The Best Horror Movies Of 2018

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It’s October, and that means scary movie time! I haven’t seen all of these, but I can without a doubt attest to the quality of the top pick, A Quiet Place. I posted a great in-depth interview a while back you can find here: Bryan Woods and Scott Beck On Writing. We’ll keep this one short and sweet so you can get straight to the list!

Here’s the link: Rotten Tomatoes: BEST (AND WORST) HORROR MOVIES OF 2018 BY TOMATOMETER

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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

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

Jerry Seinfeld’s Unbeatable Writing Method – Don’t Break The Chain

Today is a very simple, but very effective post. We’re going to share a writing method called “Don’t Break the Chain.” The idea is simple as can be. Write every day, and make sure to make your progress very visible. Jerry uses a big calendar that goes right on his wall, and marks a big “X” through the calendar when he’s done writing for the day. When you break that chain you feel bad, and you don’t want to feel bad do you?

More on the psychology of why this is such a great help: The Writer’s Store – Don’t Break the Chain – Jerry Seinfeld’s Method for Creative Success

Setting Good Writing Goals

Setting the proper writing goals can be incredibly challenging, especially if you don’t know what works for you. What works for some writers very well may not work for you at all, leaving you scratching your head. Some writers say it’s best to count words, others say it’s best to count pages, and other writers say they sit down for a certain amount of time each day. There is no one method, which is great news, because if one way doesn’t work another will.

Here’s a great article about setting proper writing deadlines: Script – BALLS OF STEEL: 5 Lessons on Getting Real with Your Writing Goals

Try setting a writing goal for yourself to see if it works. If it does, that’s wonderful, but if not try something else. If you truly want to be a writer, you’ll find a way. This article is full of great tips to get you going.

How To Write An Action Movie

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It’s summer, and that means one thing, we’re in action movie season. This is the time of the year all the big budget Hollywood movies come out to kick you in the face with a good time. Car chases, superheroes, martial arts, explosions, and to end it all there’s always one person who can save us all from certain doom.

With “Mission: Impossible” on my mind, I decided to search for a great article on writing action movies. It just so happens that the best one I could find also uses “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” for all of its examples. Couldn’t be more perfect than that, as that’s my favorite film in the series.

It’s got a lot of great tips, but here are a few:

  • Have your hero perform a selfless act early on to help the audience like them.
  • Put a ticking clock in your movie. This doesn’t have to be a bomb, but it’s a great way to get the audience on the edge of their seats.
  • Give one of your characters a mysterious background.

This article is full of great tips for writing an action movie.

Here’s the link: Scribe Meets World – How to Write an Action Movie Tom Cruise Would Want to Star In: Lessons from MI4

How To Write A Musical

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Do you have your jazz hands ready? Since we’re already on the topic of musicals this week, I thought tips on writing them would be a perfect segue. While they’re certainly making a comeback after a long recess, musicals have been a part of Hollywood filmmaking for a very long time. I think we have “Glee” to thank for the resurgence of them.

Do you know what type of musical you’d like to write? What is it about? What type of structure do you need? How do you format it? These and more questions are answered in this great article.

Here’s a great article on how to write a musical: Screencraft – How to Write and Format a Musical Feature Screenplay