To avoid having any one element of foreshadowing be too obvious, often the writer will throw in some red herrings–some things that could be foreshadowing but in fact don’t pay off or pay off in a different way than we expect. The person who has the gun in the drawer may become an immediate suspect in our minds, but later maybe we see him use it to light his cigarette and we realize it’s not a real gun (of course he may have a real one somewhere else….). That kind of misdirection keeps the audience guessing.
I’ve been privileged enough not only to work as a screenwriter for the last 20 years, but to talk to many other screenwriters about what they do and how they do it. So I am going to steal some screenwriting advice from them. One of my favorites is from writer Mike Werb. He says when […]
If you want to get your script noticed in Hollywood—and your talents compensated for—then you cannot be just a ‘good’ screenwriter, you’ve gotta be great!
Agents, managers and producers make their living by finding good material, so it is in your best interest to have some good material. In this article on screenwriting, Jason Brubaker shares his experience reading material for a producer in New York – And how to avoid common pitfalls.
When I read screenplays for a producer, many of the screenplays I read were unprofessional. In this article, I list 5 tips for avoiding the trash can.
Screenwriting is starts by writing a crappy first draft. And the real writing begins in the rewrite. This is because nobody writes a perfect first draft. This is good news if you’re willing to do the necessary work to rework your story. Unfortunately most new screenwriters send out material before is is ready. And doing […]