The latest video from Michael Tucker's wonderful YouTube channel, Lessons from the Screenplay, delves into the always tricky topic of exposition. Exposition is information that you need to get across to the audience, but simply telling the audience a bunch of background info rarely goes well. So Michael takes a look at how the Wachowskis... Continue Reading →
Behind the Curtain has posted a new video essay on the writing of Fight Club, and it's pretty friggin amazing. In the video, author Chuck Palahniuk shares his real life inspiration for this story -- which is fascinating -- then screenwriter Jim Uhls and director David Fincher weigh in on how the story adapted to... Continue Reading →
In my experience, these are the screenwriting competitions and film/TV fellowships that are worth entering/applying to.
If you hadn't heard, I (Angela) co-run a screenwriting competition with the wonderful Tim Schildberger of LiveRead/LA. Our joint competition is Write/LA, an international feature and pilot screenplay competition created by writers, for writers. (The Write/LA Early Deadline is tomorrow - June 5! Check it out!) One of the things we do over at Write/LA... Continue Reading →
Our good friend Ken Aguado has put together a handy new guide for screenwriters who have their sights set on adaptation but have no idea how to actually go about acquiring the rights to their favorite IP. Based On: A Non-Lawyer’s Guide to Acquiring Film and Televisions Rights from Everywhere, is available on Smashwords for... Continue Reading →
Whether you were adequately satisfied by the end of Game of Thrones, hated it, or found it straight-up offensive, there's no denying that this show got into the psyches of a whole heck of a lot of people with some exceptional writing in the first few seasons. It dug it's claws in deep enough that... Continue Reading →
N.T. Jordan (@ntjrdn) has started a new YouTube channel called Behind the Curtain, and we are already big fans. With these videos -- so far one on Game of Thrones and one on The Office -- N.T. is digging through hours of interviews to find clips from showrunners and core writers regarding the actual writing... Continue Reading →
When do we need to be strict about our formatting, and when can we break the rules to better serve our story?
From Greta Garbo to Penny Marshall to Thelma Schoonmaker, Hollywood Heroines is an astounding investigation of film history through the eyes of the women who helped shape it.
Today is the perfect day to share this video from the amazing Michael Tucker for a few reasons. First, Michael is actually doing an AMA at noon Pacific time TODAY over on the Screenwriting subReddit. If you've been dying to ask Michael questions about his wonderful series of videos, now is your chance. Second, Carson... Continue Reading →