4 reasons not to use flashbacks
Discussing whether flashbacks are a good idea with writers is about as easy as trying to choose your favorite Star Wars movie. There really isn’t one definitive answer. We just want to say that avoiding flashbacks more often than not is probably a good rule of thumb for all screenwriters.
5 Great Things About Screenwriting
There are so many things to love about this amazing, wild, ridiculously-complicated world of Hollywood and writing scripts, that we thought listing a few might be a good idea. So, let's get back to basics and see why we do this, and love it a little bit, too.
Our 5 Favorite YouTube Bits on Writing Dramas.
No. 1 - Aaron Sorkin, Matthew Weiner, Vince Gilligan Roundtable
This Hollywood Reporter roundtable pulls together some of the greatest showrunners in modern times. Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Moneyball, The West Wing) discusses The Newsroom and so much more. Matthew Weiner (The Sopranos, Are ...
Our 5 favorite YouTube bits on comedy writing.
One of the best ways to hone your craft is to look at the work of experts. Here is a round up of our favorite YouTube bits on how to write standup, TV, films, sketch and everything in between.
How to collaborate using Final Draft 10
The newest thing in screenwriting software is collaboration. That means you can write a few lines of dialog or a quick little scene and your writing partner can watch you and even join in. Doesn’t matter if you’re in the same city or on the other side of the country, this technology makes it easier than ever to collaborate – a fundamental in the film industry.
5 Super Useful Ways to Name Characters in Your Screenplay
What “sounds” good on paper might sound different when spoken in dialog. But ultimately, your job as a writer is to translate that story onto the page. So, let’s start with five ways to choose great character names for the best read.
ONE MORE TIME from writer/director Robert Edwards
What’s a guy who has a military background as a captain in Iraq, who also went to the same high school at Barack Obama doing writing a screenplay about a failed musician planning his big comeback? He’s living the American dream. The one that says you can do anything if you put your mind to it.
Screenwriter Robert Edwards came from a ...
WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT by screenwriter Robert Carlock
Writer Robert Carlock has a long list of TV shows that don his name. They include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Joey, Friends and The Dana Carvey Show. But his new film, Whiskey Foxtrot Tango starring Tina Fey, is his first produced feature. It's the story of a naive journalist who takes an assignment in ...
THE NEW YORKER PRESENTS from showrunner Kahane Cooperman
“The New Yorker has so many great stories, wouldn’t it be great to visualize them?” asks showrunner Kahane Cooperman of the new series The New Yorker Presents. The answer is a resounding yes.
ScreenwritingU Magazine sat down with Cooperman who spend most of her career as a producer on The Daily Show to find out what it takes to ...
HOW TO BE SINGLE screenwriter Dana Fox explains why rom-com is a dirty word
Powerhouse Hollywood comedy writer, Dana Fox, is sick and tired of hearing the word “rom-com” when it comes to describing her movies. She’s written What Happens in Vegas, Couples Retreat, The Wedding Date and the TV show Ben and Kate. ScreenwritingU Magazine sits down with the writer/producer to hear about her new film How to Be Single, ...
ZOOLANDER 2, from screenwriters Nick Stoller and Justin Theroux
It took 10 years to bring the “really, really ridiculously good looking” male model of Derek Zoolander back to the big screen. “But this development process was oddly luxurious,” says Nick Stoller who co-wrote the screenplay with Justin Theroux, Ben Stiller and John Hamburg on and off over the course of a decade.
“Usually you ...
TUMBLEDOWN, from screenwriter Desi van Til and director Sean Mewshaw
She was from a small town. He was from every big city in the U.S. and Europe. They were opposites in every way, except when it came to love. And no, we’re not talking about the characters in the new romantic dramedy, Tumbledown, starring Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall.
We’re talking about the filmmakers. Screenwriter Desi van Til and ...