Screenwriter Blogs

Script Magazine has a wide variety of contributors, each specializing in a unique area of screenwriting. All of our screenwriting blogs are written by screenwriting experts whose advice comes from years of experience in the industry. Our list of contributors grows and changes as the needs of our readers change. Script Magazine has evolved from just a Hollywood voice to a global voice, with writers from L.A. to London, examining studio productions, web series, independent filmmaking and more.

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Writing Wrap Up: China Here Now!

We writers often live in our heads, and today I’m urging us collectively to be here, now, right in the present. Philosophy and religion have tons of literature about this subject, but I have learned from years of writing and working with scribes and entrepreneurs that to accomplish something, it is extremely helpful to...

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Meet the Reader: ‘Bio Tricks’ for Writing Biopics

I’m reading for a screenwriting competition right now, which means I’m reading a lot of biopics – screenplays that tell the life stories of famous or significant people. Up-and-coming screenwriters love to pen biopics. It’s not hard to understand why – at first glance, the experiences of important or glamorous folks would seem to...

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Writer’s Edge: New Structure For Sitcoms

In the 1950′s, 1960′s, and 1970′s, the structure for sitcoms was one single plot line from the beginning to the end of the episode. An example would be a wife tries to keep the dent she put in the fender of the family car, a secret from her husband. Starting in the 1990′s, sitcom...

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Writers’ Room 101: The Most Important Rule

There are very few absolute musts when it comes to the writers’ room. On almost any show you can name, there are small variations in terms of how certain things get done, but the basic process is pretty much the same nearly everywhere. Therefore, I’m going to do my best to refrain from being...

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Stories Without Borders: Emergent Israeli Films

What do you think of when you think of an Israeli? Entebbe? Munich? Moshe Dayan and his eye patch? Pictures of IDF soldiers in riot gear? Or maybe, you think of black-clad ultra-orthodox men throwing rocks or some terribly beautiful, young Israeli vacationers in Thailand or South America, both cocksure and a bit intolerable...

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Write, Direct, Repeat: Marketing Your Short Film, Part 2

In the current independent film scene, filmmakers are expected to do much of the marketing of their own films. Since the goals for a short film are often different than for a feature — with learning the craft and gaining exposure often trumping making a profit and securing your next project — short filmmaking...