All posts by Joe Screenwriter

About Joe Screenwriter

I've been working in Hollywood at a major film studio for over 10 years. I've read thousands of scripts, run a screenplay coverage company and worked for a successful producer. I'm not a screenwriter, but I know good scripts from bad and have built up a cornucopia of knowledge.
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    The 5 Commandments of Dialogue (Hint: Nothing To Do With Your Neighbor’s Wife)

    Show – don’t tell. We’ve heard it a thousand times, from every screenwriting professor to screenwriting hardback. But why do screenwriters STILL fail to follow that simple rule? We understand moving pictures are first and foremost pictures....

    • Posted April 16, 2015
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    If The Tone Of Your Script Is Wrong…It Could Get Trashed

    Movies are about getting people to feel, and the tone of your script gives them an indication of how they should feel.  Should they feel that it’s okay to laugh at a Nun getting killed? An exaggerated...

    • Posted September 5, 2013
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  • Can Any Screenwriting Software Really Make Your Script Better?

    Have you ever looked back at a screenplay of a classic film and truly marveled at the typesetting? Yes, you read that correctly…the typesetting. It is almost mindboggling that the complex components of a screenplay were performed...

    • Posted July 26, 2013
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    Movie Magic Screenwriter – You Must Know How to Make it Work For You

    So you wanna create movie magic? I guess that’s what we all set out to do in the beginning, but unfortunately only a minority ever make it to the big time. There’s no simple answer when it...

    • Posted May 23, 2013
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    How To Write Script Dialogue in 4 Easy Steps

    This is the second step in our 4-part tutorial on “How To Write A Screenplay“ 1. Listen.  The fastest path to writing great dialogue is to listen to how people talk.  Duh!  You don’t need to watch...

    • Posted April 10, 2013
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    5 Ways To Write A Script Scene Like You’re Trying Your Shoelaces

    This is the third step in our 6-part tutorial on “How To Write A Screenplay“ Writing a good scene is one of those processes that at first can seem impossible(tying your shoelaces when you are a kid)...

    • Posted April 10, 2013
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    Screenplay format – The Easiest Way To Get It Right

    This is the second step in our 4-part tutorial on “How To Write A Screenplay“ This is a fairly easy step, but one that if not done properly can get your script thrown in the trash ....

    • Posted April 10, 2013
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    How To Decide What To Write: Movie Ideas In Your Head

    This is the second step in our 4-part tutorial on “How To Write A Screenplay“ If you are like me, you have thousands of ideas in your head on what would make a great screenplay.  Okay, maybe...

    • Posted April 10, 2013
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    Are Screenwriting Agents A Necessary Evil?

    If there ever was a profession related to screenwriting it would be that of the agent. One reason the concept of the agent is so misunderstood is that most people rely mainly on peripheral insights to determine...

    • Posted April 9, 2013
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    Screenwriting Jobs – Are These Jobs Recession Proof?

    So, Screenwriting jobs are generally highly specific. For example, drama script writers generally only work on dramas and comedy writers work on comedies. When you are hired for a job in screenwriting you are generally not going...

    • Posted April 8, 2013
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