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Ask the Expert – Movie Flubs

Question: “What are the most common movie flubs and how can I avoid/correct them in my writing?” Answer: I’ve read a gazillion screenplays over the past several years, and the following are my ten favorite clichés and glaring goofs. Avoid these flubs in your screenplay, or handle them in a creative...

Concept is King

In today’s tight spec-script market, nothing is more important than your idea. In fact, an inferior concept can render even talent and opportunity effectively meaningless.

The Scoggins Report: February 2012 Pitch Scorecard

The Scoggins Report is a compilation of sales and trends in the industry. Archive editions can be found on Details on every person, project, and company covered by the Report can also be found at The Report is reprinted at by permission of the authors.

Acting Challenges

A good screenplay is a wonderful thing, but no matter how impressive a script may be, its potential will remain forever unfulfilled unless it is actually made into a movie. There are a lot of factors that influence whether or not a screenplay gets produced, but in today’s film industry, the...

Is Hollywood Allergic to Your Genre?

If you habitually write in one of these “unpopular” genres, when you go out to pitch your script, you may feel about as welcome as Hannibal Lecter at a potluck dinner party. Staton Rabin offers hope!

Landing Your First Assignment

There’s more opportunity out there for new scribes than just the fabled spec sale. In fact, writing assignments represent a more reliable path to a genuine livelihood. When most aspiring screenwriters imagine their successful against-all-odds assault on Hollywood, they think in terms of a big spec sale that changes their lives...

Podcast: Richard Curtis on Steven Spielberg’s War Horse

Screenwriter Richard Curtis is a legend in romantic comedy writing -- Bridget Jones's Diary, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Love Actually to name a few. So, how did one amazing rom-com writer get to adapt a period drama about a boy separated from his horse during World War I?...