Do You Have The Personality To Be A Screenwriter?


Do screenwriters have a personality? Are there Type A or Type B writers? Screenwriting career coach, Lee Jessup thinks so. That’s how I came to think about the common traits of successful screenwriters. After all, in today’s industry where the feature film spec market is challenged and the television space is ultra competitive, there is…

6 Reasons For A Live Script Table Read


You’ve written a draft of your screenplay. It’s time for some constructive feedback. The simplest route is to show it to a few other screenwriters and get verbal or written comments. Table reads are another effective way to evaluate the strength of your screenwriting from actors and an audience.

Diversity In Screenwriting


It is no secret that the majority of film and television screens are still filled with white actors and most screenplays are still penned by white, middle-class males. Is this dominant mono-culture as large an issue as claimed by various diversity pundits? Workplace diversity is broadly defined in terms of gender, race, cultural background, sexual orientation,…

5 Easy & Achievable Steps To Champion Your Screenwriting Career


As part of our continuing series on screenwriting advice from Career Coach Lee Jessup, here are some easy steps that you can start taking today to charge of your career. Many decisions are out of our control, but screenwriters have more power to engineer their relationships than we think. So here goes. I turn the keyboard over to…

9 Types Of Thriller Movies To Put Your Audience On The Edge Of Their Seats


Thriller movies are a box office draw cards which are consistency enjoyed by film audiences around the world. Thrillers are defined by the intense emotion they evoke in their audiences. They are, by definition, thrilling. They are often described by terms such as “edge of your sear”, “white knuckle” and “cliffhanger.”

ICE – My Animated Short Film – UPDATE


Thanks so much to everyone who’s contributed to my campaign so far. Here’s a prototype sketch of LADY ICE. Ain’t she a doll? Wait till you see her dance. I’ve reached my first financial milestone. I’m well on the way to reaching my goal to make things happen. If you haven’t had time to chip…

8 Types Of Scripts Every Self Respecting Screenwriter Need To Know


Screenwriters are told to have two key types of screenplays in their arsenal. Spec scripts and original screenplays. Hands up if you know the difference between the two. For those of you who didn’t raise their hands, here are the answers: 1) ORIGINAL SCRIPT I’m sure you can guess what this means. Any screenplay that…

ICE – My Animated Short Film


It’s happening. It’s finally happening. I’m in pre-preproduction for my animated short film called ICE and I couldn’t be more excited. ICE is a cute love story between two ice cubes and their struggle to stay together when the power goes out in their freezer home. I’m calling on all my blog readers each to…

12 Types Of Horror Films To Make You Sleep With The Lights On


It’s Halloween time; that spooky month. A time when screenwriters make audiences jump in fear or cover their eyes. Horror movies are a mainstay of our screens that never seem to fall out of favor. Here are some of the main types of horror movies: 1) Monster These include Godzilla, Cujo, Frankenstein and Black Sheep….

Writing A Monster That Will Make Your Horror Movie Totally Scary


What makes a good creature feature? Creature features are a common hallmark of horror films. Given the amount of such movies, you need to make yours stand out from the pack. A quick way to enhance your horror screenwriting is the think about what scares you? Is it blood, spiders, goo, sharp teeth? Your monster…

Wanna Write A Found Footage Film That Works?


I’ve written previously that low-budget filmmaking is an ideal entry point for screenwriters to break into the film industry. Found footage films have catapulted many newbie filmmakers into megastardom due to their ultra-low budgets and stellar profits. The Blair Witch Project has made over $140 million in theaters off a reported budget of $60k. That’s…