Despicable Me 3 Writers on Pitching: “They Can Smell Your Desperation”
Every Tom, Dick and Mary in Hollywood has a screenplay. But very few writers can get one made, let alone be a critical and box office success. Even fewer writers can write two successful sequels and build a franchise. Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio are part of that elite group.
Writing team Paul and Daurio didn’t meet in film school or at a ...
5 Conflict Management Tips for Screenwriters
Most screenwriters prefer to keep the drama in their scripts. Occasionally, when working with agents, managers, development people, producers, directors and actors conflict will arise. How you deal with conflict is a huge issue and most of us spend a great deal of time trying to get good at it. Here are five ideas to put in your back pocket should the need arise.
How to collaborate using Final Draft 10
The newest thing in screenwriting software is collaboration. That means you can write a few lines of dialog or a quick little scene and your writing partner can watch you and even join in. Doesn’t matter if you’re in the same city or on the other side of the country, this technology makes it easier than ever to collaborate – a fundamental in the film industry.
Writing partners Josie McGibbon and Sara Parriott on DESCENDANTS
Thirty years after starting their career as writing partners in Hollywood, Josie McGibbon and Sara Parriott are still making waves. Their latest feature is the Disney Channel Original Movie, Descendants.
What happens when the Disney villains have kids and then those kids go to high school with the Disney heroes? A big mess of fun and ...
Writing partners John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein on VACATION
“Get in the car kids, or perhaps you don’t want to see the second largest ball of twine on the face of the earth which is only four short hours away…” says Chevy Chase playing Clark W. Griswold in the classic 1983 romp-com National Lampoon’s Vacation.
It’s 32 years later, and we’re finally getting another look at what is ...
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski on BIG EYES
They wrote The People Vs. Larry Flint, Ed Wood and Agent Cody Banks, among many others. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski have been writing partners for more than two decades, and their specialty is biopics. Their process involves extensive research and brainstorming. They pore over the material in great detail and search for the quirkiest, ...
BIRDMAN Writers Thought No One Would “Get It”
Write a script that takes place in one shot staring Michael Keaton as a burnt out action hero? It sounded just crazy enough to work said the writers of Birdman, the indie sensation that’s sweeping the art house theater scene and bringing the Oscar buzz to its contributors.
With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 94% and a general thumbs up through word ...