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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The Key to Industry Access

Jun 7, 2012 by

When I work with writers giving feedback and guidance on their material and career paths, I often end up giving advice about how to...

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BRIDESMAIDS: The Beat Sheet

Feb 26, 2012 by

I created a “beat sheet” for Bridesmaids for the folks at Save the Cat — it’s now up on their website.

Which of Blake Snyder’s genres and subgenres do you think this hugely successful comedy fits? Take a look to find out…

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SAVE THE CAT genres for recent...

Sep 9, 2011 by

I just saw trailers for five new movies which all fit clear “Save the Cat” subgenres – my favorite tool for...

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Don’t withhold; reveal, ...

Aug 2, 2011 by

A writer I work with as a script consultant recently shared a phrase with me that came from her friend Craig Hammill (thanks,...

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What makes a good series idea

Apr 11, 2011 by

In my work pitching series ideas and writing pilots (and on good days, selling them to networks such as NBC and Fox), I’ve learned a few things about what they’re looking for, and what makes an idea sellable – as well as what a successful pilot script tends to include…

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Writing from a subjective POV

Jan 21, 2011 by

The single most devastating note I could ever hear on one of my scripts (if readers were brutally honest enough to say it), would be,...

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