Screenwriting

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Alt-Script: How To Become a Better Screenwriter

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! I want you to consider the possibility that the following statement is true: “You can’t learn to be a good screenwriter solely by writing, getting notes on your writing and reading articles about screenwriting.” Although all of those processes are useful, ultimately they fall...

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Why Spec Scripts Fail: Shooting Scripts vs. Spec Scripts

Stewart Farquhar holds Screenwriting and Advanced Screenwriting certificates from the Professional Program at The UCLA School of Theatre Film and Television. Stewart has analyzed over 4,000 scripts for private and studio clients. Shooting vs. Spec. A conundrum. There is a lot of gnashing of teeth by a variety of well-meaning critics and pundits when...

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Column D: Starting Your Script – Somebody Wants Something

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! In this post, I want to continue our discussion of the starting point of your script – the idea. In a previous post, I talked about how to measure the strength of your idea. Namely, should you invest the time and effort to pursue...

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Back to the Chalkboard: Empathy and LIFE ITSELF

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! In a recent text exchange with a screenwriter friend of mine, I lamented, “Life is Sooooo F*#king Hard!” Without getting into the details of my travails, I can tell you I don’t have Ebola virus and I am not homeless and starving. I understand...

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Why Spec Scripts Fail: Ignorance vs. Arrogance

Stewart Farquhar holds Screenwriting and Advanced Screenwriting certificates from the Professional Program at The UCLA School of Theatre Film and Television. Stewart has analyzed over 4,000 scripts for private and studio clients. “Knowledge makes people humble. Arrogance makes people ignorant.” I wish I knew the correct author of that thought. The desire to write a successful spec...