Screenwriting in Ireland Screenwriting in America

I know we have a few reader-screenwriters living in Ireland so hopefully, this is good reading for you. The article discusses how Irish cinema isn’t exactly known for its originality or intelligence. I guess there’s been a trend of creating what the author of the article, Stephen Totterdell calls, macho-not-macho male characters. One note of interest he points out that ...

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How to Write Screenplays

Interesting video of John August talking about his process… I was surprised to see that he stands at his keyboard to work and his keyboard is a special kind of keyboard that keeps his hands and wrists pain free. Check out his white board… From what I could see, he’s taking one of his main characters… I assume his protagonist, ...

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Dwain Worrell Breaks through The Wall

Dwain Worrell talks about his “overnight success” with his screenplay, THE WALL. And while it did just take that one and only spec screenplay to break into the business, his article talks about all the littered material he left in his wake. Written on a whim and written fast, THE WALL was eventually optioned by Amazon Studios and that led ...

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How Chip Street Sold the First Screenplay He Ever Wrote

Awesome interview of Chip Street. Never met him but I’ve seen him post on some screenwriting forums and Twitter. We can all learn a lot from reading this interview on how Chip sold the first screenplay he ever wrote. How I Sold the First Screenplay I Ever Wrote He is a screenplay analyst, competition finalist, screenplay judge for a major industry ...

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Five Questions to Answer Before You Start Your Screenplay

How do you know if you’ve really got a story on your hands? A story worthy of the months it’s going to take to turn it into a spec script? Check out this blog post that discusses the five questions you need to be asking yourself before you start writing. You need to be able to answer all five questions ...

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Screenwriting Videos From Those Who Know!

A nice collection of some screenwriting videos here from Screenwriters Beat on YouTube. If you’re not writing, you should be learning and while there’s a lot of chatter in these videos, there’s definitely some screenwritng nuggets to be picked up here and there… Check them out! Great information for screenwriters from those who know! The latest videos from Screenwriters Beat ...

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Screenwriting Tips How To Impress A Script Reader

Another fast read from Gideon’s Screenwriting containing tips on how to impress a script reader. A reader is a person employed by a producer, studio or production company to evaluate and recommend screenplay submissions. The reader makes or break you when it comes to you marketing your spec screenplay so knowing how to impress them should be something you strive for in your material ...

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Five Types Of Plot Twists

A quick read with lots of good information about the five different kinds of plot twists. The definition of a plot twist is as follows… An event or piece of information that takes the PLOT in a new, unexpected direction. Always consider your story. Have you included any PLOT REVERSALS or TWISTS? A plot twist is a very powerful story device ...

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Advice for Beginner Screenwriters

Gotta be SERIOUS in the way you approach it. Ron Shelton says out of the hundreds of scripts sent to him over the years by wannabe writers, not one of them was good. Wow. His advice? “Go back and get better. Learn the craft. Learn the craft. Learn the craft.” Doug Atchison says people come to the business of screenwriting ...

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