[Video]: Paul Haggis’ Introspection


‘Usually around noon, I feel really guilty and so actually open the script and start to work on it…’ Paul Haggis outlines a chaotic, self-diagnostic, yet extremely heartfelt writing process, and how he overcomes the many forms of writer’s block. If you liked this, check out more videos about screenwriting or filmmaking. And if you … Read more

Texting in the Movies

I am frequently asked how to format text messages and email messages while maintaining the script’s “readability.” There are several methods depending on your dramatic purpose. All of the examples below are correctly formatted. by David Trottier In the first example, Sharon receives a text message from someone that she (Sharon) wants to show to … Read more

[Video]: Comedy Roundtable


Another Hollywood Report Showrunners Roundtable, focusing on the art of writing a successful comedy show. Mike Schur & Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation), Matthew Carnahan (House of Lies), Bruce Helford (Anger Management), Liz Meriwether (New Girl), Steve Molaro (The Big Bang Theory). If you liked this, check out more videos about screenwriting or … Read more

[Video]: The ‘Vomit Draft’ – Dustin Lance Black


Are you plagued with a deluge of ideas, clustered around a series of themes? How do you whittle down a thousand magical ideas into a lean, powerful screenplay without killing the spirit of the idea? Charismatic screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J Edgar, Pedro) talks passionately about his methodology for visualizing a screenplay from top … Read more