Photo by Obi Onyeador from Unsplash Before you worry about camera angles or location permits, you need a strong script. And the core of that screenplay is your main character – AKA your protagonist. But what makes a good protagonist? “Make your main character more likable” is a simplistic note we often hear. It’s easy
The 2021 Oscars are almost here! One of the best things about Oscar season is that we’re treated to Oscar nominee interviews with all the best actors, writers, directors and other film industry professionals. Watching or reading these interviews is a great way to find inspiration and advice for your own filmmaking project. It’s such
Warner Brothers, MACRO and The Black List have just announced some exciting news: one screenwriter of color will receive $10,000 to develop a movie idea. How to enter the screenwriting incubator Now through August 1, you can upload your idea to the Black List screenplay hosting site and opt in to be considered for the
Pacing in film: it sounds like a simple concept, but it’s actually created by a collection of complex choices. And as a filmmaker, you get to make all the decisions about what you want your film’s pacing to be. Are you directing an intense action sequence that’s meant to get your audience’s hearts pounding? You
A blank page can be the most intimidating thing in the world. We’ve all experienced writer’s block! Are there any writer’s block tips that actually help? Some pros say they don’t believe in writer’s block, which doesn’t really help us. This idea can make aspiring writers feel like they’re missing some magic power to persevere.
With coronavirus covid-19 keeping many of us at home for an extended period of time, you have the perfect opportunity to finally finish that screenplay! So…where do you start? Schedule for how to write a screenplay in six weeks Many new writers get inspired and jump right into filling up the blank page, but this
Have you always wanted to finish a screenplay? Why not do it in 2020? It’s a new year, a new decade, and a fresh start for your writing goals. We’re not saying it’s easy – but it IS possible. Here’s how you can finish a screenplay this year. Finished is better than perfect Are you
Want to create your own film school for free? Read professional screenplays! Every year during Oscar season (which goes from around November until the Oscars in February), film studios make their Oscar screenplays (for the films that hope to win Best Screenplay) available online. This is so that awards voters can read them and make
You’ve come up with a genius idea for a movie or TV show. It’s gonna be a hit! Well, it won’t ever make it past the desk of a lowly script reader or assistant if it’s just like every other screenplay that came before it. What are the screenwriting cliches that make people stop reading?
You’ve written your first screenplay. Or maybe you’ve finished editing your first feature film. Is it ready for public view? We all know how competitive creative industries can be, and we’ve all heard the advice that you shouldn’t send something out before it’s ready (since you may only have one shot to impress entertainment industry