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...]

Jason Faller Makes Movies

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I am always impressed by filmmakers who wake up, take action and get their movies made outside of Hollywood, without asking permission. Jason Faller is one such filmmaker. With his company Arrowstorm Entertainment, he produces, markets and sells his own movies. Jason Faller stopped by Filmmaking Stuff to share some tips on how to become a successful, entrepreneurial … [Read more...]

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...]

How to apply “show, don’t tell” in screenplays

I have a fairly large collection of “pitching sessions from hell” stories, but there was one that stands out because I blew it—afterward. This was early in my career, and actually the pitching session itself went great. The executive loved the idea and commissioned a script for a TV movie. I wrote the treatment, which included quite a few vivid character … [Read more...]

How To Use Foreshadowing In Your Screenplay

A screenwriter sent me an email saying she understands the need for foreshadowing but wasn't sure how to do it. Of course the specific content depends on the story but here are some general ways you can adapt: 1. A visual clue. A very obvious one is letting us glimpse a gun in a drawer when your protagonist is looking for a pair of scissors. We know that gun will be used at … [Read more...]