Sci-Fi Circuit by Jenna Avery

Sci-Fi Circuit: Sci-fi screenwriter and writing coach Jenna Avery explores what makes great sci-fi, what it takes to make sci-fi spec scripts sell in today’s market, and how to master the art of sci-fi screenwriting. Jenna’s articles about the craft of sci-fi, her reviews of sci-fi features, and and her interviews with industry experts and working screenwriters are designed to help sci-fi screenwriters discover how to make their scripts marketable, well-structured, effective, and meaningful in this unusual and important genre with the power to provoke cultural insight.


Sci-Fi Circuit: Exploring the Problem of Exposition in Sci-Fi

One of the challenges with writing good science fiction is introducing not only the world itself, but any story background needed to set the stage for what’s to come. In my recent interview with Amazon Studios-optioned Adam Pachter, he mentioned his pet peeve about screenwriters using voiceover to get away with exposition that might...


Sci-Fi Circuit: Writing Low Budget Sci-Fi

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! If you’ve been following this column for a while, you’ll have seen the many recommendations about focusing on writing low-budget spec scripts from both screenwriting gurus like Chris Soth and Scott Myers, as well as sci-fi screenwriters who have been successfully breaking into the...


Sci-Fi Circuit: Movies with a Message

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! One of the primary reasons I love sci-fi is that it provides a powerful vehicle for exploring social issues that might otherwise be too politically incorrect to tackle head on. I cut my sci-fi teeth watching Star Trek, which is known for its many...


Sci-Fi Circuit: The Enneagram of Sci-Fi

As a sci-fi screenwriter, I’m interested in more than just big tent pole movies. I want to write and see sci-fi stories with heart, stories that make me feel, stories that reveal character. I’ve always been a huge fan of Firefly and Serenity for that reason, and Joss Whedon continued to impress me particularly...