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screenwriting  // Posts tagged as "screenwriting"

Jun 01 2009 Posted by in entertainment, humor | 2 comments

Trite Tropes

Cinema is a language with its own conventions. The audience must be familiar with certain patterns, even unconsciously, for the transfer of visuals to register properly. Establishing a scene with a wide shot to get our bearings, not crossing the 180-degree axis, keeping the flow of action moving in a single screen direction – folks […]


Jul 05 2008 Posted by in entertainment, music, writing | 1 comment

Fairy Dust Between the Sprockets

Having just been reduced to a wide-eyed nine-year-old all over again by witnessing E.T.: The Extraterrestrial in its high definition glory, and awing at the recent digital majesty of Wall•e, it brought to mind the question: what makes for magical cinema? What are the ingredients of timelessness? What’s the big diff between The Incredibles and […]


Mar 12 2008 Posted by in writing | 3 comments


. . . looking to maybe crank something out over the summer. Not talking the columned A/V stuff for commercials, but what’s the best software to write feature screenplays in? One that catches sentence-ending prepositions? I kid; I kid. Honestly, I don’t know, because I haven’t tried that many, but I can share what works […]


Oct 13 2007 Posted by in writing | 4 comments


She stole a piece of him. Now he wants it back. That’s the tagline to what is now my least-favorite movie, based on one of my all-time favorite novels. When you understand that the woman who “wrote” and directed it thieved it literally scene-for-scene from a man’s ten-years-published novel, you’ll appreciate its irony. I wonder […]


May 21 2007 Posted by in writing | 2 comments

Book Learnin vs. Dirty Hands

I would love to hear, from your point of view, whether a fine arts degree worth its pursuit. Our province has many opportunities for folks in the creative community to work in the industry — both amateur and professional — and I am beginning to hear from people who work in the field that hands-on […]


Jan 19 2007 Posted by in writing | 2 comments

Going on Location

Talking writing here. Location is not simply what “frames the picture.” As the scribe of your story, if you consider yourself its cinematographer or cameraman and the reader as projectionist, then location is your film stock. (Yeah, so it’s also your art department, but let’s stick to one analogy for now.) It provides the context […]


Dec 07 2006 Posted by in entertainment, humor | Comments Off on Movies I’d Pay to See

Movies I’d Pay to See

In high-concept Hollywood, idea is king. The single-sentence pitch. Here are a few of my aborted attempts at “star vehicles” for celebrities who could use a career-energizing role. Normally I don’t like to just give away my golden tickets for free, but I trust you people. As Tom Cruise’s detective character nears retirement, he must […]


Dec 03 2006 Posted by in writing | Comments Off on Literary Ventriloquism

Literary Ventriloquism

so what’s your take on how to write good, engaging, and realistic dialogue? i’ve heard some writers say that you should never use “he saids” and “she saids”. other writers say you HAVE to identify who’s talking at least every sixth line. some say you shouldn’t even use quotation marks, because they just get in […]


Sep 25 2006 Posted by in writing | Comments Off on Theme vs. Plot

Theme vs. Plot

I haven’t really written anything yet because I’m struggling to come up with a theme for [the book]. Also, would you agree that all the stories have already been told before? Yes, there’s really nothing new under the sun from a high-concept standpoint. Look at how many times the Pride & Prejudice tale has been […]