Steven Spielberg’s luminous epic about mankind’s first meeting with extra-terrestrial life was a critical and financial smash. Ray Morton explains how, four decades later, the film remains notable for many reasons.
Ray Morton using The Beaver to illustrate how even the best ideas by the most talented people can go awry if the storytellers don’t decide.
There are many important ingredients in a screenplay: premise, plot, characters, dialogue, and so on. One of the most important is logic. Ray Morton shares some of the many ways logic functions in a screen narrative.
This month marks the 35th anniversary of the release of one of the all-time great movies: E.T.: The Extra-terrestrial, Steven Spielberg’s wonderful cinematic fable about a 10-year-old boy from a broken family who befriends an alien. Step behind the scenes to see how E.T. came to life.
After reading countless spec scripts, professional script reader Ray Morton has noticed a variety of mistakes writers consistently make. See if you're making any of those same blunders.
Screenwriters always how to sell a script, but Ray Morton explains the better question really should be how to get your screenplay read by a potential buyer?
Ray Morton explores the many flaws in the movie, Passengers, coming up with a much more compelling execution plan for the original premise.
Some writers complain that Ray Morton's script assessments are a bit harsh – that he focuses more on the negative aspects of their scripts than the positive. “Why can’t you be nice?” they ask plaintively.
In the past decade or so, movies have become enamored of backstory. Ray Morton explains the art of revealing backstory without excessive prologues or flashbacks.
Ray Morton explains how for a screenplay to be successful, it must be a movie – the material in the script and the manner in which it is presented must be such that it is plausible that a motion picture could be made from it. You’d be surprised at how many spec scripts out...