Friend of the site Erik Bork has written a great new article on the first rule of screenwriting: Show, don't tell. Erik writes, At first, it might seem obvious. Film and television are visual media. You always want to give the audience something to watch. It’s boring to hear characters “speak information” to each other. It’s... Continue Reading →
Our latest list of "un-rules" comes from the always insightful Billy Mernit.
Our latest list of un-rules comes from the talented Deborah Moggach.
Today, I want to take a step back and look at what we've learned.
E.B. White wrote that there are “no inflexible rules by which the young writer may steer his course. He will often find himself steering by stars that are disturbingly in motion.” With this in mind, we’ve asked working screenwriters to share a list of the “un-rules” that they find most helpful in their writing careers. We're... Continue Reading →
This week we're honored to have a list of "un-rules" from Erik Bork (@flyingwrestler). Erik is best known for his work on the HBO miniseries BAND OF BROTHERS and FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON.
Our list this week comes from the talented Mark Sanderson (@scriptcat).
Your ego and your conscious mind already have way too many rules. To receive another set of rules about having 3 acts and 1st act twists and all sorts of things like that, I think, is a way of homogenizing movies. It's very destructive to the industry. On the other hand, your sub-conscious, the crazy person, that's the one who needs the rules.