specs and the city

Specs & The City: One Year Later

This week, I’d like to do something a little different. Normally, as you know, you can read my column and find a discussion on the various aspects of screenwriting and real-world examples, illustrating exactly how you can use them in your own scripts. But today is a special day: it’s the...

Specs & The City: Movie Cliches and ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’

During a recent #scriptchat (check out the transcript if you’ve never joined in), the topic of the evening was movie clichés. The conversation was excellent and engaging as usual, and the topic stuck with me, so I decided to explore it a little further in this week’s column. It’s commonly said (some...

Specs & The City: Writing Exposition and ‘Little Miss Sunshine’

Exposition. It’s the necessary evil of screenwriting. No one – writers, readers, audiences – enjoys or even really appreciates it, but it’s a vital component to fully understanding the main story you’re trying to tell. How can your audience truly understand the plot, themes, or characters you’re presenting if you don’t...

Specs & The City: Babies and ‘Your Script’

It’s a funny thing, the way the mind of a writer works. You see, writing isn’t everything to me. I allow myself other interests. Time away from the keyboard – to actually get out there and live life – is just as vital to my process as scheduling (and keeping) time...