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The Readability Factor

Dave Trottier is a produced screenwriter, award-winning teacher, acclaimed script consultant, author of The Screenwriter’s Bible , and friendly host of keepwriting.com. When you sit down and write a script, who is your audience? Is it the eventual producer? Is it the actors and director? How about the set decorator and cinematographer? Who are...

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Meet the Reader: Exposition Gone Bad

Ray Morton is a writer, senior contributor to Script Magazine and script consultant. His new book A Quick Guide to Screenwriting is now available online and in bookstores. Follow Ray on Twitter: @raymorton1 Exposition is the vital information an audience needs to have in order to understand a movie’s story – the protagonist’s tragic...

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10 Vital Pitching Tips From Austin Film Festival

I had the pleasure of returning to the Austin Film Festival to teach the pitch prep seminar alongside the wonderful and brilliant Pamela Ribon for the second year in a row. I was also one of the pitch judges for two of the pitch competition sessions, choosing two finalists in each session to go...

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Meet the Reader: 10 Tips to Get On With It

Ray Morton is a writer and script consultant. His new book A Quick Guide to Screenwriting is now available online and in bookstores. More than in any other form of storytelling, in screenwriting it is vitally important to get on with it — to get your story going and keep it going at a...