Five Things Screenwriters Can Learn From “IT”

Five Things Screenwriters Can Learn From “IT”

Based on Stephen King’s classic bestseller, IT has broken numerous box-office records and has been praised by critics and fans; many of which have cited the film as one of the best movie adaptations of a King novel. Written by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary...
Using Your Influences

Using Your Influences

When trying to develop your voice as a screenwriter and perfect your craft, don’t be afraid to use your influences. One shouldn’t attempt to write a script without reading a few screenplays first. Thanks to the Internet, this isn’t a particularly hard task; most...
Live Reads Benefit Screenwriters

Live Reads Benefit Screenwriters

It’s not a pivotal scene. Just a bit of comic relief in an otherwise appropriately grim zombie movie set in the Middle Ages. “AAAAaaahhh. You wound me,” a knight says after being struck with a boy’s wooden sword. “Mortally so. I’ve been bested by moppets.” The actor...
Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice

When writing a screenplay, don’t underestimate your voice as a writer. My first spec script, which broke me into the business, was not a typical screenplay by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, it was a dark, sloppy mess of a script. It had a few crucial things,...