Archive | June, 2009

Plotting From Character

I’ve asked my friend Sharon to write a short article about plotting, because she plots from character as opposed to story. I wanted to provide you with an alternative means of breaking story and beginning the outline. Ultimately, every writer must find the process that best taps their natural gifts. Here’s what Sharon says: I […]

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“You Suck,” and Other Things You’d Love To Scream at Someone Giving You Notes on Your Script

I’m writing again about giving and receiving notes because it’s important. In this last week, I’ve had two hard notes sessions (giving notes). Okay, we’re adults. We can admit it. Getting notes is hard. It’s usually shocking. We pour our heart and soul into something, we hear the notes, feel that the person “doesn’t get […]

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What, Technically, is a “Beat” in a Screenplay?

A writer friend of mine emailed asking me to better describe what is a screenwriting “beat.” Here’s the skinny. This is actually a point of confusion for many people, and I recall it was very confusing to me when I started at film school because there are actually three kinds of beats, but people just […]

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The 2009 List of CineStory Screenwriting Awards Semifinalists

The 2009 List of CineStory Screenwriting Awards Semifinalists ARMY ANTS, Andy Cannistra, Sleepy Hollow, NY BEADED ROAD, Wenonah Wilms, Minneapolis, MN BLACK GARDEN, THE, Joe Bright, Studio City, CA FROZEN FIRE, Paul Pawlowski, Redondo Beach, CA GIRLS ON THE RUN, Lukas Hassel, New York, NY IN THE COMPANY OF THE UPRIGHT, Cyndi McLean, Alberta, Canada […]

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Screenplay Competition Reading: It’s All Subjective

Here is the good, bad, and ugly of screenplay competitions: art is subjective. For everything everyone tells you, in the end it all boils down to taste. That’s why you just have to write your passion. One reader (producer, manager, agent) might not have any interest in your story. But another will. We write for […]

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Do Not Write What’s Not on Screen

Okay, we all know, “Show, don’t tell!” I will never forget my sophomore English teacher hitting that point home with a sledgehammer every class. As a screenwriter, I hear, “Exposition is bad.” Now I have a better understanding of what this really means. With screenwriting, it’s fairly simple, actually, but hard to do well and […]

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CineStory Summer Camp at Idyllwild

Here is info for the CineStory screenwriting camp up at Idyllwild, just an hour and a half outside Los Angeles. CineStory is an organization that mentors writers by getting them together with producers and agents. I have participated in the CineStory experience, and it’s worth it. You will learn a TON.

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