Friday Fun – Fill In The Blanks

This week for Friday Fun, I’m going to let you tell me the jokes for once! They better be at least, if not more, funny than mine. It’s “Calvin and Hobbes,” so really this should be a piece of cake. If it’s creative enough, I’ll post the one I like the most next week! This is a great exercise. Give it a shot if you have a few minutes, or are trying to warm-up for your next writing session.


How To Write Great Dialogue

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Great dialogue can make or break a movie. This is why I suggest replacing all dialogue with emojis, and having the actors improvise the scenes based off of those emojis. It would certainly make our jobs as writers easier!

I found a great article about writing better dialogue, and it uses “Manchester by the Sea” for all of it’s examples. There’s a lot more to writing great dialogue, but this is a very helpful article that points out most issues people have when writing it.

Here it is: StudioBinder: 6 Essential Screenwriting Tips for Writing Better Movie Dialogue

Alfred Gough and Miles Millar On Writing

This week we’re traveling into some cool territory, straight “Into the Badlands.” Action movies and shows are aplenty, but I haven’t seen a good martial arts story in a while. If you need your fix,  this is where you can get it. Every episode of this show has epic and amazing fight scenes that are every bit as good as they used to be on the big screen. This show is a dystopian story about a cold-blooded killer in a post-apocalyptic world. Part Western, part Asian, part futuristic. It’s the perfect recipe. If the first season doesn’t get you hooked the show evolves in an amazing way during season 2, so it’s worth sticking around.

Alfred Gough and Miles Millar are the creators of “Into the Badlands.” They’re otherwise well-known for having written “Smallville“, “The Shannara Chronicles,” and “Spider-Man 2.”

A few questions from the interview:

As the writers of Smallville, you really shaped the view of Superman as a character before the influx of superhero movies. How did you come to write martial arts films?”

How do you take a character like Sunny (Daniel Wu), who is a cold-blooded killer, and make him someone who is likeable after the first season?”

In a recent interview, Daniel Wu mentioned that the rain fight took about six days to shoot. What does something like that look like on paper? How much detail goes into writing a fight, or is that all up to the choreographer?”

Here’s the link to the interview: Creative Screenwriting – Into the Badlands: Blood-splattered Heroes and the One Degree of Jackie Chan

Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffer and Ben Karlin On Writing

Future Man” has to be one of my favorite shows of the past year, and I haven’t heard mention of it anywhere. I can’t believe I haven’t posted about this show yet, but it’s absolutely worth a watch. This Hulu Original is a crazy comedy about time travel, borrowing influences from classic movies like “Terminator” and “Back to the Future.” It’s very clever, and has the style of an R-rated comedy.

Kyle and Ariel are more well-known for having written “Sausage Party,” “The Night Before,” and “50/50.” Ben is more also wrote “50/50,” but is otherwise well-known for his work on “Modern Family” and “A.C.O.D.

A few questions from the interview:

How was it that Future Man became a television project?”

You and Ariel write adult comedy for the big screen so was it tough finding the right network that would allow you to write R-rated TV comedy?”

Now with any story that tackles time travel, there’s the potential black hole of paradoxical storytelling. With Josh jumping all through time, was that a concern or were you like, ‘Who cares!’?”


Creating Great Characters

Do all of your characters sound and act just like you? Or like robots? Neither would be a good sign for your screenplay. That’s why today’s post is about characters. If you’re having trouble with creating your characters, I’ve found a great article that will help you with 5 tips on how to write them better. I’m a strong believer in good characters. No matter what the story is, if you don’t have good characters, people won’t invest their time.

The five tips are:

  1. Make your character likable early on
  2. Build realistic and detailed characterization
  3. Let your character make the decisions for you
  4. Give your character compelling dialogue
  5. Think like an actor and give your character a point of view

This is a great article that has lots of good information. I hope you can enjoy and learn from it.

IndieWire – Screenwriting 101: 5 Tips for Writing Better Characters into Your Screenplay