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…

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…