Should Screenwriters Stick With Movie Formula?

Movie Formula

While in high school, I taught myself how to write a screenplay. It looked more like Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with a few slugs thrown in on the page rather than an actual screenplay. Fortunately this was enough to garner acceptance into film school. When I finally had the chance to write a full feature length real-deal-legit screenplay, I had to knock the socks off of … [Read more...]

Do you have a story… Or just a movie premise?

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Do you have a story… Or just a movie premise? by Jurgen Wolff If you’re a screenwriter you’ll have a lot of people excitedly tell you that they have a great story for a screenplay. If you’re foolish enough to ask them what it is (or unable to get away from them before they force it on you), often you’ll find they have a movie premise, not a story. Unfortunately, even … [Read more...]

Screenwriting Agents Do Not Have Time To Read Your Script

Screenwriting Agents

Somewhere in the world someone has just finished the first draft of her first screenplay - ever. Full of enthusiasm, the unknown screenwriter breaks out a hammer and puts the final touches on the two brass brads that hold the 90-120 pages together. It is at this point when this writer asks himself the obvious question: "How do I get my movie script produced?" This is … [Read more...]

Screenwriting: 5 Tips For New Screenwriters

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Screenwriting is a tricky art. Long before I started producing my own movies, I worked for a development company. Part of my job was reading screenplays. At first, I thought reading screenplays was an AWESOME job. I have to admit. I felt pretty cool leaving the NYC office each night with three to five screenplays in my bag. On the subway, I would pull out a screenplay … [Read more...]

Screenwriting With Jim Makichuk

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As a screenwriter, your goal is to get your writing made into movies. So you write and write and write. And through perseverance you get an agent and eventually get your story sold and produced. With a little more luck and hard work, you make a living doing what you love. If you want to see your writing translated onto the big screen, you will love the following … [Read more...]