“Premise pilot”

Apr 7, 2014 by

“Premise pilots,” in my experience, are not seen as a good thing. But the definition of a “premise pilot”...

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Sellable Screenplay Concepts

Mar 1, 2014 by

My March 12 webinar on “Creating a Sellable Screenplay Concept” is now available from The Writers Store. In it, I...

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Award Season Genres

Feb 6, 2014 by

SCRIPT MAGAZINE has published my online article where I break down the SAVE THE CAT “genres”, as I see them, of most of...

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Serialized Storytelling

Jan 4, 2014 by

Over the holidays, I finally checked out HBO’s THE WIRE, a decade after its five-year run began.  I found myself binge-watching...

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People We Care About

Sep 17, 2013 by

This Sunday Downton Abbey goes up against Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Mad Men and House of Cards to try to win its first...

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All-time best written series

Jun 28, 2013 by

I couldn’t resist creating a chart that breaks down the recent WGA member-voted “Best written series of all time”...

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Specs that sold in 2012

Jun 15, 2013 by

SCRIPT Magazine has published my article analyzing the common elements of screenplays that sold in 2012.  One of the key things that...

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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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