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.
Ray Morton using The Beaver to illustrate how even the best ideas by the most talented people can go awry if the storytellers don’t decide.
There are many important ingredients in a screenplay: premise, plot, characters, dialogue, and so on. One of the most important is logic. Ray Morton shares some of the many ways logic functions in a screen narrative.
This month marks the 35th anniversary of the release of one of the all-time great movies: E.T.: The Extra-terrestrial, Steven Spielberg’s wonderful cinematic fable about a 10-year-old boy from a broken family who befriends an alien. Step behind the scenes to see how E.T. came to life.
After reading countless spec scripts, professional script reader Ray Morton has noticed a variety of mistakes writers consistently make. See if you're making any of those same blunders.
Screenwriters always how to sell a script, but Ray Morton explains the better question really should be how to get your screenplay read by a potential buyer?