Justify: When you get a logic note, ask it in the screenplay and explain it away.

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 →

Finding an angle on material

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 →

Improv for screenwriters – Yes And

Improv for screenwriters – Yes-And The basic rule of improv is “yes and.” If someone offers information, you say “Yes...” and then add some information. For instance: A: “Did you hear about the logger?” B: “Yes and it's crazy that he went mad and killed those 16 people in that diner.” A: “Yes, and I... Continue Reading →

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