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 example, but if your tone isn't clear you risk sending the wrong message. If you don't present your tone clearly, you will get into all sorts of trouble. Script readers may … [Read more...] about If The Tone Of Your Script Is Wrong…It Could Get Trashed
I love a good hell raiser and I'll attempt to highlight a few here. By doing so I'll likely be contradicting a ton of rules that I've thrown at you before. Not to try to be an asshole, but the only absolute in screenwriting is that there are no absolutes. You need to learn the rules so you can forget the rules. That's why, ultimately, I'm not a hater of film schools. … [Read more...] about A Screenwriting Badass: Shane Black, Director of Iron Man 3
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 to work on any other type of script. This is because script writers are hired for specific projects. While there are film schools and courses that … [Read more...] about Screenwriting Jobs – Are These Jobs Recession Proof?
Entering a script contest is not only a hoot, it's also a great way of getting your screenplays noticed. I'll bet there's not one screenwriter out there who doesn't appreciate just how hard it is to get your scripts even read, let alone adopted. It all seems so damned unfair. You can spend weeks of hard work and soul searching to bring one screenplay to completion, but after … [Read more...] about How To Get Your Script Talked About At Every Hollywood Party
Are there any universal truths in the world of screenwriting? There are some definitive truths and then there are some myths. Among all the truths out there, the notion you need to copyright screenplay material to protect yourself is 100% LEGITIMATE. Let's be very, very clear here: if you do not copyright your screenplay, you don't own it. It is a public domain work. Now, … [Read more...] about If You Don’t Copyright You Screenplay, It Could Cost You Millions