How to lose a reader in the first three pages.

A few days ago, /u/eddieswiss [+4] posted his script on reddit asking for opinions. I asked If I could post my notes and he graciously agreed. Eddieswiss is a promising writer and a nice person. He has the rare ability to take criticism, which is surprisingly rare. People who can take criticism develop faster than people who can’t.Continue reading “How to lose a reader in the first three pages.”

How to lose a reader on the first line of a script.

DISCLAIMER: I take script confidentiality incredibly seriously. I will never talk about the specifics of someone else’s script to anyone else because I’m being asked for discretion as much as my opinion. The one exception is if someone posts a screenplay in a public forum like Reddit to solicit free opinions. In that case, I’mContinue reading “How to lose a reader on the first line of a script.”

A clarification on the relationship between executives and the box office.

My last headline was “When Executives Want to see how good a movie was, they check boxofficemojo.” This got me some interesting feedback, both in terms of factual information and angry response. Redditor david-saint-hubbins said.  It’s not about checking to see “how good a movie was,” it’s checking to see “if a movie was commerciallyContinue reading “A clarification on the relationship between executives and the box office.”

When executives want to see how good a movie was, they check boxofficemojo.

* Note – this is both an oversimplification and a joke.  Still, I’ll probably rewrite this to be more focused on the x meets y pitch. Most writers know how to write an  X meets Y pitch (it’s AVATAR by way of FROM DUST TILL DAWN!), but they rarely do it right.  Someone pitched meContinue reading “When executives want to see how good a movie was, they check boxofficemojo.”

Reader question: Why is all your advice so commercially oriented?

A while back, I wrote a blog on character arcs (precis: arcs = change = good). My friend Nate asks: What’s your thoughts on movies like KIDS and Young Adult, where the protag doesn’t change or have an arc. Both movies I felt were very good. The arc I feel is the audience, where a freshContinue reading “Reader question: Why is all your advice so commercially oriented?”