Finding the right genre

Jun 10, 2013 by

Blake Snyder’s ten “genres” and fifty “subgenres” in his Save the Cat books are my single favorite tool...

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The Two Types of TV Stories

Mar 26, 2013 by

Script Magazine has published my new article delineating the two types of stories on television — “procedural” and...

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Loglines don’t tease

Feb 26, 2013 by

Loglines describe a movie (or series) idea in a quick sentence or two that provide enough of an idea of what it’s about to...

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Spec Scout

Feb 14, 2013 by

A very cool new website called “Spec Scout” tracks the status of currently unproduced screenplays in the Hollywood...

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Script Consultants: A Waste?

Feb 12, 2013 by

A few years ago, screenwriter Craig Mazin wrote a blog post voicing his skepticism about “script consultants” —...

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ARGO and creative license

Nov 23, 2012 by

Script Magazine online published my article about ARGO’s use of creative license today.  Here’s how it begins: Having...

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THE BOOK OF MORMON musical ...

Nov 22, 2012 by

I recently got to see the L.A. production of THE BOOK OF MORMON musical.  I felt I basically knew the story from listening to the...

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The Campaign

Nov 10, 2012 by

On a plane ride a few days ago, I settled in to watch two of the funniest human beings on the planet (Will Farrell and Zach...

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Inciting Incident types

Nov 3, 2012 by

  Lately I’ve been brainstorming what to write for my next feature script.  And I’ve been looking for questions to...

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Literary Fiction/Screenwriting

Oct 25, 2012 by

Ben Fountain’s new novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk was recently named a (top five) finalist for the National Book...

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The first 10 pages of a script

Aug 31, 2012 by

Yes, it’s true that a writer might only get the opening pages of their script read — and that it will likely be put down right...

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Great Stories/Great Games

Jun 7, 2012 by

I’m a Los Angeles Lakers fan. As I’ve followed the team over the past few years, I’ve noticed certain elements need to be present, in...

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