Screenwriting How-To Articles

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Breaking & Entering: The Audience Is Listening

A producer who’s sold to all the majors, Barri Evins created Big Ideas to give aspiring screenwriters what it takes to break into the business by sharing methods she uses with professional writers. Remember the thrill of sitting in a darkened movie theatre, the film about to start, and being surrounded by the spine-tingling...

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Why Spec Scripts Fail: Shooting Scripts vs. Spec Scripts

Stewart Farquhar holds Screenwriting and Advanced Screenwriting certificates from the Professional Program at The UCLA School of Theatre Film and Television. Stewart has analyzed over 4,000 scripts for private and studio clients. Shooting vs. Spec. A conundrum. There is a lot of gnashing of teeth by a variety of well-meaning critics and pundits when...

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Writing the Documentary

There are no set rules for writing the documentary film. However, you do need to make clear choices in order to convey your subject matter. You can choose to follow the traditional 3-act structure or a nontraditional narrative format. Or you can choose to present your ideas subjectively or objectively. You can include stock...

Time To Write

Writers’ Room 101: Writing And Rewriting Your TV Episode

Congratulations! You finally made it. You’ve pitched. You’ve beat and broken. You’ve outlined. You’ve completed – along with lots of help from the rest of your writing staff – all the steps necessary to get the episode you’ll be writing approved by the powers that be. Now the day has finally come when the...

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Behind the Lines with DR: Ego Management – Chicken or the Egg?

Doug Richardson’s first produced feature was the sequel to Die Hard, Die Harder. Visit Doug’s site for more Hollywood war stories and information on his popular novels. It’s no secret the entertainment biz is rife with personalities. Big ones. Fast-talking. Recalcitrant. And quite a significant number that could best be described as having some...