Author Archives: Robert Piluso

Robert Piluso

About Robert Piluso

Robert Piluso is a film critic (The Essential Sopranos Reader), screenwriter (CS Expo 2011 Winner-Best Comedy Script, Strum & Wail; Austin Film Festival 2012 Feature Comedy Second Round), poet (Dash, The Chaffey Review), and English Professor at Chaffey College. He earned his Master of Arts in English from CSU Fullerton in 2008, and his Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Screen and Television from the University of Southern California in 2012. He lives in Southern California with his wife and daughter. Follow him on Twitter @RobertPiluso.


ScriptMag Archives: Using Juxtaposition

One is the loneliest number, but two makes for a story! Put one thing next to a contrasting thing, and tell a tale. Juxtaposition: Meaningful placement of one element in close proximity to another element, and it is an essential aspect of successful, effective screenwriting that ranges from plot to characters to setting. The...


Martin Scorsese, His Hugo, and Deism

Scorsese’s Hugo (based on the book by Brian Selznick) joins the ranks of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables and Voltaire’s Candide, other stories with Deist messages, as a profound piece of film literature about our un-accidental places in this world.

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The Craft: A Starter Guide to Researching World-of-Story

You’ve got a great idea for a movie — in the biz, that’s called the “spark.” But wait! Before you take that spark and start writing the script, before you choose a main character, before you even start story outlining, take the time to research your story’s dramatic environment — called “world-of-story” — that...

Writers on Genre at the WGAW: Action-Adventure

If you ever need to find a screenwriter on a Thursday night in July, check out the second floor of the Writers Guild of America West office building in Los Angeles, California, and you can take your pick from about hundred: male, female, young, less young, tall or less tall.

Writers on Genre at the WGAW: Horror

Would your significant other leave you if he or she read your stuff? It’s just another day at the office for these three gentlemen… For an audience of anxious screenwriter-hopefuls, respected Hollywood veteran Daniel Petrie Jr. (Beverly Hills Cop) returned July 8th, 2010, to moderate a panel comprised of Hollywood’s hottest horror scribes: Scott...

Grain: A Table Reading

Through an event series from, studio execs were treated to a table reading for Grain, about “a struggling American photojournalist in the middle of a messy separation who goes on the road with an aging Mexican matador to document Baja’s gritty world of minor league bullfighting.”