Aspiring screenwriter: Go Hollywood or go indie?

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Aspiring screenwriter: Go Hollywood or go indie? By, Screenwriter Jurgen Wolff Because I’ve written a few books about screenwriting I sometimes get questions from people just starting out on their careers. One query that has started coming up more often recently is whether it’s better to chase the Hollywood dream or get involved with indie films, including ones made for the … [Read more...]

Writing and making a short film?

Writing and making a short film? Less is more (unless it’s too much less) By Screenwriter Jurgen Wolff I’ve seen a lot of short films over the years. Frequently I’ve been impressed by the visuals, the level of the acting, sometimes the innovative use of a mix of media. Can you guess what most often is the weakest link? It’s the script. Or sometimes the lack of one. In … [Read more...]

Seven Ways Screenwriters Can be More Productive

Seven Ways Screenwriters Can be More Productive Do you want to write your screenplay faster but without giving up quality? Here are the top tips based both on my own experience in writing more than 100 episodes of TV as well as TV movies, a feature film, and script doctoring, as well as the experience of top writers I’ve interviewed: You don’t have to write the script in … [Read more...]

Write Screenplays From The Heart

I see that there’s a one day workshop being offered with the pitch, “Who better to teach you to understand characters than EXPERT BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS?” It’s not my intention to diss the people offering the workshop (which I also why I’m not going to name them)—they are both screenwriters as well as Expert Behavior Analysts and sound like a couple of smart guys with credible … [Read more...]

Your Screenplay Opening

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Some screenwriters think that just about every screenplay should open with a bang of some kind: perhaps a literal explosion, or a murder, or a chase. Those may well be good choices for certain stories, but my take on this is that what an opening actually needs to do is to prompt two questions and one feeling in your audience. The questions are simple: 1. Who are these … [Read more...]