Reading Time: 6 minutes It a phrase we all fear.. script rewriting. However almost every screenwriter will share the adage “writing is rewriting.” Certainly, we would all like to get our film script right on the first pass. Due to the amount of details involved with crafting a screenplay, script rewriting is an inevitable part of the process. Interpreting
Reading Time: 5 minutes This article is an introduction to an artful element of screenwriting that maintains a degree of mystery – script dialogue. Alfred Hitchcock famously criticized American films as “pictures of people talking.” While screenwriters should always opt to show rather than tell, learning to write film dialogue is an essential skill. Tricks & Craft of Writing
Reading Time: 4 minutes This article will focus on script coverage how to keep a positive attitude while navigating bad feedback and projects that fall short. Thumbs down. Bomb. Page one-rewrite. While these are the most fatalistic forms of feedback, knowing how to manage unfavourable script coverage is an essential skill. Manage Expectations Firstly, it’s easy for students and
Reading Time: 4 minutes So, you’ve learned how to write a script. However, probably the most underrated skill set of any filmmaker is the ability to pitch a script. A good pitch allows people to envision your script within their imaginations. Therefore, it’s essential that writers, producers, and directors know how to pitch a script. What Is A Pitch?
Reading Time: 6 minutes Have you been scouring the internet in search of screenwriting jobs? don’t worry! Back in the glory days of the Hollywood Studio system, an aspiring screenwriter could find a job on the lot and work their way into the writers room. In contrast, the modern screenwriting landscape would be unrecognisable to studio legends like Preston
Reading Time: 5 minutes In this article we look at a few different scriptwriting techniques to create your first short film. We’ve all seen shelves at bookstores and libraries packed full of books about how to write movies. You can probably list some from memory: Syd Field’s Screenplay, Robert McKee’s Story, Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat!. However, while these
Reading Time: 5 minutes We’ve all heard stories about writers propelling themselves to stardom by selling their first script. While bits and pieces of a screenwriter career have been glamorized, many aspects of starting out get omitted. This article will focus on ways you can create opportunities for yourself as an early-career screenwriter. Best Festivals/Competitions to Enter Film festivals
Reading Time: 5 minutes So you’ve made the decision to write a screenplay. Great! You set your alarm early, brew a pot of coffee, pull up Final Draft, and type FADE IN. There’s only one small problem: You don’t know how to write a script. Don’t worry! There are many tricks for selecting your first script, especially if you
Reading Time: 4 minutes Just how do you become a professional screenwriter? Screenwriting is one of the most desirable job roles in filmmaking, making success within this role especially difficult. The good news is screenwriters are highly paid, taking home an average of 2% of the films overall production budget. In this article, you will learn about how to
Reading Time: 3 minutes In Part 1 (How to Format a Screenplay), we discussed the four main components: scene headings (also known as slug lines), action (also known as scene description, dialogue, and transitions. In Part 2, we’ll go further. Let’s dive in! Special Situations There will be times when you need even more tools in your formatting toolbox.