People outline imperfectly. That is a good thing.

This December, I taught an online class about outlining. I broke development into 6 phases. Express an idea as a simple premise. Expand logline as a one page precis that delineates act breaks. Break the one page in a series of 30-50 distinct beats, 7 words per beat. Flesh out the beats into 100-300 words... Continue Reading →


Analyzing the WGA award nominees for the last five years.

Every year, the WGA selects five nominees for "Best Original Screenplay." These are the nominees from the last five years. Title Authors Writer/ Director? Written by Outsider? Notes American Hustle Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell Yes No* Singer was a BU dropout who worked as a night janitor, then sold the International in 2009.... Continue Reading →

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