Film Reverie Interviews Unknown Screenwriter

Film Reverie Podcast with Unknown Screenwriter

It’s no surprise that Screenwriters etc. is a fan of The Unknown Screenwriter. Today we redirect you to an interview with Unk by Film Reverie. I literally just finished listening and let me tell you that the 71 minutes not only goes by quickly but certainly worth the listen. Not the usual stuff you almost always hear from the industry ...

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Types of Friends In Movies Give Your Characters Their Own Theme

Types of Friends in Movies

Read this article today on Gideon’s Screenwriting and it actually reminded me of quite intimate conversation I had with the Unknown Screenwriter at the Great American Pitchfest last summer. While it’s true as screenwriters, we should know our characters backwards, forwards, inside, and out, Unk gave me a tip that has gotten me hot into writing much faster than I ...

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Make Your Spec Script Stand Apart

Make Your Spec Script Stand Apart

I hadn’t read this post from the Unknown Screenwriter but wow… Totally hits home and definitely worth the read. Not only that but like most of the posts I read on Unk’s site, the truth of the writing is obvious when you read it. Love that kind of information! Love not trying to be convinced or persuaded but when an ...

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Stakes or Lack of Stakes in Spec Screenplays

Stakes

Good article over at Script Reader Pro talking about stakes. What are STAKES you ask? Here’s the short answer… What will be lost if a character does not achieve the chosen objective. I also read a lot of screenplays… Both professional and amateur and while I do find a lot of other problems besides the stakes not being severe enough ...

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Detach From Your Completed Spec Then Write Another

detach

Mark Sanderson, also known as @Scriptcat points out that even though he’s sold only one spec script, it was that one spec that opened up doors to more industry work. He goes on to say that one sold spec and the additional work it’s brought him has kept him from being able to write new specs. Something to think about. Also ...

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Making a Deal With the Devil Horror Film Template

Making a Deal With the Devil Horror Film Template

This post on Gideon’s Screenwriting couldn’t have come at a better time since I’m knee-deep into a horror screenplay right now. Interestingly enough, I’ve seem to hit on quite a few of these structural elements already but it’s nice to be able to read it out. The article discusses the horror screenplay template within the context of the protagonist making ...

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Plot is What Tests Character

Plot Tests Character

Short but interesting post by Scott Myers of Go Into The  Story and real quick? If you’re not reading Scott’s blog, you’re really missing out. And while I’ve always known and understood that plot (as Scott points out) also serves up the obstacles, roadblocks, and reversals in a story… When I read the statement: PLOT TESTS CHARACTER That’s when it ...

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Unlikable Main Characters by Erik Bork

Unlikable Main Characters

As Erik points out in his article, we’re trending in a rise of unlikable characters especially when it comes to television… Just take a look at Breaking Bad, Dexter, and True Detective. I also think Erik’s on to something here… Our need to sympathize and or root for the main character seems to be waning. This, in and of itself, ...

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10 Hardest Film Genres to Write by Industrial Scripts

Interesting article that truthfully points out that if you, the screenwriter do not really have a favorite genre to write in, then you’re probably going to struggle writing it no matter what. Both beginning and professional screenwriters organically lean toward the kinds of genres they enjoy watching. They often instinctively know and understand the elements of said genre, both good ...

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