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Notes from the Margins: Cracking the Executive Code

By Danny Manus Ever feel like executives are just speaking a totally different language than you are? That they are on a different page? Are you getting mixed messages and not sure what the right thing to say or do is? Are you wondering if, when the exec said “I love...

Notes From The Margins: Meet Danny Manus… Again

In 2004, Script Magazine published my first article on screenwriting in its hard copy magazine. It was called “The Pass Pile: 10 Reasons I Passed on Your Script.” It was a big moment for me. I had studied journalism in college before switching over to Film/TV, and I always wanted to...

Monday Morning Editor Picks: Screenwriting Webinars

Every Wednesday The Writers Store offers live screenwriting webinars. They’re a great way to learn from the comfort of your own home. Often times, they include some sort of critique, for example, feedback on a logline or perhaps the first 5 pages of a script. Check each webinar individually to see...

An Interview with Writer/Director Clare Kilner

Technically, I don’t start my new ScriptMag column, “Notes From The Margins” until next week (very exciting!). But I wanted to bring you something special first. An interview with Hollywood writer/director Clare Kilner, whom I met when she became attached to a project I helped develop while at Clifford Werber Productions....

Ask the Expert: Making Sure Your Subplots Aren’t Sub-Par

Question: How many subplots should I have and how do I make them work with the overall story? A man can’t live on ‘A’ storylines alone – and neither can your scripts. If you’re not crafting and interweaving compelling subplots and B stories into your script, your story will probably feel...