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…

5 Secrets Every Aspiring Screenwriter Must Know (That No-one Will Tell You Except Us)


As part of my efforts to help screenwriters break into this ever-changing industry, I’ve recruited the help of Lee Jessup, Screenwriter Career Coach Extraordinaire to share her thoughts. Unlike other industries which have experienced various levels of disruption, the screenwriting world has experienced a radical change. The film and TV industries have always been classed…

Raise The Stakes For The Characters In Your Film Script


What is the secret to writing a successful movie script? Is it the concept, the visuals or the characters. For me, it’s the characters because they will elevate everything else. How do you write engaging characters? Try escalating the stakes for your main character. Put them in jeopardy. Create more obstacles. More setbacks. A stake means…

Writing Irresistible Characters Your Audience Want To Watch Again & Again


Every screenwriter has been through the grueling process of building characters. We’ve completed questionnaires of character traits, asked questions, yet they still seem a bit wooden and one-note in our screenplay. How can you add depth to your movie characters so they pop? Physical traits such as height, gender and weight are good places to…

Explore Your Screenwriting Voice


Many screenwriters are often asked about their writing voice when trying to break in or look for their next gig. Every film and TV producer is looking for the next best thing. They are looking for something unique with a strong writing voice. What exactly does this mean?

Is There Too Much Story In Your Screenplay?


Screenwriting plots, acts, scenes, subplots… Where does it all end for screenwriters? Let’s break it down. A screenplay consists of one main story with a distinct setup, middle and resolution. How do you know if there is too much or too little plot in your movie script? Keep your screenplay lean and clean SCREENPLAY PAGE COUNT…

Creating Buzz For Your Screenplay


The script writing world is a peculiar beast. Every screenwriter wants to sell their screenplay, get optioned, get a writing assignment and get produced. Unfortunately, many screenwriters don’t focus on their screenwriting career as much as they should. They mistakenly believe that their screenplay should speak for itself. You need to be your own publicist. Create…

Why Do Flawed Characters Self Sabotage?


It is a screenwriter’s duty to explore the characters in their screenplays in depth. Especially if they’re flawed, because they make more interesting characters with potentially stronger character arcs. Character flaws are limitations or imperfections that prevent characters from achieving their story goals. A character becoming aware of their flaws forms the basis of their…