We hear very little about the low-concept screenplay. At least a sizable minority of films Hollywood releases each year are of this variety.
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.
Conventional wisdom says, “Write what you love.” Barri Evins’ “Ten Reasons You Must Love What You’re Writing” proves that is wrong. “Love what you write.”
Most writers create a pitch after their script is written, but Anne-Cecille Ville shares that learning how to pitch your story before you even outline it can help you find the flaws and bang out a more solid draft.
There is a growing realization of how polarizing people’s viewpoints are across the country. Heather Taylor explores how we can create films in that post-truth environment.
Cheryl Laughlin takes you inside the Austin Film Festival RomCom panel to discover romantic comedies are far from dead.
Looking to catch a Big Fish? A rep, meeting or sale? Barri Evins’ advice on creating an irresistible lure: the ultimate bait that gets the industry to bite.
Story ideas that are high concept are key. But Jon James Miller explains how executing a high-concept screenplay is harder than you think.
Diversity in film. It needs to be more than the latest fad. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman shares her personal story writing a black film as a white writer and encourages you to step outside of your comfort zone in writing and in life.
A reader asks Dave Trottier, AKA Dr. Format, about the story goal and opposition in the film 'Good Will Hunting.'