Screenwriting 101: A Step by Step Guide to Achieving the Impossible – Step 5, by Christopher Riley

Sit down at your keyboard and tackle the script steadily, day by day, knocking down one beat after another. Part of ongoing series: Screenwriting 101: Why Story Structure Matters, Even If You Don’t Want It To Step 5: Writing the first draft by Christopher Riley Before you’ve completed steps one through four, you may feel an almost …

Screenwriting 101: A Step by Step Guide to Achieving the Impossible – Step 4, by Christopher Riley

Like painting a house, the prep work is often more important than the paint itself by Christopher Riley Part of ongoing series: Screenwriting 101: Why Story Structure Matters, Even If You Don’t Want It To Step 4: Develop The One Now that you’ve chosen the one — the one movie that you are going to write (step 3), …

Screenwriting 101: A Step by Step Guide to Achieving the Impossible – Steps 1-3, by Christopher Riley

The good news: there is a process to finishing your screenplay. The bad news: the process doesn’t make chewing the shoe any easier. by Christopher Riley Part 2 in series: Screenwriting 101: Why Story Structure Matters, Even If You Don’t Want It To Steps 1-3:  From Infinite Ideas to Choosing the One Back in the late …

Why Too Many “Christian” Movies Suck, and Why It Matters, by Brennan Mark Smith

Part of ongoing series: The Future of Faith-Based Filmmaking Many Christians see these movies as a safe alternative to Hollywood’s immorality. Are they?  by Brennan Mark Smith People have asked me to write on this for various reasons, but let me say at the outset: my goal is not to mock anyone’s creative endeavors, but to …

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Ashley Arielle studied screenwriting at a college you’ve never heard of, has attended several writing programs of equally vague importance and has blithely put aside any attempt at snobbery, fully embracing her love of the summer tent pole action flick. Her short “Foolproof“ won the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 10-10-10 Competition. She’s taught workshops on …

What Will Survive of Us Is Love: Helen Dunmore’s 9 Rules of Writing, by Maria Popova

“A problem with a piece of writing often clarifies itself if you go for a long walk.”                                                     – Helen Dunmore by Maria Popova Inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published …