Tips On Writing Your Screenplay With A Writing Partner

6B8040F3-10CB-4815-A5E6-3B17CE98E089If you’re a writer, and aren’t doing it professionally yet, it’s time to understand that film and television are highly collaborative. I’ve done posts explaining that you have to give away your baby at some point, but never explored what it’s like to partner up with another writer. This is huge, and very important. There are many things that can go wrong in teaming up, but your screenplays can also end up better than ever in a collaboration. There are trade offs, but the point is that you can create something better with multiple minds on the job.

A few things this wonderful article goes over:

  • Choosing the right partner:
    • Someone who is honest.
    • Someone who does their share of work, and on time.
    • You can write faster as a team.
    • And more!

Check out the full article, written by Laurie Donahue at Movie Maker: Secrets of Successful Screenwriting Teams: How to Avoid Bloodshed When Writing a Script With a Partner

Mark Perez On Writing

I haven’t been out to the movies all that much this summer. I think the summer started off really strong, but I haven’t been driven to see anything since Mission Impossible. That being said, where have all the great summer movies been? Seems like all of August was a dud. Fall is coming, and I think some new and exciting releases are coming our way. For now, we’re going to do a throwback to my favorite comedy of the year, Game Nightand the man who wrote it, Mark Perez.

Mark Perez is otherwise well-known for having written Accepted,  Herbie: Fully Loaded and Back NineToday’s interview gives some great insights on what it’s like having to release your script into the wild, and what it’s like having it rewritten by other writers. There’s also some great bits about how long a screenplay can sit on the shelf before it’s actually turned into a movie. The interview was conducted by Edward Douglas over at The Tracking BoardThere are some particularly good insights on writing film in this interview.

Here’s a few questions:

How did Game Night come about? Was it always called Game Night?”

How long ago did you come up with the idea and sell it to New Line?”

Obviously, Jonathan and John Francis Daley are writers themselves, so once they get involved in the project, are you still involved, working with them or the actors, or do they take your script and go off on their own?”

And here’s the full interview:

“GAME NIGHT” SCREENWRITER MARK PEREZ ON HOW THE HIGH-CONCEPT COMEDY CAME TO BE

Writing Comedy Gold

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How do you write a good comedy? Don’t try! Just get someone else to write it for you!

Okay, you want to actually do it for yourself, and learn and grow as a person? I’ve got some great news for you. I’m providing an article based off of The Hangover that will give you some great tips on how to do just that.

Writing a good comedy is actually much easier than you think once you know the rules. A few tips from this great article by H. R. D’Costa over at Scribe Meets World :

  • Employ reversals
  • Create a big build up
  • The importance of locations
  • and more!

Make sure to check out this wonderful article: How to Write a Comedy Script: Screenwriting Tips from The Hangover

Loren Bouchard On Writing

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Bob’s Burgers is one of the funniest shows on TV. Although, I didn’t think it was all that funny when I first started watching it. I heard people rant and rave, so I watched a few episodes and then gave up on it… twice. People say the third time’s a charm for a reason, right? Well it was for me. Once I got to a certain point in the show the characters grew on me, the situations they got into made me laugh out loud every episode, and it seems to be a show that gets better and better over time. It really did sneak up on me. I’m going to do you a favor, and tell you to give it a real shot the first time through.

I couldn’t find a single good trailer of this show, so I think the best way to show it off is with a few funny moments! Enjoy!

Loren Bouchard, the creator of the show, is also known for having written Lucy: The Daughter of the DevilDr. Katz, Professional Therapistand Home Movies.

I found a great interview of the about the show, conducted by Lucy Bourton over at It’s Nice That. If your a fan of animated shows, or comedies, the questions are very enlightening.

Here’s a few questions from the interview:

“What were your initial ideas for Bob’s Burgers?”

“Each of the characters in Bob’s Burgers were written with specific actors in mind, how was that decided?”

“There is a large writing team working on the show, how does that work?”

Here’s the full interview:

Between the buns: an interview with Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard

Michael Schur On Writing

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If Michael Schur looks familiar to you, it’s because he’s not just the creator of the hilarious show, The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Parks and Rec. He’s also Mose in The Office… Dwight Schrute’s strange and beloved little brother.

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If you haven’t heard of The Good Place, here’s a trailer for you:

I found a wonderful interview about the show, conducted by Anna Mazarakis and Nicholas Carlson at Insider. It’s all about what went into the creation of it. It’s one of my favorite comedies currently airing, so please check it out. Don’t do it for me. Do it for you.

Here’s a few questions from the interview:

How was the show pitched?

“So when Parks and Rec came out and when The Office came out, both of those shows had not great reviews first year and then changes were made and good reviews came after and they obviously went on the long, glorious runs. Brooklyn Nine-Nine came out and had great reviews right away. The Good Place had good reviews, also. But I am curious, though; it’s been a season now. What did you learn about the show that took you took into this next season that’s coming up?”

How are television comedies changing?

And here’s the full interview, which can also be listened to:

***WARNING: THERE ARE SOME SPOILERS IN HERE***

Insider: ‘The Good Place’ creator talks morality and his unique concept of the afterlife