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Some great insights here for those struggling to get their big chunk of paper into two sentences!
WRITING LOGLINES THAT SELL By Jonathan Treisman
I WROTE A 120 PAGE SCRIPT BUT CAN’T WRITE A LOGLINE By Christopher Lockhart
TIPS ON LOGLINES - Inktip guide
PREPARATION & PITCHING
Because you should never just dive in! That way insanity lies…
ONE PAGE PITCHES by Me
THE NEW SCREENWRITING 10 COMMANDMENTS by Screenwriting U
ONE PAGE OUTLINES by Michelle Lipton
12 PT FREE ARTICLE: WRITING AN OUTLINE by Phil Parker
BASIC SCREENWRITING FORMAT - Film School Online
ROBIN’S FANTASTIC SERIES ON WRITING A SCRIPT FOR RED PLANET From Writing For Performance
MOST COMMON SCREENWRITING ERRORS By Charles Deemer
Flashback, Montage, V.O, Clarity and more…
NARRATIVE CLARITY by Danny Stack
LOCATIONS AND ARENA by Mystery Man On Film
FORMATTING A MONTAGE SEQUENCE By John August
FRAMING STORIES By Fun Joel
THE FIRST TEN PAGES
The most important pages of your script: the difference between getting a full read or not!
THE TEN PAGE TEST by Me
THE FIRST TEN PAGES by Danny Stack
THE FIRST TEN PAGES from the BBC Writersroom
MAKE THE FIRST TEN PAGES OF YOUR SCRIPT COUNT by Marla White
THE BEGINNING OF A SCREENPLAY From Write For Stage & Screen
FORMAT & SCENE DESCRIPTION
Because good format & non-prescriptive scene description is STILL missing from the spec pile
16 STEPS TO BETTER SCENE DESCRIPTION By Bill Martell
FORMAT by Hayley at Script Angel
FORMAT ONE STOP SHOP by Me
DOES YOUR SCRIPT SMELL? By Bill Martell
SCENE DESCRIPTION, Unknown Author
Whether you’re re-investigating the form and want to see what others reccommend or all this structure malarkey is Greek to you, here are some great pointers.
WHY YOU SHOULD LOOK TO YOUR SCENES AS WELL AS OVERALL STRUCTURE by Michelle Goode
THE STRUCTURAL MONOMYTH By The Unknown Screenwriter
PLANTS & PAY OFFS by Jared Kelly
SCREENPLAY STRUCTURE – A QUICK REFERENCE By Barry Pearson
HOW TO SCRIPTWRITE, PARTS 1 TO 5 By Andrew Lowes
WRITING ACT ONE OF YOUR SCREENPLAY (From “Screenwriting For Dummies”)
WHAT IS THE THREE ACT STRUCTURE? By Stephen J. Cannell
THE MYTH OF THE THREE ACT STRUCTURE by Crafty Screenwriting
Because audiences don’t always remember plots, but they DO remember good characters
12 PT FREE ARTICLE: THE ROLE OF THE ANTAGONIST By John Brice
ANOTHER CHARACTER QUESTIONNAIRE - this time from The Script Lab
CHARACTER INTRODUCTION by John August
CREATING CHARACTERS By Sam North
HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? Part 1 by moi
HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? Part 2 by moi
SURPRISING CHARACTERISATION by Danny Stack
Dialogue… Probably the thing people seem to obsess over the most! Some good tips here for avoiding “on-the-nose” exchanges in particular.
HOW TO AVOID EXPOSITIONAL DIALOGUE by Michelle Goode
TOP TEN TIPS FOR WRITING BETTER DIALOGUE By Ginnie Weihardt
WRITING EXERCISES: DIALOGUE By Stephen J Cannell
TWELVE EXERCISES FOR IMPROVING DIALOGUE By The Writers’ Resource Center
WRITE BETTER DIALOGUE by The Thinking Writer
Because knowing what *type* of film you’re writing is as important as the rest of it!!
Genre Or Die Series – by Me:
KILLING THE HERO: THRILLER by Robin Kelly
MAMET’S MEMO: DRAMA VS COMEDY by Nathaniel Tapley
TELEVISION SCRIPTS & SERIES BIBLES
WRITING SERIES BIBLES (WITH DOWNLOADABLE CELTX FILE) by Mike Jones TV
HOW TO WRITE A TELEVISION SCRIPT from Mahalo (with a great list of resources)
12 PT FREE ARTICLE: WRITING DRAMA FOR THE MULTI-PLATFORM AGE. By Richard Bevan
WRITING TV DRAMA TIPS by the BBC Writersroom
SITCOMS by Me
LIST OF TV SCRIPTS & BIBLES, UK & US - By Lee Thomson
BIBLE BASHING: TV SERIES BIBLES by Danny Stack
THE WRITER IN MODERN TV (PDF), Transcript from BFI Jun 14th 2010 by Michelle Lipton
WRITING FOR RADIO
WRITING FOR RADIO 4 – FROM IDEA TO DECISION - By Michelle Lipton. Fantastic post! Really worth a read.
TIPS ON WRITING FOR RADIO by Anne Burnett
PRINCIPLES OF WRITING RADIO DRAMA by Tim Crooks
THE REALITIES OF SCRIPT READING
Why has your masterpiece been returned unread? Find out why, here…
SO YOU WANT TO BE A SCRIPT READER? By Gideon’s Way
READER PET PEEVES by Scott The Reader
CONFESSIONS OF A GENIUS SCRIPT READER By Allan Mcavoy
CONFESSIONS OF A SLUSH PILE READER By Patricia Chui
DAY TWO IN THE LIFE OF A HOLLYWOOD SCRIPT READER by Tiffany Stone
IMAGINARY NOTES FOR FAWLTY TOWERS From That’s The Bitterness Speaking Blog
SCREENWRITING CINDERELLAS By Ellin Stein
Resources that will help you write, make films or understand how the industry works
FREE, COMPETE ONLINE SCREENWRITING COURSE by University College, Falmouth
GETTING TO WHERE YOU WANT TO BE - Free PDF download, plus others on goal setting, planning, etc.
SCREENPLAY TIPS - Free e-book on Montages, Reversals, Feedback, Rejection and more
BANG2WRITERS - Facebook group of writers and filmmakers for chat, links & opportunities
THE FEEDBACK EXCHANGE - directory of Bang2writers looking to do peer review – add your name!
SHORT FILMS CLUB - directory of Bang2writers looking to collaborate on short films – add your name!
FIND THE OPEN DOOR… AND STEP THROUGH IT by Screenwriting U
ADRIAN MEAD’S SCREENWRITER’S CAREER GUIDE - being positive, opportunities, motivation & more
HOW DOES SHIT MAKE IT TO SCREEN? A look at crap movies.
TOP TEN UNPRODUCED MOVIES Even being successful doesn’t mean all your specs get made!
INTERVIEW – ON SCREENWRITING FOR INDIE FILMMAKERSfrom Script For Sale
GLOSSARY OF CINEMATIC TERMS From Film Site
GLADIATOR FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN (PDF) By Jonathan Blackwell
HOW TO WRITE A SCREENPLAY by eHow
12 PT FREE ARTICLE: SHOULD SCRIPTWRITERS WRITE NOVELS AS WELL? By Julian Friedmann
HOW TO HUSTLE by Michelle Lipton
SHOULD YOU OR SHOULDN’T YOU WORK FOR FREE? By Michelle Goode
JAMES MORAN’S BIG WRITING FAQ - All you need to know from a veteran TV writer, all rounded up in one enormous post!
For when you feel it’s not worth being a writer or when you don’t know what to do next !
DON’T WAIT TO BE PICKED. PICK YOURSELF By Seth Godin
IVORY TOWER By Phill Barron
CONFIDENCE AND ATTITUDE by Danny Stack
GOING BACK TO PAGE 1 by Me
ARE WE THERE YET? By Me