Visualize Your Scene Description To Hook Your Screenplay Reader


The scene descriptions in your screenwriting have a tricky, sometimes tumultuous, relationship with script readers. How so, you ask? Some script readers scan through screenplay scene description to speed up their reading process. I’ve spoken to studio level readers who read scene titles and dialogue. This approach tells them the story and gives them an…

Smart Dumb Comedy – It’s A Thing!


What the heck is this sub-genre of comedy films that are cropping up on our screens? Well, filmmakers aren’t being rude. They just want audiences to know that screenwriters toiled over their keyboards to write “dumb” gags. They are purposefully farcical and deserve more respect than dumb comedies which are poorly developed and badly written….

Are Story & Plot The Same Thing?


No sir. For starters one begins with an ‘s’ and the other with a ‘p’. Story has five letters and plot has four. Enough frivolities. Your screenplay is a delicate, finely-tuned literary instrument. Screenwriters must be well aware of these two terms to ensure the integrity of their screenwriting. Although both terms are inextricably linked,…

5 Crowdfunding Film Tips for Screenwriters


The traditional goal for a screenwriter was to get your screenplay optioned or sold. Then it was updated to becoming a produced screenwriter. Even more recently, the mantra is that screenwriters should produce their own films. That’s it, folks. We are now bona fide film producers. We must learn how to fund a film. Raising funds…

How Can Screenwriters Get Their Films Financed (and Profitable?)


The film making and film distribution world has changed dramatically. Gone are the days when screenwriters could easily sell their screenplays to Hollywood producers for a million bucks. The modern sobering reality is that screenwriters must now play some role in getting their movies produced. They need to become bona fide movie producers. After you’ve dazzled…

9 Reasons Bad Movies Get Produced


Let’s get one thing clear. Nobody sets out to make a bad movie. Not knowingly at least. Here are some things that could go wrong in the filmmaking process: 1) VANITY PROJECT The filmmaker wanted to showcase their talents; or lack thereof. They have a crew, resources, investment, locations etc. but nothing that is story…

What Are The Qualities Of Superheroes In Movies?


Superheroes are the subject of many of the highest grossing films on a global scale. They resonate so powerfully with movie audiences because they may be considered a metaphor for god. Screenwriters can powerfully exploit this. They linger in the background of human consciousness and only unfurl their wrath in extreme circumstances. Regardless of their actions, they…

Are You The Kind Of Screenplay Reader Screenwriters Love (or Hate)?


There are script notes and there are script notes in the screenwriting world. The same goes for the people that write them. Few appreciate the difficulty of deep story analysis. Screenplays contain elements of mythology, sociology and anthropology. They help define what makes us human. What kind of script reader are you? When a story is…

Choosing Your Next Screenplay


Scriptwriters should always be working on multiple screenwriting ideas. Hopefully not all at once. You’d be amazed at how you can come  up with story ideas for one screenplay while working on another. This is the beauty of being a screenwriter. Having many projects in development. At some point we need to decide which screenplay…

When Is It Time To Pass On A Screenplay?


A PASS grade on a screenplay is not like a pass grade in school. Screenwriters want a RECOMMEND. Or at least a CONSIDER. 1) YOU CAN’T FIGURE OUT THE TYPE OF STORY IT IS Oftentimes these appear as a series of loosely connected scenes or ideas without a clear through line. The genre, tone, premise…