In this screenwriting article, we explore the 10 best screenplay contests according to Hollywood executives.
Whether or not you’re writing the next Hollywood blockbuster or backyard indie, putting words on a blank page is not easy. Great screenwriting takes years to master. The good news is, unlike other aspects of the industry, honing your screenwriting doesn’t require a big budget… And these free screenwriting tools can help you accelerate your […]
When you look at the most recent Academy Awards for gender inclusion, it is surprising that of the non-acting categories, only twenty percent of the nominees are women. A balanced view of equality is something audiences are supporting. People want to see a reflection of their world in the world you are creating. Your film must […]
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 […]
As a filmmaker, it can be challenging to raise funds to cover production. We’re all looking for ways to be more cost-effective. The first step filmmakers can take to keep their budget low is producing low budget screenplays. A few years ago, I branched off of film and began writing for theater. This experience taught […]
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.