Editing Your Script

This week we’ll be talking about editing you’re your script. At this point in the process your story should be solid. You may make a few minor changes, but you should feel like the order of events is set in place, all the characters are there, and really nothing major will be changing once you start the edit. This is where you start to put the final touches. You’ll fix spelling errors, replace more interesting words with less interesting ones, etc. It’s largely a cosmetic thing.

Here’s an awesome article about the process of editing you scripts: Go Into The Story – How I Write A Script, Part 10: Editing

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Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick On Writing

It seems to me that writer duos are far more popular than ever, especially in the comic book movies. This week, let me introduce you to Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the writers of “Deadpool 2.” They’re most well-known for having written “Zombieland,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” and “Life.” If you haven’t seen “Deadpool 2” yet, it’s one of the funniest movies of the year. Definitely worth checking out while it’s in theaters.

A few quotes from the interview:

I know you guys were on set for the first Deadpool. You were on set for the sequel, and is it common for writers to be on set?

The budget for Deadpool 2 is much bigger than the original. Was it difficult to scale up to that?”

Deadpool’s kind of the master of that brand of “pull my finger” comedy. How do you know the line between a great joke and maybe one that’s just too juvenile?”

You can check out the full interview here: Esquire: The Deadpool 2 Writers Didn’t Care if 14-Year-Olds Don’t Know Who Bob Ross Is

Rewriting Your Script

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I just watched “Midnight in Paris,” and the timing couldn’t have been better for this article. It’s one of my favorite movies. This clip is pretty hilarious, but also Hemingway is full of wonderful advice in the film.

Today, we talk about rewriting. Hopefully you’ve pumped out a full first draft since I posted the last article, and you’re fully ready to start rewriting… Oh, it’s only been two weeks you say? Okay, finish that first draft, but keep in mind that the first draft will not and should not be a masterpiece by any means. If you are “brave and true, and look death squarely in the face,” you will finish it.

When you’re ready, or if you want to take a sneak peak, here’s a great article about rewriting you script: Go Into The Story – How I Write A Script, Part 9: Rewriting

This article goes over some great advice, including story structure, logic problems, lack of focus, episodic issues, emotion, etc. Enjoy. It’s a good read.

Bryan Woods and Scott Beck On Writing

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Horror movies have been really good lately… like REALLY good. Well we’ve got one more great Horror movie to add to the list here, “A Quiet Place.” It was written by two guys who used to make home movies growing up, just because it was fun, Bryan Woods and Scott Beck.

Bryan and Scott are most well known for having written “Nightlight” and “Spread.” This is definitely the biggest movie they’ve made together. I liked this interview, because it asked some different questions than I’ll typically see. A lot of interviews I find are a bit more general and have a few hidden gems of good writing advice. This one is all about the writing, so dive in and enjoy your time here.

A few questions from the interview:

“My first question to both of you is; when did you first know you wanted to be storytellers?”

“What in, your estimation, makes a good story and a story worth telling?”

“So, how difficult was that to kind of come up with, put together, and come up with an ending that you felt was satisfying?”

“What do you tell young aspiring filmmakers and writers?”

And here’s a link to the full interview: ScriptMag: Screenwriters Scott Beck and Bryan Woods Discuss A Quiet Place, Writing Process and So Much More

Zak Penn On Writing

We missed this one during the Oscar series, but there’s no way I would let it slip by. This is one of my favorite movies of the year, and if you haven’t seen it you might still be able to catch it in theaters. Directed by Steven Spielberg, and written by Zak Penn, “Ready Player One” is truly a special movie. Not only does it have a great story, but the amount of references the film makes to pop culture over the past 40 years (maybe more) is stunning. I’m a big lover of sci-fi, and if you want to see what the future of virtual reality could hold this is a wonderful way to find an understanding.

Zak Penn wrote this adapted film based off of the novel, which was written by Ernest Cline. He’s also well known for having written “X-Men 2,” “The Incredible Hulk,” and “The Avengers.” He’s definitely one of Marvel’s go to guys.

Here are some questions from the interview:

When you saw the work that Ernest had done, you knew you had to adapt it to the screen. What immediately was some of the challenges that you knew you were going to face?”

I feel like there’s been a trend, especially with The Hobbit films, that it was one book that they stretched out into three movies. Was that ever on the table to do this?”

Now was there ever a scene in the book where you yourself really were like I really want this in here, whether logistically or whatever, just didn’t quite make it for time.”

This is a wonderful interview if you want to gain a good understanding of some of why it’s necessary to make changes when transitioning from a novel to the big screen, and how that can benefit the movie if done right.

You can find the full interview here: Screen Rant – Zak Penn Interview: Ready Player One