The Matrix

Specs & The City: Symbols and ‘The Matrix’

So you’ve got basic formatting down. You know how to move from an outline, to a first draft, and on into rewriting. You’ve even finally wrangled that pesky dialogue monster that haunts so many writers. And after all of this hard work, your script is good. Really good. But it’s not...

Story Maps by Daniel Calvisi Book Review

Story Analyst Dan Calvisi used to only reveal the inner workings of his method to his students and script consulting clients now but he’s sharing his template in his new eBook: Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay, available as a download purchase directly off his on his Act Four...

BALLS OF STEEL: The Passion of a Huston

If you have the name “Huston," any door in the film industry will fly open… or will it? We're sure you’ve heard the myth a million times: It’s not what you know; it’s who you know. Pull up a bar stool while Jeanne Veillette Bowerman blasts that myth out of the...

Using SAVE THE CAT’s Ten “Genres”

SAVE THE CAT has redefined how Erik Bork looks at types of movie stories, in a way that he thinks can be really helpful to writers. He believes Blake Snyder's “genres” speak to the main question professional readers are asking: “Is the main character’s problem (and plan) big, compelling, and entertaining...

Script Secrets Assignment: Character in Conflict

The next chapter of our Script Secrets assignments, CONFLICT! Every scene in your script should have conflict... that way we can explore character. Screenwriting is dramatic writing. It's about people with really big problems which will be solved through emotionally charged action or dialogue scenes. Script contributor William Martell is here...