How Much Research Should You Do For Your Screenplay?


Listen up fellow screenwriters.  We’ve all been told to do background research  before writing your screenplay. How much should you actually do? Why Do Research At All? Quite simply, it adds authenticity to your screenwriting. It let’s your audience know they’re in  good hands and your story is factually correct. That said, your research should…

Why Is Fear So Important In Your Screenplays?


FEAR is a significant motivator of human behavior. It dictates what we do and what we don’t do. Therefore it’s important for screenwriters to understand how fear works in human development and subsequently write richer characters in your stories. Fears make our characters human. It exposes vulnerabilities and informs character backstory. Fears are either physical…

14 Things To Consider Before Naming Your Characters


Screenwriting is serious business. Screenwriters don’t leave anything to chance, especially the names of each character. Naming each character in your screenplay requires thought. Apart from not making multiple character names phonetically similar (unless they’re Sherry and Cherry the identical twins), take some time to consider your characters’ individual backstories, personalities and dramatic functions. Your…

What Is A TV Series Bible?


A TV series bible is the prospectus writers use to sell a TV show to a producer or a broadcast or streaming network. It’s a marketing document aimed to give the buyer an overall feel of your TV series. What it looks like and what it’s about, who are the main characters and how it…

Do You Think Like An Award Winning Screenwriter?


Let’s face it. Screenwriting is a hustle. Sure, writing skill is essential, but it can only take you so far. Being an aspiring writer trying to break in requires patience, tenacity and grit. These are essential components of a winning mindset. Even professional WGA screenwriters hustle for their next jobs. There’s more to attaining professional screenwriter…

What Makes An Engaging Screenplay?


This is one of the most common questions screenwriters ponder after “How do I sell my screenplay?” The screenwriting bar has been raised many times over the years, so a strong grasp on the writing craft is vital. Your ability to create solid characters with defined goals and formidable obstacles, write scintillating dialogue, and have…

How Many Categories Of Film Comedy Are There?


More than most screenwriters think. Here are some more movie types to get your comedic screenplays completed. 1) HIGH BROW These are comedies aimed at culturally and financially elite audiences. As such, they often deal with lifestyles of the rich and wealthy covering themes such as marrying into wealth, bulking up estates, avoiding taxes and…

Not All Comedy Films Are Equal


Comedy is one of the hardest screenplay genres for screenwriters to master. This is because comedy movies are so broad, so personal and so nuanced.  The writing style ranges from jokes so subliminal they barely register with the audience, to laugh out loud slapstick humor. Writing comedy movie and TV scripts is serious business, so…

How to Ace Your TV Spec Script


The requirements for TV writers to secure their next writing gig are generally either an original TV pilot or a spec script of an existing TV show. These are cyclical, so it’s advisable to have one of each type in your arsenal. Be strategic with which TV show you choose to write. Don’t go for…

How To Seduce A Script Reader On The First Page Of Your Screenplay


Script readers are overworked. They read at least 2-5 screenplays per day in search of their next big hit. Statistically, around half the screenplays they read are poor or worse. Despite their wanting to enjoy all the film scripts they request, they are disappointed the majority of the time. Another 30-45% are average. Not good…

How Film Producers & Audiences Emotionally Connect With Your Screenplay


Screenwriting is such a personal pursuit for screenwriters. Opening our hearts and minds and exposing our innermost thoughts to the scrutiny of audiences. Apart from a structurally sound story, what makes on screenplay resonate with one film producer or script reader more than another? All movie producers have the same inbuilt emotions and should track…

3 Things Screenwriters Must Consider When Writing Films For Global Audiences


The movie business is a speculative business. Screenwriters know this all too well. Given that anywhere from 50-78% of U.S. studio films rely on their  international box office receipts to recoup their costs, our screenplays need to reflect the cinema-going tastes of worldwide audiences. How is this done?