Veteran screenwriter Jeremy Leven (The Notebook, Alex and Emma, Crazy as Hell, Playing for Keeps) shows how to lay the groundwork for writing the reveal without giving it away or making the audience feel they are being toyed with.
Order of Operations isn't just for mathematics. Ray Morton created one for script revision as well – a way of prioritizing the elements of a screenplay from what he considers the most important to the least important.
Show, don’t tell is one of the classic adages about writing. But what does it really mean? Ross Brown explains how what the character does defines them more powerfully than what they say.
What will elevate your concept above the randomness of coincidence is how you make that situation ironic. Phil Parker gives tips on tackling irony in your story concept long before the rewrite.
Whenever you set writing goals, ask yourself what you want out of achieving that goal. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman shares lessons learned when striving toward a goal.
With Hollywood designing most major films as franchises, Robert Piluso examines how a screenwriter should craft their story endings to resist, or not resist, the lure of a franchise.
A new director attaching to your project usually means rewrites. This week, Manny Fonseca updates you on the status of his current script, Whittier.
Nothing should be placed in the script unless it has some kind of meaning, somehow furthering the characters or the story. David Landau explains how to use a set-up and payoff to elevate your audience's experience.
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.
Getting your script ripped apart can be heartbreaking. Vicky Hinault gives 6 tips for dealing with honest feedback.