A Writer’s Viral West Wing Tweets Gets Hollywood’s Attention
One of the most difficult things to do as a screenwriter is to get noticed by Hollywood. Many of us enter screenwriting competitions, network with industry professionals and even make short films in hopes of getting some attention on our quest to finding an agent or manager. You may remember an interview I did in 2016 with Billy ...
6 Secrets to Writing Binge-Worthy TV Shows
With the future of the film industry in question, as writers, now is the time to start working on that binge-worthy TV show. The assignment is more than writing a TV pilot; it’s creating an experience that connect viewers to your characters using empathy and conflict as your story twists, turns and unfolds in ways that compel viewers to keep watching. You want them to stay on your emotional rollercoaster as long as possible, so that requires character highs, lows and surprises. Let’s look at some helpful ways to build your TV roller coaster.
Turning Nostalgic TV into Film Franchises is Risky Biz
Hollywood has a tendency to cannibalize itself. Most of the superhero reboots are empty-calorie action flicks with too much CGI, (do we really need another Spider-Man this July?).
While superhero films are here to stay - at least for the next decade - the other recycling trend with which Hollywood seems obsessed is rebooting nostalgic TV shows ...
TV Writers, It’s Good to Be Different
What scripts do you have socked away that felt too “out there” or different to commit to paper, finish, or submit? With so many outlets for stories that veer from the beaten path (shoutout to shows such as Twin Peaks and Northern Exposure for paving the way), it’s time to drag that idea out of hiding.
Different, strange, oddball, ...