For me, screenwriting is all about setting characters in motion and as a writer just chasing them. They should tell you what they'll do in any scene you put them in.
Screenwriting is like ironing. You move forward a little bit and go back and smooth things out.
You fail only if you stop writing.
Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts, and never hope more than you work.
Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.
It's a form of screenwriting shorthand. If you want to indicate a character is bad or shady, you give him a cigarette.
First rule of screenwriting: Don’t fall in love with your work. Second rule of screenwriting: Don’t fall in love with your work.
I don't care who you are. When you sit down to write the first page of your screenplay, in your head, you're also writing your Oscar acceptance speech.
Not using dialogue can give a character an extra layer of personality. Think about the people in your life and their body language, the quirks they have and how it helps define what you think of them. One defeated shrug can speak to a characters entire philosophy of life... You've got the power to make... Continue Reading →
To make a great film, you need three things: a great script, a great script, and a great script.