Following up on part one of the “checklist to RECOMMEND,” listed below are key coverage checklist items that, if well executed, will help you avoid the problems with more than 95 percent of the scripts out there. Remember, you are competing with established screenwriters as well as other up-and-comers, so what can you do to get your script closer to RECOMMEND? Continue reading “Script coverage: a checklist to RECOMMEND – Part 2”
So you’ve finished your screenplay and are ready to shop it around, but how exactly do you know when your screenplay is ready to stand out in the crowded market? Start with the “First 10 Pages Challenge.” Give the first 10 pages to a variety of friends — not all need be trained screenwriters — and ask them to summarize what they think the story is about. They should be able to identify some key story elements that should be present in the first 10 pages of any entertaining feature script: Continue reading “A screenplay’s first 10 pages are key”
- “The Big Bang Theory:” Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment; the cafeteria, Penny’s apartment.
- “Dexter:” The police office; Dexter’s apartment.
- “Entourage:” The agent’s office; Continue reading “How to write a sitcom (step #2): The setting”
So there’s this cool monthly event in Seattle called “Science on Tap” where you gather in a pub with other nerds to hear lectures on matters scientific and eat and drink and talk about science. You probably wouldn’t expect Continue reading “How to reveal theme in your story”