by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) A great deal of ink has been spilled about Hollywood’s infatuation with youth. As writers, we can easily fall into this trap as well. Look back at your own portfolio and count how many scripts you’ve written about protagonists under the age of 30. Juxtapose that with
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) The announcement of Universal’s Dark Universe earlier this year brought a wide range of reactions from the storytelling world. For those unaware, the plan is for a new series of movies around the classic monster characters owned by the studio to be released in much the same
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is taking the box office by storm, as it has every time a new iteration of the story has been released. We could chalk the success up to brilliant casting, memorable music, or simply the magical wand of Mickey Mouse. But those
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Hollywood continues to struggle with representing stories from the many different perspectives found in our ever-changing world. Fortunately, the recent box office slate has offered narratives through the eyes of one of the most historically underrepresented voices in film – women. Women of varying ages, ethnicities, and
by Angela Bourassa A few months ago I was on a walk with my husband, and I asked him to help me come up with some contained comedy ideas. I wanted to write something low-budget, as most of my scripts require big set pieces and casts. We pondered for a
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Oscar season is upon us. Studios are putting their best foot forward in attempts to woo voters with the finest stories they have to offer. While it’s tempting to begin guessing what films will be selected for next year’s highest honors, it’s worth taking a look back at
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) The entertainment industry is filled with legends about the process for casting Bill Murray in a film. It’s no secret that the comedic genius is choosy about the stories he agrees to inhabit. So what can we learn about the cinematic choices he’s made? Here are five
David Lynch has been in the news recently with the unveiling of his reboot of Twin Peaks, the classic 29-episode miniseries that consumed audiences in the early ’90s. Ariston Anderson of Filmmaker Magazine recently shared ten lessons he learned from Lynch. Here are a few highlights: The thrill is in
Syd Field has passed away, and the writing world is mourning his loss.
T.J. Barnard of WhatCulture recently shared ten screenwriting lessons any writer can learn from Django Unchained.