Writer of Screen

Germaine de Pibrac James

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If you want to write movies, you can’t stop after you get pissed on and rejected, ’cause you’re gonna get pissed on and rejected. Nobody wants your stuff. Once you become somebody, they’ll read it—but nobody wants to give anybody their first shot.
William Goldman (via maxyoder)

(via writerlyn)

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There is More than One Way to Skin a Trope

"Even with tropes about tropes (metatropes) that describe how tropes tend to be used, it can be hard to pin down the exact relationship between a trope and a particular work. This is a quick-reference guide of ways to play a trope, illustrated for clarity with two simple examples: The Butler Did It (committed the murder in a mystery story) Power Glows (powerful weapons glow)"

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Character Flaw Index

To make characters realistic and relatable they are given flaws, because if there is anything a writer can be sure of it is that no one in their audience will be perfect. Flaws are character traits that have a negative impact in the narrative, unless they are simply informed. They can also be exploited. See Good Flaws, Bad Flaws for a scale of flaw acceptability.

Thanks to Steve Solomon for this!

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The Bitter Script Reader: My thoughts on "Why Producers Will Not Read Your Script"

"Elsewhere on the internet, you’ve probably already seen this blog post entitled, "Why Producers Will Not Read Your Script." It’s a posting of an email exchange between a producer and a writer trying to get him to consider his script. I’ve seen other sites cover this and focus on the fact that the writer responds terribly to the original Pass, but that overlooks that fact that his initial email is pretty terrible as well."

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Meet the Reader: Story Exposition - Let Me Explain (But Not Too Much)

"I recently assessed a screenplay that began with twenty pages of material chronicling the life of the story’s protagonist from infancy to his mid-30s, which is the age he is when the main action begins. These twenty pages were not prologue – a prologue contains elements that are relevant to and pay off in the main plotline. No, this material was simply biography – nonessential backstory without narrative point or purpose."

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Death to Readers by Terry Rossio

For my coverages, I referred to a checklist of basic ‘rules’ provided by a small production company. Over the months, I added to it and revised it quite a bit, combining it with stuff I’d read, and with guidelines provided by other companies. I eventually compiled it all into a make-believe set of guidelines from a mythical studio, SPECTACLE PICTURES. I even gave a copy to my story editor when I left my last job.

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