by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Many writers decide what format they will be working in before they ever write the first word of their story. There’s certainly nothing wrong with this approach. Acknowledging one’s strengths and leanings toward storytelling in long-form films, serialized television and streaming formats, or non-linear virtual reality can be helpful in determining the... Continue Reading →
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) The mysteries of the universe will get a bit more complex this week as HBO unleashes their third and final season of The Leftovers. The show, created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, explores life after the unexplainable disappearance of 2% of the earth’s population. Chris Zylka portrays Tom Garvey, the prodigal... Continue Reading →
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Time – It is the most feared enemy of the writer. If time was not an issue, many of us would have churned out thousands of scripts and novels by now. Time keeps us from regular writing habits. It suffocates the moments we actually do spend writing. And perhaps most importantly, it... Continue Reading →
by Fin Wheeler Made a New Year’s resolution to get more serious about the way you write? Here’s a step-by-step guide to crafting a spec screenplay like a professional. Step 1: Idea On every paid gig you’ll have to write from someone else’s idea. So, when it comes to your original projects, don’t waste your precious spec-writing... Continue Reading →
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
William Goldman is one of the most successful and sage screenwriters currently working in Hollywood.
There’s absolutely no reason you can’t write in ANY genre if you are prepared to put the work in. Genre is craft. Craft can be learnt. So learn the conventions of the genre you want to write. Watch all the movies in that genre, big and small; read all the scripts. Go to events, learn about it. Read articles, blogs, soak it all up.