Are you a writer who hoards information in your scripts-- the way some people save those silver wrappings from chewing gum? If so, you need to follow “The Five Minute Rule”!
Is the romantic comedy dead? Don't send for the coroner just yet. Script analyst Staton Rabin sees hope for a miraculous recovery for the genre - from an unexpected source.
Chances are, if you want to sell your screenplay to a major film producer, you’re going to have to write the kind of role that a movie star is dying to play. I accomplished this feat almost by accident when I chose Napoleon Bonaparte as the hero for my film project,...
I’ve evaluated thousands of scripts for writers, film producers, and contests over the years. Occasionally, after reading a screenplay, I say to myself, “Now, there’s a born screenwriter.” The writer may be a little “green.” He might make some rookie mistakes, such as not knowing how to show the passage of...
One of the screenplay errors that Staton Rabin sees again and again demonstrates many writers don’t understand the differences between and among dreams, visions and fantasies. There’s a big difference between keeping your audience guessing about what’s coming next and confusing the heck of them.
If you habitually write in one of these “unpopular” genres, when you go out to pitch your script, you may feel about as welcome as Hannibal Lecter at a potluck dinner party. Staton Rabin offers hope!
Do you speak that mysterious language called "Hollywood"? Learn how to interpret what they REALLY mean when they say, "I love your script!" Here's Staton Rabin's Hollywood phrasebook and translation guide.
Recently, script analyst Staton Rabin gave you the 10 signs that you should think about abandoning your screenplay. Today, she gives you her top 10 tips for knowing when to keep on submitting your script, despite rejections.
You've rewritten your script repeatedly. You've gotten excellent advice, and it's still not working! Should you quit? Or keep submitting and revising it? Here are Staton Rabin's 10 tips to help you decide whether "enough is enough."
What's the purpose of all that "white space" on the pages of your screenplay? Sometimes, it's the place where screen magic is born. Here's how to make the magic happen in your script.