Reading services, from the Blacklist to me, prefer to give overall notes in a general way. They're easier to do, and harder to specifically challenge. Unfortunately, they're not always the most helpful. Take these Blacklist notes posted by reddit user wolfduke : The narrative suffers from a premise that is ungrounded, as it introduces a sprawling... Continue Reading →
A big part of writing is justification: anticipating common sense logic notes, asking them yourself in the script, and creating a plausible explanation This maintains willing suspension of disbelief, and creates specifics of character that ends up paying off later. When people don't get things, they're not flawed or bad, they're "calling out" a logical issue... Continue Reading →
Goldman once wrote that screenwriting is structure. A lot of people take that to mean that screenwriting is plot, which is it isn't. Screenwriting is about story, and story is about the immediate moments. Take James Bond. All the classic plots are pretty much the same (action scene, M tells Bond to kill a guy,... Continue Reading →
If you ever listen to Simpsons DVD commentaries, you'll hear the recurring complaint that one liners, sign gags, and the like take the longest to write, even with a full team of really funny comedy writers. I agree with this. Most comedy is character based, characters are set up with traits, and we see them... Continue Reading →
Here's a logline that was submitted by /u/nasteeninja for consideration on my live screenwriting show (www.youtube.com/c/storycoaching, now every Saturday at 5 PM). I'll get to the script at a later date, probably on video. A sadistic doctor, hellbent on immortality, abducts a troubled nurse and forces her through a series of constructed nightmares designed to... Continue Reading →
When working with a client, I like to develop their sense of what is interesting about idea, what can be done with it. To do this, we go to the front page of /r/todayilearned, and I ask them which story jumps out to them. Today client picked this one: TIL the Morton salt company raised... Continue Reading →
I read for a living. I've noticed that most beginner scripts fall into one of 7 subgenres that make them a non-starter. Of these, the worst is what I call "the glorified short." These are scripts that have core ideas that would be better served by being written as a short film, a pilot, or... Continue Reading →
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HppB6XE4q3Y A series I'm working on. Just for fun. If you have a topic you'd like covered, please comment below!