Steven Spielberg’s luminous epic about mankind’s first meeting with extra-terrestrial life was a critical and financial smash. Ray Morton explains how, four decades later, the film remains notable for many reasons.
After reading countless spec scripts, professional script reader Ray Morton has noticed a variety of mistakes writers consistently make. See if you're making any of those same blunders.
Ray Morton sits down with playwright and screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire as he details the feature-film adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Rabbit Hole' and why he had to re-imagine the stageplay almost entirely to turn it into a movie.
Some writers complain that Ray Morton's script assessments are a bit harsh – that he focuses more on the negative aspects of their scripts than the positive. “Why can’t you be nice?” they ask plaintively.
In the past decade or so, movies have become enamored of backstory. Ray Morton explains the art of revealing backstory without excessive prologues or flashbacks.
Ray Morton explains how for a screenplay to be successful, it must be a movie – the material in the script and the manner in which it is presented must be such that it is plausible that a motion picture could be made from it. You’d be surprised at how many...
With the growing number of film franchises, Ray Morton takes a look at the original franchise, 'Planet of the Apes,' and see what lessons we might learn from it.
While it is always his goal to find material he can recommend, Ray Morton passes on 90% of the scripts he reads. Find out what gets a script a pass.
Ray Morton discusses how much of today’s darkness in films feels like style rather than substance, risking leaving an audience feeling it's inauthentic.