The Meg writers on meeting and dodging expectations of a summer blockbuster
But as more summer blockbusters get made, and as audiences get more savvy, writing a screenplay that will feel satisfying on screen becomes more difficult. Luckily, I was able to sit down with all three of The Meg’s writers to talk about the challenges of both meeting and subverting the audience’s expectations.
The Office Showrunner Reveals his ‘Golden Rule’ of Writing Comedy
“I was a student once,” says Forrester, “and I was desperate for knowledge about comedy writing and I could never find anything that was of much value. I have yet to find any textbook with usable insights into comedy writing which is a surprise because there is so much that can be conveyed. In any craft you take up you’re going to collect concrete insights and information about how to do it. I’m certainly that kind of person.”
Proceed with Caution: How to Avoid Becoming a Victim in Hollywood
One of the first things you learn as you become a writer is that there is an entire industry out there ready to take your money. A lot of these services are reputable and worth spending money on. A lot are not. Let’s go through some of the more common scams to avoid...
What Other Writers Can Mean to You
I remember when I started taking workshops I'd occasionally meet a writer who was terrified that other writers would steal their ideas. If you listened closely, you could tell that they actually viewed other writers as enemies. This is such a bad attitude to have, for many reasons. Obviously, I can’t tell you that no writer has ever stolen an idea; I can tell you that other writers are the least likely people in Hollywood to steal your ideas and the most likely to be outraged if that happens. More importantly, other writers can help you at almost every stage of your career. The benefits of having strong ties to other writers far out way the risks.
Whitney explores the demons behind Houston’s angelic voice
The new documentary Whitney, about the life and death of Whitney Houston drops numerous bombshells about the singer’s troubled life and family. Oscar-winning Scottish director Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland) takes the audience on an emotional rollercoaster in this honest, raw, sometimes incredibly frustrating film that is a must-see for every Whitney Houston fan. I sat down with Macdonald to explore the details behind telling this powerful story.
Do You Overwrite? Here’s How to Stop.
One of the biggest mistakes screenwriters can make is overwriting their screenplay. Unless you’re Aaron Sorkin, whose screenplay for The Social Network was a whopping 164 pages with scenes lasting eight pages, you need to keep the dialogue, scene descriptions and page count as short and tight as possible. It’s worth repeating that film is a visual form of storytelling and we want to support the images with our screenplay, not the other way around. Here are a few guidelines to keep you from writing too much.