No matter where you are in your filmmaking career, you know that hard work usually pays off. And while there are thousands of responsible people working in the movie industry, there are also just as many irresponsible and lazy people in Hollywood. I’ve encountered people who have complained to me … [Read more...] about Warning: Lazy People In Hollywood Can Hurt Your Career
Guinevere Turner is a writer, director and actor who has been working in film and TV since her 1994 debut film Go Fish. She went on to act in several films, including The Watermelon Woman, Chasing Amy, and Treasure Island. Eventually she teamed up with Mary Harron to write American Psycho and then … [Read more...] about Screenwriting Advice: Write The WORST Scene Ever!
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 … [Read more...] about How To Use Foreshadowing In Your Screenplay
If you're just starting out as a filmmaker, deciding if you should attend a traditional film school is something you need to decide. And it's a costly decision - some of my friends here in Los Angeles are over fifty-thousand dollars in debt. While most of my friends value having a college … [Read more...] about Should You Go To Film School?
Shy and awkward is how screenwriter Seth Lochead describes himself. When he was starting out he felt he had to choose between building his career by socializing or by writing a great script. He decided to try to do the latter. The result is "Hanna," co-written by David Farr, starring Kate … [Read more...] about Screenwriting Tips – Hope for shy screenwriters