Location Matters in Screenwriting

It might seem like a good idea to write a screenplay's story using a non-specific location. This would allow the production to be filmed anywhere. However, using a known location has far more benefits. Let's explore why location matters in screenwriting. Using a known location creates a strong visual and a sense of the familiar... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Screenwriter Tips for 2021

Are you a screenwriter who feels like you've been chewed up and spit out by the big Hollywood shark? If so, let me help you change the status quo in 2021. It can be frustrating to spend weeks, months and even years writing a screenplay or TV pilot, only to be ignored by producers and... Continue Reading →

Format 101: Continuous versus Transitions

Primary slug indicators are pretty straightforward. We're either inside written as INT., or outside written as EXT., at a specific location like JOHN'S HOUSE and it's either DAY OR NIGHT. For example: EXT. JOHN'S HOUSE - DAY The writer might show John shoveling snow in the driveway, then he goes back inside. Assuming the story... Continue Reading →

The Best Screenplay Length Per Genre

A screenplay's page length is important. Get it wrong and the writer risks not being taken seriously in Hollywood. By getting it right, the writer shows an understanding of screenwriting and the market. The general rule for screenplay length is anything over 120-pages is too long and under 90-pages is too short, regardless of genre.... Continue Reading →

How to Write a Holiday Script

What is a holiday script? There are many holidays in a calendar year, like Easter, Fourth of July, Yom Kippur, Memorial Day, etc. However, if a producer indicates he's seeking a holiday script, he's referring to the period that falls from Thanksgiving to New Years. This includes Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Screenplay Format Mistakes

There are plenty of screenplay format mistakes, but there are 5 common mistakes made by aspiring writers. Studying the craft of screenwriting goes beyond understanding plot & execution, characters, dialogue and scenes. Becoming a Professional Screenwriter involves mastering format by learning to use it as part of the story to create pacing, suspense, enhance visuals... Continue Reading →

Script Titles That Sell

First, it's advisable to start a feature film script with a working title that the writer can change later. It's easy for story analysts to spot an amateur solely by the script's title. How? Two things come to mind; 1) the title is long and sounds like a novel 2) the title is a cool... Continue Reading →

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