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Do you have a screenwriting question?


In the 7+ years I’ve been hosting this blog, I have received a lot of questions. Via email, Twitter, and here at GITS. I have tried to provide my thoughts in response to all of them which has resulted in a nifty free online resource which you can access here — over 300 questions sorted by category (e.g., Business 101, Characters, Film Industry, Format).

The really cool thing is because of the quality people who frequent this site, the resulting discussion for each question oftentimes provides even greater insight into the subject at hand. So if you have a question related to screenwriting, TV writing, or writing in general, there’s a good chance you will find some solid information in archive linked above.

However if you have a question you can’t find an answer to in the archive, feel free to post it in comments. Or if you prefer to…

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‘Spider-Man’ Reboot Finds Its Writers: ‘Vacation’ Duo In Talks


EXCLUSIVE: Vacation writer-directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein are being set right now to write the Spider-Man reboot movie for Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios. The pair had been among the names on a shortlist to direct, but that gig went to Cop Car helmer Jon Watts, and the studio already has found its new Peter Parker in Tom Holland.

Getting a script ready for production was the next step as the pic is slated for release on July 28, 2017. Amy Pascal and Marvel’s Kevin Feige are producing the latest iteration of $4 billion superhero saga, which finds the action set in high school — though it is not considered to be an origin story.

In addition to another reboot in New Line’s Vacation, which comes out July 29 as their directorial debut, Daley and Goldstein paired on writing the Horrible Bosses films and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. They also co-wrote the script for

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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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