specs & the city

Specs & The City: Death Scenes and ‘Blade Runner’

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! The act of screenwriting is, at its most basic level, the act of giving life to the words and ideas inside the writer’s mind. By making the conscious choice to tell your story, you’re bringing something new into the world. To...

Specs & The City: Story Tone and ‘Batman’

Know what story you want to tell before you sit down to type FADE IN. It’s the best single piece of advice a writer can be given, but too many of us still don’t follow it. Now, I’m not talking about knowing your characters, or having a firm plot outline in...

Specs & The City: Voice-Over and ‘The Usual Suspects’

“God help you if you use voice-over in your work, my friends. God help you. That’s flaccid, sloppy writing. Any idiot can write a voice-over narration to explain the thoughts of a character.” – Robert McKee (as played by Brian Cox in ‘Adaptation’) While decried by many industry gurus as lazy...

Specs & The City: Top 10 Films of 2013

It’s that time of year again. Every year around this time, we’re barraged by list after list of the year’s “best” films. It’s an arbitrary assignment of quality based on nothing but personal opinions, but it’s also a ton of fun to look back on the year that was and reminisce...

Specs & The City: Juxtaposition and ‘The Godfather’

By Brad Johnson A lot of screenwriting advice that’s out there tends to focus on the technical side of writing a script, with structure and formatting tips dominating the landscape. There’s nothing wrong with that; knowing how to write a professional looking script is a big part of the craft. But...