As a professional script reader with years of experience, Ray Morton gives advice on five types of movie ideas a screenwriter should avoid.
Order of Operations isn't just for mathematics. Ray Morton created one for script revision as well – a way of prioritizing the elements of a screenplay from what he considers the most important to the least important.
Ray Morton examines the heart of a dramatic story. A story that does not have this form and structure and that does not contain these elements may be a narrative, but it will not be drama.
While many gurus tout quick screenwriting tips, the craft of screenwriting is anything but quick and easy. Ray Morton examines the importance of tackling the heavy lifting of dramatic writing.
Ray Morton's process of screenplay analysis involves examining five key story components. In part two, he discusses the final key components.
When analyzing a script, Ray Morton focuses on five key components and then asks one essential question. In part one, he discusses the first three key components.
While audiences like to be surprised, they also have very definite preconceptions of a movie. Ray Morton gives tips for balancing audience expectations.
You may need to grab a reader's attention on page one, but don't underestimate the importance of your story ending. Ray Morton shares insights on how to create a stellar film ending.
When sitting down to write a script, some aspiring screenwriters have an aversion to the actual writing part. Ray Morton explains how this aversion manifests on the page.
Steven Spielberg’s luminous epic about mankind’s first meeting with extra-terrestrial life was a critical and financial smash. Ray Morton explains how, four decades later, the film remains notable for many reasons.