Reel Story by Corey Mandell

The Reel Story is where professional screenwriter Corey Mandell breaks down the tools and techniques required to write a spec screenplay that can get an agent or manager, and eventually lead to a script sale or paid writing gig. Topics explored include organic story structure, deep character development, thematic subtext, cohesion and compelling conflict. In the past three years more than 50 of Corey’s students and clients have sold features, TV pilots, landed studio assignments and won prestigious screenplay contests.

Reel Story: Most Common Reasons Why Scripts Are Rejected

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Whenever a script is submitted to the industry, it is passed off to a reader for analysis.  The reader will give the script a “recommend,” a “consider” or a “pass.” And unless it gets a recommend, probably no one else is...

Reel Story: Beware The Writer Zombies

By Corey Mandell Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Beware: The world is full of writer zombies seeking to destroy your chances of screenwriting success. Real zombies — if movies and TV shows are to be believed­ — are easy to spot. They don’t walk, they lurch. ...

REEL STORY: How ‘Breaking Bad’ Almost Wasn’t

Corey Mandell is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who has written projects for Ridley Scott, Wolfgang Petersen, Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Warner Bros., Universal, 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Family, Working Title, Paramount, Live Planet, Beacon Films, Touchstone, Trilogy, Radiant, and Walt Disney Pictures. Corey teaches screenwriting at UCLA and...