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This Is What Every Aspiring Screenwriter Should Learn From Steven Spielberg and 'Bridge of Spies' Screenwriter Matt Charman

Quora | Posted 01.28.2016 | Entertainment
Quora

Sitting opposite Steven Spielberg, while he turns the pages of your script and talks about each scene as he goes, is about the best film school you can get. I learnt so much that it's hard to boil it down, but here's one thing: he wanted me to embrace complexity and the grey areas in characters.

7 Essential Ingredients to Writing a Successful Holiday Movie

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.25.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Audiences, each and every year, and even for those that don't celebrate the Christmas holiday, sit down with their friends and family to watch movies they've seen over and over and over again. So what is it about these movies that make people come back for more?

The Ultimate Guide to Buying Gifts for Screenwriters

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.24.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

What is the perfect present for that dear person you know that just happens to be a screenwriter?

Screenwriting Wisdom From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.10.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

Choosing the Right Screenwriting Path for You

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.06.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

7 Things to Do Before You Submit Your Screenplay to Anyone

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.04.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

One-On-One With Academy Award-Winning Screenwriter of 'Brokeback Mountain' Diana Ossana

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.02.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Ossana, of Italian/Irish descent, was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, majoring in English/Political Science, and is the author of several short stories and numerous essays.

Trumbo

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.02.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents) uses a dialouge-heavy script by John McNamara (Prime Suspect), that's based on the book Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Cook, as a blue print.

8 Ways Horror Movies Scare the S*** Out of Audiences

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.30.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

23 Reasons Why a Screenwriter's Script Is Rejected

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.27.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

How Do Screenwriters Hook a Studio Reader and Audience?

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.24.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

In all of my years in screenwriting, the one constant has been the concept of The Hook. Any and every screenwriter has heard the term. It's been in nearly every screenwriting book, seminar, workshop, etc. You have to hook the audience.

How to Actually Make a Successful Short Film (Without Film Festivals or "Going Viral")

Dean Silvers | Posted 10.21.2015 | Entertainment
Dean Silvers

Years from now, are you going to think about that internet video that got a million views your friend sent you, or that film that changed your life?

Storytelling Master Robert McKee Discusses Story, Writing Philosophy and Screenwriting

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.23.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Robert McKee occupies a unique position in modern storytelling. His teachings have spread beyond the screen to influence all media.

How Much Do Screenwriters Really Make?

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.16.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

It's often a strong misconception that most screenwriters sell screenplays for millions of dollars.

7 Ways to Master the Art of the Script Rewrite

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.16.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

The rewrite. While we'd love to believe that our first drafts are perfect and ready to be shopped, packaged, and produced, nothing could be further from the truth.

5 Lessons Die Hard Can Teach Us About Storytelling

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.13.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

15 Must-Read Lessons Albert Einstein Can Teach Screenwriters

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.11.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Because of his brilliance, many sought his outlook and perspective on a number of different topics beyond science. Below we take many of his most famous inspiring quotes and apply them to the art, craft, and business of screenwriting, for wisdom has no bounds.

Why Do So Many Chase the "Impossible" Screenwriting Dream?

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

It's common knowledge that screenwriting is a seemingly impossible career venture for a majority that attempt it, yet thousands upon thousands of people each year are writing screenplays in hopes of attaining that ultimate dream of becoming a professional screenwriter.

35 Powerful Quotes From Women in Hollywood

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.09.2015 | Women
ScreenCraft

The following are thoughts, tips, warnings and encouragement -- in no particular order -- from some kick ass women in the film and television industry. Only nine women have won Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars -- EVER.

7 Studio Jobs That Can Get Screenwriters Closer to Their Dreams

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Each of these jobs create different levels of opportunity for networking and experience. And with each of them comes great responsibility as far as being careful to choose opportunities wisely.

Profiling the 15 Types of Movie Villains

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Before we get into the logistics of what makes a villain a villain, what drives them, and what types of villains fit best into any given genre or story, we must first define the word and differentiate it from another classic cinematic term -- "antagonist."

The Ten Commandments of Writing a Great Sequel

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Audiences love sequels, and thus, so do studios. They love something familiar. It gives them insurance for the multitude of money being spent at the theater on any given family or date outing.

Top 15 Most Iconic Movie Moments That Weren't in the Script

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.15.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Right before Han Solo is encased in carbonite, Leia says, "I love you." Han Solo's scripted reply was "I love you, too," but after numerous takes, Harrison Ford and director Irvin Kirschner felt the line just wasn't working.

The Ultimate Guide to Hollywood Meeting Terminology

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Development and acquisition talk can be another language to some. Below we will cover some of the most common terms that screenwriters may come across.

17 Screenwriting Lessons From Stephen King

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Stephen King's On Writing is one of the best writing resources that any writer can get their hands on -- even screenwriters. Yes, King's wise words are written primarily in reference to writing literature, however, many of his now famous quotes from the book can be easily applied to screenwriting.