The Art of Dramatic Writing

Lajos Egri (1888-1967) wrote The Art of Dramatic Writing back in the 40’s. The book is not about writing film but theatre. Still, it’s considered chronologically as the first “how to“ work ever made about screenwriting -even if the author didn’t know. Many concepts in this book will be an eye-opener for aspiring scriptwriters that read about the subject…

Adventures in the Screen Trade

William Goldman is one of the best screenwriters Hollywood has seen. He is the author of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (an original script that won him his first Oscar), “All The President’s Men” (maybe the most difficult adaptation ever made in Hollywood, it won him Oscar number two), “Marathon Man” (excellent script on…

Save the baby!

“Poor, poor three-act structure. So much to offer. So misunderstood”. Jennine Lanouette‘s article Save the baby!  is a first-class, badly needed statement on screenwriting.  It deals with the mental process of writing, the structure as a freeing tool and, the light and dark sides of the Save the Cat and the Hero Journey’s schools of thought. It…

Save the Movie!

Is Blake Snyder‘s Save the Cat to blame for the mediocrity of many Hollywood films? Known script blogger Erik Bork doesn’t think so. No wonder in the cloud tag of his blog Snyder’s name comes out so big.  But Peter Suderman seems to agree in his very interesting article Save the Movie on Slate.com! It’s a fantastic read,…

Blake Snyder to blame?

Peter Suderman in his article Save the Movie  on Slate.com blames Blake Snyder’s Save The Cat for the mediocrity of today’s Hollywood films! It’s a fantastic read, with a very clever, revealing twist at the end. Now, Stephanie Palmer from Goodinaroom strikes back in “Blake Snyder And The Real Reason Hollywood Makes Bad Movies”. “Movies are bad because…