Best of the Web 29 Sep

Story & Structure :: Beat Sheets and Act Structure for Television Drama :: Screenplay Review – Maersk Alabama (Captain Phillips) :: TV Script Review – Almost Human Script Perfection :: Gideon’s Screenwriting Tips: So Now You’re a Screenwriter… :: 35 Reasons to Write (or, Why We Do What We Do) :: Reader Questions :: Write … Read more

[Video]: Writing Better Action

Almost inevitably, Youtube instructional videos tend to involve several minutes of bad jokes, dithering and mildly embarrassing vignettes from the maker’s personal life (try clearing your search history first next time, guys). John August (Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Go) bucks the trend by jumping straight into the action. How to … Read more

Writing the High ROI Screenplay (Part 9)

This week we continue with part nine 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 here is the list, again:   And –maybe the first thing we notice about the Top 20 ROI … Read more

Best of the Web 22 Sep

Story & Structure :: Scene-Writing Month: Day 5 – Chase Scenes :: French Week – The Intouchables :: 5 TV Rules That Aren’t Rules Anymore :: Creator Ethan Nicolle Talks About Writing For Television Script Perfection :: Breaking Bad and the Necessity of an Unhappy Ending :: The Un-Rules of Screenwriting: Karen McCullah’s List :: … Read more

Video: Robert Towne

To celebrate master screenwriter Robert Towne (Chinatown) joining the writing staff of Mad Men, enjoy a little-seen hour-long Writers Guild interview. If you liked this, check out more videos about screenwriting or filmmaking. And if you know of a great video on Screenwriting, let us know in the comments. Thanks!