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.
Before you submit your script for coverage or critique, make sure your work is void of things that annoy script readers! Professional script reader, Brian O'Malley, shares insights into things script readers hate to see in a screenplay.
You may need to grab a reader's attention on page one, but don't underestimate the importance of your story ending. Ray Morton shares insights on how to create a stellar film ending.
Giving and taking notes from peers is truly invaluable in many ways. Aarthi Ramanathan explains how to give feedback that doesn't ruin a friendship.
A new director attaching to your project usually means rewrites. This week, Manny Fonseca updates you on the status of his current script, Whittier.
There are many important ingredients in a screenplay: premise, plot, characters, dialogue, and so on. One of the most important is logic. Ray Morton shares some of the many ways logic functions in a screen narrative.
Professional screenwriter Craig Van Sickle opines his dislike of novice script writers investing their money in script feedback services when they're often kept in the dark about who is reading their material and giving them "expert" notes.
Beatriz at Dinner (written by Mike White, directed by Miguel Arteta) has all the elements that make for a scintillating evening -- until it doesn't. Paul Joseph Gulino shares tips on how to deliver what your audience wants.
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.
Getting your script ripped apart can be heartbreaking. Vicky Hinault gives 6 tips for dealing with honest feedback.