Brad Riddell

Back to the Chalkboard: Screenwriting Polygamy

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! It’s a Sin! No manager or agent will represent you. No studio or producer will buy your script. You must build your brand and be consistent! You must not confuse the very smart, often Ivy League-educated people who run production companies,...

Mission of the Moment

Back to the Chalkboard: The Mission of the Moment

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Have you ever found yourself in a singular moment where you felt hyper-driven to achieve a very specific goal? I’m sure you have, and I bet you can think of something better than that time your morning was placed in serious...

Do you have a personal connection to your screenplay?

Back to the Chalkboard: Personal Connection

Have you ever had to write something you didn’t care about? Think back to high school, college, grad school, or even your job – there must have been some paper or assignment that you simply could not motivate yourself to write until the last possible minute. Or, you actually started writing...

Location Location Location

Back to the Chalkboard: Location, Location, Location

One of my favorite classes to teach is a topics course on scene writing.  In that class, we discard the macro elements of structure and character arc, break out the microscope, and take a closer look at the tiny cells that make up any piece of dramatic writing – its scenes....