Best Screenwriting Books: McKee’s STORY (1)

I’ve attended Robert McKee‘s seminars at least 4 times (if memory serves me) and I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly on every occasion. I was always there with a project under my arm, confronting his ideas with mine, using McKee’s wisdom as […]

Best Screenwriting Books: Field’s SCREENPLAY

‘I don’t even really understand the second act,’ a filmmaker said to me just last week. He obviously hadn’t read Syd Field’s Screenplay, which is nothing if not about act structure: the first, second and third acts, but also the inciting […]

Screenwriting Tech

Screenwriting tech can be a very annoying thing. Is it really useful? Is it worth the money? Or maybe it’s just about sitting and writing? It’s up to you. Below you have all the info you may need about screenwriting […]

Screenwriting Lessons from Stephen King

Top horror writer Stephen King knows a few tricks in the trade. Let’s take advantage of him and benefit from his experience by reading 17 Must Read Screenwriting Lessons From Stephen King. Two samples here:   About Pacing And Killing Darlings […]

For screenwriters: How to Define Characters

(according to Arthur Miller, Henry James, Robert McKee, and Aaron Sorkin) In fiction, characters are not what they say but what they do. Action defines character. Some even say that action = character. Let’s check first what a couple of […]

Film Director Richard Donner: In Loving Memory

A few weeks before this post has been written, on July 5th, 2021, Richard “Dick” Donner passed away. He had been the director behind very relevant titles like The Omen (1976), Superman (1978), Ladyhawke (1985), the Lethal Weapon series (1987, […]

Top Screenwriter Scott Frank: “I Hate Writing”

Wikipedia states that A. Scott Frank (born March 10, 1960) is an American screenwriter, film director, and author. Known as “one of the most reliable and highly-paid screenwriters in the business”, Frank received two Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for Out […]

Mad as Hell: Discovering Paddy Chayefsky

Prepare Yourself For A Perfectly Outrageous Motion Picture. Paddy Chayefsky. It’s highly probable that you are not familiar with the name. But let me tell you, he was quite a filmmaker. A hell of a writer. During the 50s, 60s, and […]

Monty Python on Monty Python, Part II: Life of Brian

Bob McCabe wrote the book The Pythons’ Autobiography By The Pythons about the behind-the-curtains side of Monty Python‘s artistic life. Here we told about the making of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Now it’s the turn of Monty Python’s […]