What The Heck Is A Producer Only Deal?


There’s a new producer deal in town that’s making screenwriters’ pens tingle with screenwriting excitement. It’s called a producer only deal. The main types of deals film & TV producers win in the current studio system are: BLIND DEAL – When a film or TV producer is so popular and bankable, they have access to…

Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghost Writers!


Not all screenwriters are credited with writing a feature screenplay or TV teleplay. Why does this travesty exist? The main reason is that the screenwriters have contributed too little to a screenplay (less than two-thirds) to warrant a screen credit. Enter the GHOST WRITER. What do they actually do? They write in the shadows and…

What Should Screenwriters Expect From A Literary Agent Or Manager?


Many screenwriters have (or should have) heard the adage that since agents and managers collect 10-20% commission on a screenplay sale, they should only be doing an equivalent amount of work in advancing your screenwriting career. Is this a reasonable expectation? Perhaps. Never sit back after securing the services of an agent and manager and…

Writing Abusive Characters


The characters in your screenplay are often portrayed as either good or bad. Sometimes they start out bad and eventually become good. Or vice versa. Film and TV character who abuse others are a special class. Every action, every word is a premeditated step to subdue and control another person. Nasty stuff. However, they do…

What Defines A Strong Film Character?


I’ve written several articles on how to construct  balanced, fleshed-out characters in your screenplay. You pose a series of questions relating to their physical, emotional, spiritual and socio-economic status. What are their wants and needs? What are their superficial and emotional goals in the story? How do they interact with the other characters? These questions…

What Causes Writers’ Block (And How To Treat It)?


Screenwriting psychologists who specialize in treating creative disorders unique to screenwriters have come up various theories on the causes of WBD – commonly referred to as Writers’ Block Disorder. For afflicted screenwriters it is a debilitating condition displaying the following common symptoms: staring at a blank screen for prolonged periods of time, FTW (Failure To…

6 Ways Your Characters Create Negative Impressions


Writing a successful screenplay comes down to the characters. Not only the motivations that drive their actions,  but also the impression they leave both on other characters and the audience alike. Every screenwriter is aware of a positive or negative impression a character leaves behind. Positive impressions are relatively easy to create. Such characters basically…

Writing The Second Episode Of Your Original TV Series. No pressure.


TV pilots have a special place in the world of TV writing. They serve a very specific purpose. I’ve previously written about how to write a TV pilot that producers want to make. They must introduce the world of the TV series, the main characters, their dilemmas, the format, and some clue of the arc…

8 Tips To Make Your Thriller Screenplays More Thrilling


Thriller movies are a staple of our cinema screens. Let’s explore the most significant ways to write a screenplay in this exciting and popular genre. 1) CAPTIVATION Most thriller movie scripts begin with a mystery that unravels throughout the course of the story. It could be a crime, a clue, an enigma a secret or…

7 Types Of Pivot Movie Characters


Few main characters can sustain an audience for the full length of a screenplay. Okay, Tom Hanks in Castaway is an exception. Generally speaking, the main characters in your film need other characters around them to help them achieve (or not achieve) their goal. Bring the PIVOT CHARACTERS to the mix. They are often referred…