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July 25, 2020
30 reasons why a journey into the vault of Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling’s vault gives film school a run for its money.
How to write a screenplay structure
March 22, 2020
Screenplay structure is actually pretty easy… if you know what structures you can play with. Here are 10 screenplay structures that can be applied to any genre and story.
February 1, 2018
Crafting the ultimate love/hate protagonist? Consult this extensive blueprint for developing a memorable anti-hero, in the grand tradition of Batman, Tony Montana, and Bonnie Parker.
January 29, 2018
Here we feature each of 2018’s Oscar-nominated scripts, and offer screenwriters the chance to look behind the curtain by reading them.
January 11, 2018
Though they’re often overlooked, these five pieces of successful screenplays—some big, some small—have always been found in the best scripts on the market.
January 2, 2018
As we look ahead to this new year, now’s a good time to ask: What are your screenwriting goals? Here are seven New Year’s resolutions for aspiring screenwriters in 2018.
December 12, 2017
What makes a classic holiday movie? In partnership with ScreenCraft, MovieMaker explores the essential ingredients that cooked up the holiday canon.
November 7, 2017
Settling on your next script’s length can take longer than writing it. Save time and read these three differences between a short and feature-length script.
November 3, 2017
Here we showcase seven ways in which you can determine if your characters aren’t unique—and how you can find methods that make those characters stand out.
November 1, 2017
Here we offer 101 originally conceived horror story prompts that you can use as nightmare fuel for your next scary screenplay.
September 21, 2017
On-screen writing credits can be confusing for those yet to be involved in the negotiation and contract goings-on in Hollywood. Here’s what they all mean.
September 19, 2017
The Plant and Payoff is a technique in screenwriting that offers added depth and meaning to two or more moments in a story and engages the audience with a more satisfying viewing experience.
August 22, 2017
“It’s who you know,” they say. You’ll find with these three networking maps that you can and will know more people in the industry than you could imagine.
August 4, 2017
During the screenwriting boom of the 1990s, dozens upon dozens of spec scripts were sold for millions and never produced.
July 25, 2017
Based on Dungeons & Dragons, the Five-Room Dungeon Model is designed to plot out your screenplay’s most important twists and turns. Here’s how to use it.
July 18, 2017
Many novice screenwriters claim that somehow a network or producer got a hold of their pitch and stole it. Make sure you know your protected rights.
July 11, 2017
Use this list of stock characters to create the inhabitants of your scripts’ worlds, or as red flags for when you sense yourself devolving into cliche.
June 21, 2017
Learn the differences between the Hero’s Journey and the Heroine’s Journey to move your script past stale male-exclusive tropes and into the 21st century.
June 15, 2017
The first contact that Hollywood has with any screenplay that comes through their e-mail inbox? The title. Work these steps to make yours count.
May 16, 2017
The average produced script spends 5-7 years in development. During that time, it must survive rounds and rounds of script coverage, development notes.
April 28, 2017
A seasoned screenwriter breaks down what’s at stake for every player in Hollywood on all levels if a writers strike is indeed on the horizon.
April 26, 2017
From the moment you accept it, the experience of writing the script assignment can be a slippery slope. Here are seven keys to staying on top of it.
April 25, 2017
Sometimes quality and chronology go hand-in-hand in the screenwriting process. Use this case study of Passengers to improve your script by re-arranging it.
April 21, 2017
What are the best ways to introduce characters’ names to the audience? Here are seven answers to this seemingly simple, yet tricky screenwriting question.