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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.

Visual Mindscape: Voice Overs – Yes You Can!

“And God help you if you use voice-over in your work, my friends. God help you. That’s flaccid, sloppy writing. Any idiot can write a voice-over narration to explain the thoughts of a character.” The Robert McKee character in Adaptation. The irony does not elude me; that I, the leading proponent...

Visual Mindscape: Fundamentalism in Screenwritng

As I mentioned in the last column, A Different Take on Screenplay Structure, the Three Act Structure has been pushed onto young writers when there are numerous other forms of storytelling available and worth consideration. The reason for this is, in part, to offer purpose and validation to many of the...

Visual Mindscape: A Different Take on Screenplay Structure

From the outset, young screenwriters are told either through lectures, seminars, or the numerous screenwriting books, the importance of the Three Act Structure in screenwriting. I don’t agree.  I did buy into this for a number of years, more for the convenience it offered than anything else, but the more I...

Welcome to the Visual Mindscape of the Screenplay

Welcome to the Visual Mindscape of Screenwriting. Like attempting to create a logline out of a full screenplay, deciding what to write about in my first column out of all the topics I want to share with you can be a little daunting. So let me begin by explaining the whole...