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Bill Boyle

About Bill Boyle

Bill Boyle is an award winning screenwriter who has become one of the most popular script consultants in the industry. He has consulted on nearly 1,000 screenplays and Creative Screenwriting Magazine rated him among the top 10% of screenwriting consultants. In addition to teaching at UCLA Extensions and mentoring young screenwriters Mr. Boyle also maintains his own successful screenwriting career. Films based on his screenplays have received multiple awards and recognition. He is the lead proponent of a visual style of screenwriting called “The Visual Mindscape of Screenplay” that focuses on the visual and visceral aspects of screenwriting. His textbook of the same name was released in early 2013.

Establishing Atmosphere with the Visual Mindscape

No, I haven’t disappeared. Due to time constraints I have decided to cut back to a monthly column rather than every two weeks. The two primary screenwriting devices that are most often ignored are narrative pacing, which I discussed in an earlier posting, and Atmosphere. Atmosphere is the visceral experience created...

Visual Mindscape: How to Choose a Script Consultant

I begin with a full disclosure that in addition to being a screenwriter I am also a script consultant. As such, I must admit to a certain bias toward the value of script consulting to writers. I like to think of myself more as a script mentor than a consultant, and...

Visual Mindscape: The Pulse of Screenplay Dialogue

Screenplay dialogue is not like any other form of dialogue. It is distinct from the literary dialogue of novels as there is no on-going narrator to interpret and condense the speeches and reveal the inner thoughts and memories of the characters. There is a huge difference in words that are meant...

VISUAL MINDSCAPE: The First Image in Your Screenplay

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! I am sure that by now you have heard how important the first ten pages of a screenplay are in capturing the interest of the reader. I would take it a step further. The opening, the set up, the first image...

Visual Mindscape: A Query Letter to Incite

Before I get into the Query Letter I have something that I want to share with you. Those of you who know me and my work are aware that I have been fortunate enough to have every screenplay I have written either produced or optioned (and I don’t mean the Danny...

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Visual Mindscape: Overcoming Writer’s Block (No, Really)

Writers Block comes in many different guises.  For me there are three: Laziness, Boredom and Overwhelm. As for any other reasons out there, to tell you the truth, I don’t want to know about them. These three have caused me enough grief over the years. But I have found ways to...

Visual Mindscape: Film Locations as Allegory

Sometimes the specific needs of a scene lock you into a particular location.  But, in situations where this is not the case, you might consider choosing film locations that add a degree of richness to the scene. Often the obvious location is simply generic and adds very little to the story....

Visual Mindscape: The Kinetic Logline

Edward Albee once said “Any play that can be described in one line should be only one line long.” I couldn’t agree more, but the reality is we need loglines to help sell our scripts, and they are not going away, at least not in my lifetime. As I was so...

Visual Mindscape: Never Do a Free Option Agreement

I could make this the shortest column ever run in Scriptmag.com by simply saying; never, never enter into a free Option Agreement. There is never a valid or compelling reason to do so. I don’t care if it is your first screenplay or not, don’t do it. Have I made myself...