Billy Wilder: A Role Model For Screenwriters

Billy Wilder: A Role Model For Screenwriters

In my opinion, the greatest success story in screenwriting belongs to Billy Wilder. The Austrian-born Wilder was a Jewish scribe in the prewar German film industry. When Hitler and the Nazi regime began their rise of power, Wilder, who was very street-smart and...
Writing Three-Dimensional Villains

Writing Three-Dimensional Villains

Actor Ben Mendelsohn has been getting his share of acclaim for his portrayal of Rogue One’s main villain: Imperial Officer Orson Krennic. No doubt, it’s a wonderful performance, but credit should also be given to the writers for creating a three-dimensional villain...
Write a Role a Movie Star Wants to Play

Write a Role a Movie Star Wants to Play

This might sound obvious enough, but many novice writers make the mistake of writing a spec script that’s not easily attachable. They write a script that doesn’t have a clear-cut lead or the lead character isn’t appealing to an actor. Although not impossible, it’s...
Five Overused Comedy Bits to Avoid

Five Overused Comedy Bits to Avoid

Naturally when writing a comedy, the writer will want to lampoon certain trends in our culture. The best satire is always a commentary of the times. That being said, the shelf life of a fresh joke isn’t particularly long. What might seem funny to you now might be...