[Video]: Hollywood’s Black List Sets The Standard for Screenplays

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BLACKLIST founder Franklin Leonard offers a surprisingly unique perspective on Hollywood’s reality: sleepless script execs slaving through piles of bad scripts, all asking each other the same question: ‘read anything good lately?’ This is the riveting origin story of www.blcklst.com If you liked this, check out more videos about screenwriting or filmmaking. And if you … Read more

Best of the Web 21 Oct

Story & Structure :: How to Create a Great Villain :: Tell a Story to Help You Write One :: Moon – Script Review :: Flashbacks and ‘Reservoir Dogs’ Script Perfection :: Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters: Be a Natural Observer :: Five Things to do After ‘Finishing’ a Draft :: What Screenwriting Style or … Read more

Logline it! – Week 14

Writing loglines is an essential skill for screenwriters, from early development through to the pitch. In this section, every week our panel reviews a few loglines posted to www.logline.it. Learn from the feedback and perfect your own loglining skills. by The Judges Model Behaviour [box] “Jordan Rhodes is an honest detective investigating the heinous murder of … Read more

[Video]: Alex Garland on subverting Judge Dredd

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Alex Garland (writer of the iconic 28 Days Later) talks about why writing a fascist cop protagonist contains the seeds of its own subversion, how to make him a functional anti-hero, and the relationship between comic books and film. If you liked this, check out more videos about screenwriting or filmmaking. And if you know … Read more

Why Protagonists Must Have Some Virtues

In my past essays I have explained how Australian feature film stories could be improved by paying attention to originality, substance, and universal themes.  Today I will focus on another consistent weakness I see in Australian features:  Central characters who are unimpressive, unheroic, and quite often dubious. by Steven Fernandez Some writers may try to … Read more