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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Writer’s Edge: Multiple Themes

One of my favorite films of all time is the acclaimed masterpiece The Wild Bunch by director, Sam Peckinpah. It’s affectionately been described as “aging outlaws running out of banks to rob and badlands to ride.” It sports a veteran cast starring William Holden, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’brien and Ernest Borgnine. The dialogue is...

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Finding Writers’ Groups

Leave the well-known Inner Harbor tourist area of Baltimore on straight as a rod Eastern Avenue and you will come to a neighborhood of row homes, parks, busy street-front shops and The Patterson. The Patterson was one of the great movie houses of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s but is now home to the...

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Submissions Insanity: Cliché Clanger Dialogue

. So, the average spec screenplay has waaaaay TOO MUCH dialogue in and are often highly theatrical: screenPLAYS, if you will. We all know this. But worse than that, within that script will be cliché clanger dialogue lines script readers read SO often, it can amount to a one way ticket to PASSville. True story. So...

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Script Gods Must Die: William Morris Memories

Long elephant years ago, I was with the William Morris agency. Back then the air was clean, the economy robust, and the logo at William Morris looked like this: Then came the ’08 economic implosion and the ’09 merger of William Morris and Endeavor. Endeavor, of course, famous for the agent Ari Emanuel, portrayed...

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History In Action: Writing the Period Piece Script

Jon James Miller is a screenwriter, novelist and frequent online presenter. His first novel, a historical fiction based on an original screenplay, will be published Spring 2015. For more information, go to: www.jonjamesmiller.com Writing the historical, or, period script is one of the hardest genres to pull off successfully. It takes an incredible amount...

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Behind the Lines with DR: The Schneid – First Writing Credits, Part 2

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. Read part one of The Schneid – First Writing Credits After two directors, umpteenth screenplay drafts, financing snafus, and a location-crushing case of Montezuma’s Revenge, the studio...

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Writers’ Room 101: “Showrunners” Movie Review

Eric Haywood has written for network and premium cable television series including ABC’s Private Practice, Showtime’s Soul Food, NBC’s Hawaii, and the upcoming Fox drama Empire. And now for something completely different… Since this blog is dedicated to breaking down the process of television writing, I don’t normally take time out to review films...

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Screenplay Submissions: How to Handle “No”

Anne Kleinman is a marketing expert at Ad Infinitum. Earlier this week I was speaking with a friend and colleague, who at one time trained comediennes and today, is a sales trainer. The irony in that is for another post. During the course of our conversation we were speaking about effective responses in a...

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Writers on the Web: Veteran Producer/Literary Manager Gary W. Goldstein on Breaking Into Hollywood (Part One)

Rebecca Norris is a writer, producer, web enthusiast, and creator of the award-winning web series Split with her production company, Freebird Entertainment. Follow Rebecca on Twitter at @beckaroohoo. I was honored to have the opportunity to sit down with veteran producer and literary manager Gary W. Goldstein (Pretty Woman, Under Siege, The Mothman Prophecies)....