Finding a Manager

Oct 15, 2016 by

The first concrete step in any screenwriter’s career these days tends to be signing with a manager. It used to be signing with an...

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Out of the Bottle

Nov 18, 2017 by

I see a lot of scripts these days where the writer initially depicts the main character as kind of a selfish jerk. This is on...

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Changing the Game

Aug 24, 2017 by

In any story, the problem gets worse in the middle for the main character. Or at least it gets more complicated, more difficult, more...

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Dude with a Problem

Jul 27, 2017 by

They’re trying to kill me! That’s what’s happening in the most misunderstood of the ten “genres” in Blake Snyder’s Save the...

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Character Introductions

May 18, 2017 by

One of the most frequent notes I give on scripts is one I’ve given so often that I’ve created a macro for it on my computer. All I...

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Institutionalized

Apr 17, 2017 by

When developing a screenplay (or series) idea, I’m always looking for what the main problem is. The one big problem that is really...

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Golden Fleece

Apr 11, 2017 by

A “team” goes down a long “road” in search of an important “prize.” These are the key elements of the movie genre that Blake...

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Rite of Passage

Mar 23, 2017 by

My favorite thing about Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat screenwriting books is his theory that successful movies tend to each fall within...

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The 8 Story Problems

Mar 4, 2017 by

There are only so many types of situations a human being can be in, that are big and relatable enough to base a movie on. As I see...

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Series = Ensemble

Feb 26, 2017 by

When coming up with an idea for a television series, and writing a pilot script, writers often make the mistake of approaching it...

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The 20 Script Must-Haves

Jan 28, 2017 by

The things that make screenwriting hard to succeed at are not mysterious. They’re just not easy to achieve. Successful scripts...

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Degree of Difficulty

Jan 20, 2017 by

I often say that a good story idea focuses on one big problem that it takes the whole story to solve. What that means is that the...

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What are the stakes?

Jan 12, 2017 by

It’s a constant question producers, agents and executives will ask: What are the stakes? And it’s maybe the most common...

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