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....
Complications Ensue

Complications Ensue

Whenever I get roped into reading contest finalists, one of the common problems with scripts is often that they are sketchy. They seem like the rough draft (and maybe they are) – the artist’s charcoal sketch before they break out the brushes and oils and...
David Boxerbaum on the Business of Screenwriting

David Boxerbaum on the Business of Screenwriting

For anyone with his ear to the industry ground, super-agent David Boxerbaum needs little introduction. After all, year after year his name is associated multiple times with big spec sales, most recently that of Matriarch, an elevated thriller from a first-time writer...
How to Write Great Dialogue

How to Write Great Dialogue

Whenever we think of great films, what we remember most is not the scenery nor the structure, but the dialogue. Dialogue is the “music” of movies. From, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn,” to “Go ahead, make my day.” From “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be...
Remembering Syd Field: 1935 – 2013

Remembering Syd Field: 1935 – 2013

Beverly Hills, CA—November 17, 2013—Syd Field, long considered by the global film community as “the guru of screenwriting,” died on Sunday, November 17 of hemolytic anemia at his home in Beverly Hills surrounded by his wife, family and friends. He was 77. As Final...