Hiding Plot Points

Hiding Plot Points

Billy Wilder was nominated for the Best Screenplay Oscar® eight times and won the award three times. He was a top screenwriter in his native home of Germany until he fled to the United States after the Nazi’s came to power … and ended up sleeping on Peter...
Script Secrets: I’ve Seen That Before | Part II

Script Secrets: I’ve Seen That Before | Part II

Yes, it’s a sequel. After MAD MAX (1979) and ROAD WARRIOR (1981) and BEYOND THUNDERDOME (1985) we had to wait 30 years and a couple of BABE movies for 70 year old George Miller to give us the fourth film in the Mad Max series, FURY ROAD… which some claim is just...
Script Secrets: I’ve Seen That Before | Part I

Script Secrets: I’ve Seen That Before | Part I

Imagine eating a McDonald’s Big Mac for every meal for the rest of your life. Aside from whatever health problems this might cause, how long would it be until you got bored of the food and stopped tasting it? You eat one Big Mac, you have eaten them all… they...
Brave New Worlds

Brave New Worlds

You all know the trailer voice over cliché “In a world … ” which was kind of the trademark of the late Don Lafontaine, who even used it in a couple of trailers for movies I wrote. There’s even a great little indie film by Lake Bell called In A World about the...
Myth of the Likeable Lead

Myth of the Likeable Lead

The one note you always get from producers is that your lead character – your protagonist – needs to be likeable. I swear, it’s as if it’s on the checklist. You have your first meeting on the script and they insist you make the protagonist more likeable....