Monthly Archives: June 2015

Learn Screenwriting through Scripts


You may have heard that writers read a lot. For novelists, it’s easy to recognize that other books can provide guidance on everything from characterization to world building. It’s the same for the aspiring screenwriter. Even though the finished form of the piece is a film, which is visual art, nearly every narrative film begins with a screenplay. Reading other screenplays will help you learn how to write them yourself.

The difference between watching a finished film closely and reading a script closely is that a whole film takes into consideration not just the story itself but all the other filmic elements that make the film what it is, from mise-en-scène to sound to editing. Done well, the form of the film creates the narrative. It transcends the script to truly become a visual art form. Reading a screenplay closely, the writer is left with nothing but the initial kernel…

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HOW TO: Write a screenplay






As a person who is writing in her own time, and at her own pace, I’m going to share my journey of screenwriting with you. It’s not as hard as it seems and you need to invest time and energy into screenwriting if you are serious about it. As if this is the only thing you can envision doing happily for the rest of your life. Believe in yourself and it will pay off like with any other employee in their career. The only difference is, as you are writing, you are your own boss, your own manager. Like the sound of that?

For all you aspiring writers, here’s 20 simple steps I’ve taken in writing a screenplay. I believe it will help you too.

  1. Learn how a screenplay should look like. I’ve brought a book of the dark knight trilogy scripts on Amazon, it…

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HEY! WE ALL HAD TO START SOMEWHERE: an interview with Tracee Beebe author of Wild at Heart and My Silent Voice

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This is the next post in a series of interviews with writers who have had their first films, web series, television assignment, etc. make it to the big or small or computer screen. It is an effort to find out what their journey was to their initial success.
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Next up: an interview with Tracee Beebe author of Wild at Heart and My Silent Voice
tracee oneTracee Beebe is a working screenwriter whose projects focus on damaged characters and their relationships with each other…

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Descriptions in Scripts

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How much is too much? In a medium where every word is precious, how can a character, scene, or action be properly described while using as few letters as possible?

There is a difference between good description and too much description. Good description uses brevity to concisely convey the visuals.

Let’s take a look at some examples:

“On the dirt floor, John awakens in his shabby clothes and stares at the ceiling with a look of disgust.”

First phrase: “On the dirt floor, John awakens in his shabby clothes.” Good description. Shows the character’s location in the scene, gives him an action, and describes his wardrobe. What comes after falls short.

Second phrase: “and stares at the ceiling with a look of disgust.” He stares at the ceiling. How important is this action? Is any of this necessary to the plot or character development? The character…

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Advice To Screenwriters About Selling Their First Screenplay – A Film Courage Screenwriting Series


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Ask an Astonishingly Productive Script Consultant!

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Bill Boyle

The latest in a series of interviews with script readers and consultants who would be worth your while to work with if you want to get your script in shape. Today’s spotlight is on writer-educator-consultant Bill Boyle of

Veteran screenwriter Bill Boyle has been involved in the film industry in both Canada and the U.S. for over 25 years as a writer, director, agent, producer, story editor, and mentor. Mr. Boyle has the rare honor that every screenplay and television series he has written has been produced or optioned. He currently has four screenplays produced and a fifth scheduled for production. Two others are presently under option. Additional information on the films can be found at or at

In addition to screenwriting, Mr. Boyle devotes a significant amount of his time sharing his experience mentoring younger screenwriters. He teaches screenwriting at UCLA and has lectured throughout Canada and…

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An Interview with William Goldman: A Must Watch

The Truths of Timmy

It cannot be stated enough how valuable this interview with William Goldman is to any and all people who have ever possessed even the slightest inclination to get involved in the world of screenwriting. Detailing how tough it is to get into the industry, how no movie is a guaranteed success, and countless other bits of vital information, drop whatever you are doing and watch this interview right now.

Seriously, I mean it.

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