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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it’s the new tendu!

episode 4 - the writers’ room - how do i work this?

The great unspoken truth of television writing is that - by and large - writers spend most of their time not at the keyboard, but in a conference room collaborating on stories with other writers. In this super-sized episode, Jose and Javi use case studies from their work on “Lost” and “The Vampire Diaries” to discuss how the writers room works, how stories are created in most television shows, but also the procedures and etiquette of this most misunderstood part of the TV writing process.

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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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How Indie Female Filmmakers Are Changing the TV Landscape

"Sundance 2013 was a banner year for the festival in terms of gender equality: women directed eight of the 16 features programmed in the narrative competition. But these numbers are rare outside of Park City, and the Sundance Institute even commissioned a study that revealed a gender gap even persists in the indie world. It’s plainly obvious that Hollywood itself has a hiring problem when it comes to hiring women directors, and recently, the industry and the DGA were put in a headlock by "Punisher: War Zone" director Lexi Alexander in a searing blog post on the issue of diversity hiring. She decried both "the huge lack of people willing to give female directors opportunities," and the poor efforts on the part of the studios and DGA to organize on this front."

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Why producers will not read your script - shocking case study from one exec

"A producer friend at a production company recently shared this email interchange with a writer. It painfully illustrates why most producers will only accept solicited submissions or via a reputable agent. Irrespective of the talent this writer may show in the future, this bridge is burned."

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