Logline it! – Black List 2012 – Week 5

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  CLIVE “After an accident causes a successful … Read more

[Video]: Argo writer Chris Terrio – Figuring It Out


Rising star Chris Terrio (screenwriter of Argo, recipient of this year’s Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay) talks about failure, frustration, the ad-hoc path to screenwriting, and why Argo exists. Check out Chris Terrio’s vital statistics here.   If you liked this, check out more videos about screenwriting or filmmaking. And if you know of … Read more

Writing the High ROI Screenplay (Part 2)

This week we continue with part two 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 So, whenever I’m asked, my own `general advice’ to any – and all – screenwriters/filmmakers, always includes, as … Read more

Best of the Web 24 Feb

Story & Structure :: The Art Of Higher Stakes :: Film Endings and ‘Rocky’ :: Death and the Modern Western in ‘True Grit’ and ‘Django’ :: Russel’s Rules For Redrafting :: 10 Screenwriting Lessons from Inglorious Basterds :: 3 Storytelling Tips From ‘Breaking Bad’ :: 9 Rules For Being Funny From David Steinberg :: The … Read more

[The Writing Director]: My Relationship with Criticism

“This is probably the gayest clip ever made.” This is what I’m getting myself into. I spotted this constructive feedback on a music video I wrote and directed last month. Having given this a fair amount of thought, I still haven’t quite figured out what the person who posted this was thinking when they wrote … Read more