Logline it! – Week 25

Writing loglines is an essential skill for screenwriters, from early development through to the pitch. In this section, we review the loglines and short synopses of the screenplays that made it into the Blacklist 2012. Learn from the feedback and perfect your own loglining skills. by The Judges  Serial Killer Sister “When a Newly recruited … Read more

[Video]: David O Russell on Silver Linings Playbook


David O Russell (The Fighter, I Heart Huckabees, Three Kings) sits down with his editor Jay Cassidy to discuss how they were able to experiment with multiple approaches to character in the edit suite – and who they make films for.   If you liked this, check out more videos about screenwriting or filmmaking. And … Read more

Writing the High ROI Screenplay (Part 1)

This week we kick off the first in a twelve part series of JT Velikovsky’s doctoral thesis: “Understanding And Exploring The Relationship Between: Creativity; Theories Of Narratology; Screenwriting; And Narrative Fiction Feature Film-Making Practices.” By JT Velikovsky Firstly – my thanks to Karel, and to all the gang at The Story Department, for inviting me … Read more

Best of the Web 27 Jan

Story & Structure :: Screenwriting lessons you can learn from The Big Lebowski/a> :: Is The Three Act Structure Dead? :: MacGuffins and ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ :: Toughest Scene I Wrote: Tony Kushner on Lincoln :: Is Dating Dated? Script Perfection :: Breaking Down the Wall Between You and Your Next Great Scene … Read more

Mini Review – Django Unchained

Django Unchained  Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson It’s two years before the American Civil War, and a liberal and articulate bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) frees slave Django (Jamie Foxx) to help him identify three sadistic brothers who were once Django’s overseers. Django gets a taste for the work and they partner up, but Django’s … Read more