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I came across a quote from an Eastman College student handbook from 1884 that applies to screenwriting too; “You must walk and you must do the work. Rules are like crutches, and should not be forgotten when you are strong enough to walk or work...

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Now what? We’ve written a terrific script. Everybody likes it, except for all the people who don’t, but that’s typical. We went to a screening last night at the Directors Guild here in LA; I’m a member. The movie was WHITEY; guess what it’s about....

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We’re in love. With BEAUTIFUL WOMEN. All is well with the world. The script is finished. Pop the champagne. Call your mother; mine’s dead. In my movie HEAVENLY ANGLE the filmmaker is asked (by the drunken mayor he’s trying to bilk for a budget), “So...

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How to take other people’s brilliant ideas and call them your own. Also – how to prevent really crappy ones from ruining your script. Or your life. When’s your happiest time as a writer? When you’ve got the greatest concept for a movie any human...

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You have one, correct? I know you have a life; you’re reading this; how exciting it is is your business; I’d be happy to hear the more salacious details. But imagine pitching the plot. It’s good practice. And can ameliorate the pressure writers feel sometimes...

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I hope so. Movies, by their nature, are studies in economy, in emotions under-expressed, in showing not explaining. The best writing in film is subtext, leaving the audience to fill in the blanks. Audiences, even if they don’t know it, want to be part of...

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Yes! Every line that every character says is worth gold. You want to throw away precious minerals, you can, but if you think of all those words as priceless, perhaps it’ll help you quantify their value in your script. Screenwriters who come from the theatre...

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1.  Do you always need to create an outline?  No. 2.  Should you always create an outline?  Yes. 3.  Does an Oscar-winning writer always use one?  Of course not. And always regrets it when he doesn’t.   4.  Let’s ask a character question:  what is...

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