Breaking In by Staton Rabin

If you’re old enough to have felt a pang when Mickey Rooney died, but young (or hip) enough to know who Pharrell Williams is, BREAKING IN is for you. Quality is quality, whether in a classic movie, or the latest Oscar-nominated song. Learn from the best. Staton Rabin has evaluated more screenplays than there are grains of sand on Laguna Beach. Her credo? Write with passion, learn craft, market intelligently. With wisdom garnered from decades in the film business, realistic but never cynical, Staton Rabin’s myth-busting column gives you the nitty-gritty on becoming a better screenwriter.

BREAKING IN: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Script Doom

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Staton Rabin is a screenplay marketing consultant, script analyst, and “pitch coach” for screenwriters at all levels of experience. “What goes on four feet in the morning, two feet at noon, and three feet in the evening?” That’s one version of...

Breaking In: Abraham Lincoln, Verbosity Hunter

Abraham Lincoln was a great writer and public speaker– and a master of brevity.  His entire Gettysburg Address was just 272 words.  A tall man, he knew just how long or short anything should be.  Once, while riding in a stagecoach, Abraham Lincoln was asked by one of his fellow passengers how...

Breaking In: Confessions of a Screenwriter

Screenwriters, It’s confession time. Here’s mine: I collect baseball cards, I cry when watching corny old movies, and when I was a little girl I had a major crush on Jack Wild, who played “The Artful Dodger” in the movie, “Oliver!”. Okay, your turn. How many screenplays that were the basis of...