character or structure

There seems to be a big divide in the screenwriting community between those who write from character and those who write from plot. Between big budget action-types, say, and little chamber piece artistes that revel in human nature. Between wham-bam thank-you-mam 3 act, hero journey kind of guys, and those who allow their characters to…Continue Reading “Character and structure (part 1)”

writing treatments 1090x545

As I’ve started to burrow my way into the industry, I’ve found that I’ve been spending less time writing screenplays and more time writing treatments/sell-sheets/one-pagers/proposals/series bibles. Usually, these are different labels for a very similar sort of thing. Although the different names do sort of suggest a different sort of flavour of what this sort of thing (a bible is probably…Continue Reading “Writing Treatments”

This week in my downtime I’ve been mainlining the Scriptnotes Podcast by A-list Hollywood screenwriters John August (Go, Big Fish) and Craig Mazin (Hangovers parts two and three, Identity Thief). I’ve spent a couple of months away for one reason or another, but am now back and am running through the episodes. Caveat emptor, Scriptnotes…Continue Reading “Scriptnotes, a great podcast for screenwriters and those interested in screenwriting”