Screenwriting

Derek Jeter (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

BREAKING IN: Derek Jeter and the Art of Screenwriting

Recently, an interviewer asked some top major league baseball players what their greatest fear is. For guys who don’t flinch when 90-mile-an-hour fastballs are fired at them every day, they gave some surprising answers. Some said: “Heights.” One said: “Spiders.” But how did New York Yankees superstar and future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter...

screenwriting readers vs. audience

Screenwriting for Readers vs. Audiences

By Ruth Atkinson, Story Editor & Script Consultant Here’s a screenwriting truth. A script is for READERS. A film is for AUDIENCES. Seems obvious, right? Clearly, you can’t have a film without a script but here’s the deal… Our engagement with a script is entirely different than our engagement with a film. Why? Because a...

Location Location Location

Back to the Chalkboard: Location, Location, Location

One of my favorite classes to teach is a topics course on scene writing.  In that class, we discard the macro elements of structure and character arc, break out the microscope, and take a closer look at the tiny cells that make up any piece of dramatic writing – its scenes. We focus on...

Good On The Page

Breaking & Entering: Sex Tips for Screenwriters

When I was in college, one of my favorite books was Sex Tips for Girls by the sublime Cynthia Heimel. She is as explicitly informative as she is wickedly funny. Her pointers on dating, love, and sex range from the utterly practical to the downright devilish. Not that I’m shallow, but would you have...