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 →
In my experience, these are the screenwriting competitions and film/TV fellowships that are worth entering/applying to.
This week on the podcast Stephen Follows talks about his new report, "Judging Screenplays by Their Coverage." The report covers Screencraft's findings from analyzing over 12,000 screenplays along with the coverage these screenplays received from various contests. In the interview we talk about some of his findings. You can listen to the audio portion of... Continue Reading →
When do we need to be strict about our formatting, and when can we break the rules to better serve our story?
The following is an excerpt from Erik Bork's new book, The Idea: The Seven Elements of a Viable Idea for Screen, Stage or Fiction. by Erik Bork (@flyingwrestler) I have come to believe that 60 percent or more of what makes a film or TV project potentially successful (or not) is the core idea that could... Continue Reading →
Michael Tucker has created a new video about sound design and how the writers of A Quiet Place wrote sound into their original screenplay. Check out the video below, and be sure to follow Lessons from the Screenplay for more great videos.
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) When your story is finally written and the final FADE TO BLACK has been executed, you need to be ready to pitch your story to someone that is not legally obligated to tell you they like it. It can be a shock to the system when the script that your mother claimed... Continue Reading →
by Tim Schildberger (@LiveReadLA) We are in Competition Deadline Season! Many of the biggest screenwriting competitions have their final deadlines in the next few days and weeks -- the Nicholls final deadline is May 1, and the Austin final deadline is May 15 -- so now’s the time to polish that script you've been toiling... Continue Reading →
by Onicia Muller (@OniciaMuller) After almost seven years of writing and coordinating with collaborators, I finally co-produced Sucker’s Garden, a Caribbean radio drama, with my friend Kimberly Meyers. Here are six lessons I learned while adapting our feature screenplay into a radio drama. 1. Create your vision, then worry about budgets. That was the first... Continue Reading →