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Writers on the Verge: Championing Your Screenplay

Filmmaking is a collaborative process, right? Everyone says you gotta get notes, and you gotta learn how to take them early. Don’t be precious about your work. Do what you have to do for the sake of your script. But then you go out there, and for every person you show...

Balls of Steel: Editing is Murder

The email pings. It’s your trusted script consultant. Yes! Maybe she loved your script. You open the message with hope and excitement: “Script is great… but cut 25 pages.” Slashing 25 words is one thing, but cutting 25 pages takes an entirely different approach. You’ll need Dexter for that killing spree....

Get A New Story: Adjust Your Attitude About Rewrites

As I embarked recently on a major rewrite of a feature script, I bumped into a big wall of resistance. While I didn’t think my script was necessarily perfect, I was attached to my story in its then-current form. So even though I was getting feedback about the need for significant...

Behind the Lines with DR: Writer in a Chicken Suit

With your permission, let me set the scene. The place was a casual-styled conference room at a movie studio. The characters in the room were the studio’s president of production, his younger executive VP of development, a pair of even younger creative execs marking on trademark legal pads, and yours truly,...

Meet the Reader: Deck Chairs

A while back, I received a rewrite of a script by an aspiring screenwriter that I have been working with for a while now. The first draft was based on a very cool idea and had some terrific elements in it with an enormous amount of potential, but the overall piece...