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…

What Are The Main Components Of Disaster Films?


Disaster films generally fall into the action genre, so make sure there are sufficient visually exciting set pieces for the audience to enjoy. But don’t forget to build up your characters. They need an arc while all the disaster is uprooting their lives. The super structure of disaster films involves three main phases: The REALIZATION of…

10 Things To Consider Before Joining A Writers Group


Writing is often a solitary activity, so any human interaction regarding your story should be encouraged. Writers groups may be a way to gain new perspectives, clarification and opinions of your work. Selecting the right writers group for you can really help elevate your writing. However, be selective in which one you join. There are a few…

Why It’s A Good Idea For Screenwriters To Write Books


Selling a screenplay to the studio system is getting more difficult. Budgets are shrinking and studios are making fewer films. The temperamental independent world is slowly sputtering back to life. Only to collapse again. What’s a writer to do? It’s a well known fact that studios have a preference for pre-existing works in another medium…

Story Clinic


Later this year I’ll be launching my story clinic service called Script Firm. Until I get myself organised, I’m taking a few story questions from my readers. Hopefully, I’ll be able to answer them.

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…

10 Super Scary Steps To Writing A Horror Screenplay


A  horror movie has certain rules. If you break too many the audience will be disappointed according to Henrik Holmberg. Here is a template that any horror screenwriter can use. 1) THE HOOK Start with a bang. Step right into a suspense scene. “Scream” opens with a terrifying sequence with Drew Barrymore on the phone…