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 →

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 →

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