rewriting a script

Specs & The City: Writing Tone and ‘Children of Men’

There are certain things we learn as part of the “basics” as we grow in our craft as screenwriters; core aspects that we need to master. These four cornerstones – Premise, Plot, Character, and Dialogue – tend to receive the lion’s share of attention, but there are other aspects of your...

Pilar Alessandra – The Script Whisperer

Editor’s Note: Pilar Alessandra lectures at Screenwriters World Conference West this weekend in L.A. Don’t miss the chance to experience her wisdom first hand. Get a discount code for SWCW at the bottom of this post. By John W. Kim Screenwriters come to her from all walks of life and all...

Indievelopment: Taking Feedback Notes

If you’re going to be a writer, you’re going to get feedback notes. And if you’re going to be a professional writer, you’re going to get some savage notes along the way which you’ll have to listen to and use to make your writing better. And it takes about the first...

Behind the Lines with DR: Good Guys and Bad Boys

I needed an ice pack. Without a warm up, I’d just tossed what felt like a hundred fastballs to a Little League team I’d been coaching. I was doing a traffic-crawl to my home office, my right shoulder was in spasm, and Lucas Foster, who at the time was running development...

Balls of Steel: Rewrite from the Gut

To really push this script up the hill, we needed a stronger lead. So today, I sat down with colored index cards and spread them around my gigantic dining room table. No one is allowed to eat until I’m done. Social services will be here any minute, I’m sure.