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Drew Yanno

About Drew Yanno

Drew Yanno began writing for film in 1993 and has been a member of the WGA since 1995 when he sold his script No Safe Haven to Universal Studios after a six hour bidding war. In 2000, Drew founded the screenwriting program in the Film Studies department at Boston College where he taught for eleven years. He is the author of The Third Act: Writing a Great Ending to Your Screenplay. His second book Idea to Story to Screenplay: a Workbook For Writing the First Draft of Your Screenplay is now available as a Kindle e-book on Amazon. Drew’s first novel In the Matter of Michael Vogel was released in March 2013 and was named one of the best Kindle Books of 2013 by Digital Book Today. In addition to writing and teaching, Drew also worked as a script consultant and served as an adviser to actor and producer Will Smith on a number of projects. Prior to becoming a screenwriter and screenwriting professor, Drew was a practicing attorney and taught law in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. Follow Drew on Twitter @drewyanno.

Column D: Writing Your Main Character – Have You Seen This Man?

Drew Yanno is a screenwriter, author, script consultant and teacher. Follow Drew on Twitter @drewyanno. One of the most common problems beginning screenwriters seem to have is grasping the notion that your script must have a single main character who drives the story. There are two exceptions to this: (1) the...

COLUMN D: Should You Take Him Back? (When to use Flashback)

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! I want to talk to you today about one of the more controversial tools in the screenwriter’s toolbox – and that’s flashback. Like voice-over, flashback is “frowned upon” by screenwriting gurus, professors and so-called purists. The reason for all that frowning...

Column D – Story Receptors

In case you missed it, The Hollywood Reporter published an article recently (two actually) bemoaning the dismal summer box office numbers this year. So far, reports are that movie revenue is down twenty percent, and if the trend continues, the full year will come in at four or five percent below...

Column D: More Sausage – The Screenwriting Process, Part 2

In my previous post, I wrote about the three stages of screenwriting. In this one, I want to focus on the third of those stages – namely, re-writing. I think that for most screenwriters, this is probably an individual thing. I’m not certain that it’s something that can even be taught....

Column D: Making the Sausage – The Screenwriting Process

In this post I want to talk to you about the screenwriting process. The actual nitty-gritty of writing the script. The sausage-making, if you will. For starters, I believe most beginning screenwriters tend to look at writing a script as a singular thing and when you look back after finishing it,...