Is Screenwriting Using the Three Act Structure Still Relevant?

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I used to hate the 3 act structure simply because that’s the formula you see in every screenwriting book. How can you create art following such a restricting structure? I’ve changed my mind since. There are a lot a great filmmakers who express their full creativity within the ‘restrictions’ of this formula. One of my favourite film directors, Rainer Werner … Read More

3 Great Techniques For Letting Go and Letting the Writing Flow

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Recently, I wrote about some of the difficulties inherent in writing, and tackled some issues concerning writer’s block in a post about how to Just Let Go of Everything and Write! Today, I have some more practical ideas for blasting past writer’s block and really getting down to writing work. In fact, if you start adopting these techniques, then writer’s … Read More

Just Let Go of Everything and Write!

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Let’s start today with a quote: Blank paper is intimidating. It’s the cute girl at school, and you’ll need every ounce of courage you can muster to ask her for a dance. Today I was going to go for a walk in solitude to figure out what to write about and I spent most the day pondering subjects that might be interesting, going back and … Read More

13 of My Favourite Screenplay Resources

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I get asked a lot about my sources for screenplays. So here’s a list of resources for finding screenplays and scripts of all kinds: Scridx: A Screenplay Index – http://scridx.com   BBC Writersroom – http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts   Daily Script – http://www.dailyscript.com   Horror Lair – http://www.horrorlair.com   Internet Movie Script Database (IMSDb) – http://www.imsdb.com   LA Screenwriter – http://la-screenwriter.com   Sci-fi Scripts … Read More

Why Do We Read So Much?

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You know, when I first got into filmmaking, I was one of those guys who just has to read LOADS. I had to get my hands on everything, and just READ AND READ everything! And I did.

Why You Need To Start Now

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“The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.