Not on the screen? Not on the page!

If it’s not on the screen, it can’t be on the page. While most screenwriting books allude to this rule, Michael Hague probably best expresses it:  “Nothing goes on the page that doesn’t go on the screen. Screenplays are made up of action, description, and dialogue.” by Jack Brislee “That’s all.  Nothing can be included that … Read more

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The Judges: Week 6

In 2011, each week 10 judges will review two short synopses from films that are currently in development. The objective is to all (that includes us judges) learn from the exercise. Please comment on our comments! photo credit: swanksalot If you have an opinion on any of these synopses or the feedback from the judges, … Read more

Video: Richard Walter

During a recent talk on outlining I gave for the AWG, the first audience question was about selling .
When you teach screenwriting, some questions keep coming back.
Like the one on why movies need to make money.

Watch this excerpt from an excellent talk by Richard Walter and see how the lady in green takes her time asking a question. Walter’s patience runs out and he jumps in, then the lady shows her annoyance by throwing her hands in the air. Despite Walter’s slight attitude, I’m with him on this one.

Whose side are you on?

Do check out the full program on

With thanks to Louise Lee Mei and Adrian Kok.

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