As a professional script reader with years of experience, Ray Morton gives advice on five types of movie ideas a screenwriter should avoid.
Ray Morton examines the heart of a dramatic story. A story that does not have this form and structure and that does not contain these elements may be a narrative, but it will not be drama.
Steven Spielberg’s luminous epic about mankind’s first meeting with extra-terrestrial life was a critical and financial smash. Ray Morton explains how, four decades later, the film remains notable for many reasons.
After reading countless spec scripts, professional script reader Ray Morton has noticed a variety of mistakes writers consistently make. See if you're making any of those same blunders.
Ray Morton sits down with playwright and screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire as he details the feature-film adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Rabbit Hole' and why he had to re-imagine the stageplay almost entirely to turn it into a movie.
Some writers complain that Ray Morton's script assessments are a bit harsh – that he focuses more on the negative aspects of their scripts than the positive. “Why can’t you be nice?” they ask plaintively.
In the past decade or so, movies have become enamored of backstory. Ray Morton explains the art of revealing backstory without excessive prologues or flashbacks.
Ray Morton explains how for a screenplay to be successful, it must be a movie – the material in the script and the manner in which it is presented must be such that it is plausible that a motion picture could be made from it. You’d be surprised at how many...
With the growing number of film franchises, Ray Morton takes a look at the original franchise, 'Planet of the Apes,' and see what lessons we might learn from it.