When the screenwriting bug bites, I think you will agree with me that the blank screen on your computer is really INTIMIDATING?
It doesn’t have to be.
Screenwriting is a basic process. Once you understand this process, your fears of pouring out your soul to the critics and readers out there will disappear…
…it will give you the knowledge and confidence to submit your work to any producer in the world!
In this website I’m going to show you how the screenwriting process works, how to make sure your screenplay format is correct, how to decide on genre and character to find a magic story idea, and many more tips to create a kick-ass script. Like I said – it is a process. It is not rocket science, and anyone with the drive for storytelling can use it!
BONUS: Download my free pdf manual, print it out and keep it handy as a checklist before you submit your work. Be safe rather than sorry.
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Let’s make magic!
Writing for the movies: every trimester I meet people with stars in their eyes.
They are the next generation of filmmakers; loaded with fantastic ideas, and they sincerely believe they will be the next Tarantino or JK Rowling.
Then, reality kicks in.
Someone—a script reader—looks at their synopsis and maybe the treatment, and dumps their story without even reading their script!
This is something that happens to the majority of screenwriters in the world.
What went wrong?
Today, we talk about what makes a story compelling, how to force your reader to turn the page, and tips to captivate your reader and viewer.
Continue reading “Writing for the Movies”
What is this perverse demand for ‘a treatment’?
Are we in this business to write a creative story, or to please a decision-making, mean, unsympathetic script reader? You know the answer: yes to both!
In this article, we look at what a treatment is, how to format yours into pages worth reading, and tips on writing a magic treatment. There really is no reason for you to lose sleep over a treatment!
Continue reading “How to Add a Magic Treatment to Your Screenwriting!”
What’s the point of a synopsis?
When you are a script reader, people sometimes approach you with “I’ve got a fantastic story for you!” At this point, I already want to run away. Forever. But, nice person that I am, I would say, “okay, what’s your story about?” Then, this enthusiastic person starts ranting about a protagonist and an antagonist and her mother and sister and then an accident followed by a rainstorm that wipes out half the citizens of the city and a baby born and…
The point is if there is no simplistic way of stating what your movie is about, there is NO WAY a producer will invest millions into it.
In this article, we explore the ‘synopsis’—that magical way in which YOU are going to get interest in your story and the attention of readers, the format of a synopsis, and what uses you have for it.
Continue reading “Synopsis – How to Write a Magic Synopsis”
Storytelling over the centuries
Could you write a story about an old man alone at sea and a fish? Storytelling so simple and plain on its surface, yet so deep and profound on other levels, it would win you the Nobel Prize in Literature? Ernest Hemingway could. ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ not only captivated audiences around the world, it made Hemingway a classic name in American literature and brought him fame and respect. His work inspired more than 20 movies and TV series so far (Hemingway, 2015).
Hemingway’s success can also be yours. In this blog we explore exciting writing techniques and screenplay structure, and how you can easily connect both to come up with the next generation of fantastic storytelling. You may just be heading for the same riches and fame as Hemingway, Agatha Christie, Shakespeare and J. K. Rowling.
Today, anything imaginable can be produced on the screen. Unfortunately, as our technical abilities increased over the years, the art of storytelling declined. Our films have become mostly garbage, designed at large to please action hungry audiences and profit seeking studios and producers.
Continue reading “The Art of Storytelling”
“Scene One – Seen ‘em all!” Said by a mentor and brilliant production manager I worked with some years ago. Bill’s point was simple: there are only a handful of stories going around. Every idea is a rehash of something else.
Although said in jest, these words are both true and not. There are great stories and movies going around—only, they are as scarce as hen’s teeth.
Today, we look at ways to find a magic story concept by visiting genre, character and exploring avenues leading to new story ideas. Continue reading “Idea for a Magic Script – Methods to Create Great Stories!”
Is script formatting getting in the way of your story idea? Does your script not conforming to the industry standard and fear of rejection, cause you anxiety? What is this “industry standard” anyway? Today, we explore why correct formatting is so important, pitfalls in formatting your screenplay, and which software is available for you, the serious, but creative writer. Continue reading “Script Formatting”
If the 3 act structure is the basis of every story, why do some analysts and writers insist on more? Learn here how to easily make the 3 act structure work to your advantage and avoid the confusion!
Continue reading “3 Act Structure in Your Screenplay”
Every writer should know what the difference is between plot and story. It is quintessential to your credibility as a screenwriter. Yet, there seems to be quite a bit of misunderstanding about these terms.
We will look at some examples.
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