How to Write a Short Film

Many screenwriters break into the industry by writing a short film for film festivals to showcase their work. Writing a short film is a great way to give an audience a glimpse at your ability to tell a story succinctly. Write a short film and get noticed.

Indievelopment: Taking Feedback Notes

If you’re going to be a writer, you’re going to get feedback notes. And if you’re going to be a professional writer, you’re going to get some savage notes along the way which you’ll have to listen to and use to make your writing better. And it takes about the first...

Spit Takes: Writing Short and Funny for the Internet

Given that I’ve written material for some of the biggest players on the Internet, I’d like to impart some advice on what it takes to write a successful web video. Keep in mind that I’m not talking about writing a web series. I’m talking about writing those short videos you see...

Short Circuit: $200 Million Dollar Filmmaking Advice from Tate Taylor

By Dan Goforth His first short film was a festival favorite. His first independent feature was followed by a studio-backed worldwide release that grossed over $200 million. I asked writer-director-actor Tate Taylor to reflect on his experiences in order to provide The Help you need in making your own film. Script: You’ve blazed a...

Call for Entries: Toronto International Short Film Festival

Writing short films is yet another way a screenwriter can get noticed, either by entering contests or film festivals. If you have a short film ready for submission, the esteemed Toronto International Short Film Festival is accepting entries for consideration: DEADLINE: JULY 9, 2013 The Toronto International Short Film Festival provides...

Musings From a First-Timer at Cannes Film Festival

Ah, the Cannes Film Festival.  Where glitzy red carpet premieres and ball-gown and tuxedo-clad celebrities abound, everyone drinking champagne, hobnobbing and dancing until the break of dawn.  Oh, the glamour of it all… … or so I mused while on my flight to France, reading aloud a French phrase book a...