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thoughts on screenwriting from writer-producer erik bork

I’m a screenwriter best known for my work on the HBO miniseries BAND OF BROTHERS and FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, for which I wrote multiple episodes, and won two Emmy and two Golden Globe Awards as part of the producing team. I’ve also sold series pitches (and written pilots) at NBC and FOX, worked on the writing staff for two primetime dramas, and written feature screenplays on assignment for companies like Universal, HBO, TNT, and Playtone. I teach screenwriting for UCLA Extension, National University and The Writers Store, and offer one-on-one consulting to writers.  Click here to email me.

Paying tribute to Blake Snyder

I never met the man in person, but ever since a producer turned me on to SAVE THE CAT a couple years ago, it has been my most-quoted resource to other screenwriters, especially at the all-important stage of deciding basic concept and type of story. I think his fun new...

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Having faith

I've been working on my primary current project, now, for nine months. That might not seem like such a long time, until you consider that that "project," in its current written form, is a four-page document. It's not a script.  It's not even an outline for a script....

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"Talent" is overrated

Because screenwriting is such a competitive field, and a "tournament profession," where there are a very limited number of  paid jobs compared to the vast numbers of people who want to be doing it for a living -- and a system designed to keep most of them "out" until...

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Why I pursued a writing career

I realize now, after about ten years making my living as a Los Angeles-based screenwriter, that there is really only one kind of movie (or story of any kind) that I really love -- that inspired me to want to create more of. It's the kind where a character (or...

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