Unless you are an experimental filmmaker, you are going to need a screenplay to make your film. Your script is arguably the biggest key to the success of your first feature film. Why Is Your Screenplay So Important? If you're like most writer-directors, you are full of ideas. I have met hundreds … [Read more...] about How To Write A Crappy First Draft
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 … [Read more...] about Aspiring screenwriter: Go Hollywood or go indie?
OK, I'm fibbing, it was actually Tennessee Williams' advice to playwrights, but it applies just as much to screenwriters: “What shouldn’t you do if you’re a playwright? Don’t bore the audience! I mean, even if you have to resort to totally arbitrary killing onstage, or pointless gunfire, at least … [Read more...] about Tennessee Williams’ advice to screenwriters
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?
I just saw Kim Cattrall mentioned in the news and it took me back to a long time ago when I did a rewrite of one of her early movies, "Mannequin." It was my first script doctoring job and I was in a hotel in Philadelphia, every night faxing the new pages to the studio in LA. where the head of the … [Read more...] about Screenwriting: Why Kim Cattrall got mad at me