Brianne Hogan

Building a tapestry: Kenneth Lonergan on Manchester by the Sea

Building a tapestry: Kenneth Lonergan on Manchester by the Sea

Kenneth Lonergan discusses making the story your own, the use of flashbacks, and rooting your script in realism.

Kenneth Lonergan discusses making the story your own, the use of flashbacks, and rooting your script in realism.

 Brianne Hogan

Brianne Hogan’s Year in Quotes

Brianne Hogan’s Year in Quotes

Brianne looks back over her interviews from 2016, and shares some of her favorite quotes.

Brianne looks back over her interviews from 2016, and shares some of her favorite quotes.

 Brianne Hogan

Shared Inspiration: Claire in Motion

Shared Inspiration: Claire in Motion

Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell on learning from your actors, a unique way of writing as a duo, and what makes a partnership work.

Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell on learning from your actors, a unique way of writing as a duo, and what makes a partnership work.

 Brianne Hogan

“Don’t draw the line at good enough.” Diane Drake on Screenwriting

“Don’t draw the line at good enough.” Diane Drake on Screenwriting

Diane Drake on giving yourself permission to be bad, the essentials of a first act, and what to do with your script when it is written.

Diane Drake on giving yourself permission to be bad, the essentials of a first act, and what to do with your script when it is written.

 Brianne Hogan

Collateral Beauty: A Holiday Fable

Collateral Beauty: A Holiday Fable

Allan Loeb on the secret to writing a good twist, walking while you write, and the biggest lesson he’s learned from being a writer in Hollywood.

Allan Loeb on the secret to writing a good twist, walking while you write, and the biggest lesson he’s learned from being a writer in Hollywood.

 Brianne Hogan

“An Authentic and Vibrant Love.” Southside with You

“An Authentic and Vibrant Love.” Southside with You

Richard Tanne on connecting to your characters and story, making use of your research, and being inspired by love.

Richard Tanne on connecting to your characters and story, making use of your research, and being inspired by love.

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Berkeley Hunt

Meet the Reader: Berkeley Hunt

What readers look for in a script, why reading scripts is good for writers, and what to avoid when writing your screenplay.

What readers look for in a script, why reading scripts is good for writers, and what to avoid when writing your screenplay!

 Brianne Hogan

Nadiya Chettiar: An Emerging Screenwriter on the Rise

Nadiya Chettiar: An Emerging Screenwriter on the Rise

Nadiya Chettiar on the importance of networking, what you should consider before signing with your first agent, and what really happens at one of those infamous LA meetings.

Nadiya Chettiar on the importance of networking, what you should consider before signing with your first agent, and what really happens at one of those infamous LA meetings.

 Brianne Hogan

Indignation: Breaking the Philip Roth Curse

Indignation: Breaking the Philip Roth Curse

James Schamus on adapting Philip Roth, hinging a movie around an 18 minute conversation, and going against the grain of the dialogue.

James Schamus on adapting Philip Roth, hinging a movie around an 18 minute conversation, and going against the grain of the dialogue.

 Brianne Hogan

Questioning Your Screenplay

Questioning Your Screenplay

Aaron Mendelsohn on richly-detailed secondary characters, common mistakes new screenwriters make, and the most important question to ask about your story.

Aaron Mendelsohn on richly-detailed secondary characters, common mistakes new screenwriters make, and the most important question to ask about your story.

 Brianne Hogan

Michael Hauge on The Hero’s Two Journeys

Michael Hauge on The Hero’s Two Journeys

Michael Hauge discusses the hero’s internal and external journeys, the crucial elements of character, and the three things a protagonist must possess.

In their new video series The Hero’s Two Journeys, screenwriting teachers Michael Hauge and Christopher Vogler explore the external and internal journeys that a character goes through. Creative Screenwriting was fortunate enough to speak with Michael about the concept behind the series, the crucial elements of character, desire and conflict, and the three things a […]

 Brianne Hogan

Carrie Pilby: Inspired by Salinger

Carrie Pilby: Inspired by Salinger

Kara Holden on how an original script can be a calling card, why less things are off limits for young adult fiction, and what made her cry.

Kara Holden on how an original script can be a calling card, why less things are off limits for young adult fiction, and what made her cry.

 Brianne Hogan

“It’s so much easier to choose Netflix over writing.” Max Timm on Screenwriting

“It’s so much easier to choose Netflix over writing.” Max Timm on Screenwriting

Max Timm on the importance of education for writers, destroying self doubt, and common mistakes in screenwriting.

Max Timm on the importance of education for writers, destroying self doubt, and common mistakes in screenwriting.

 Brianne Hogan

Dating Your Character

Dating Your Character

How “dating” your character informs your screenplay, how to tell when your character is “the one,” and when you should actually dump your character.

How “dating” your character informs your screenplay, how to tell when your character is “the one,” and when you should actually dump your character.

 Brianne Hogan

A Woman’s Voice in the Writers’ Room

A Woman’s Voice in the Writers’ Room

Rosanne Welch on writing for female characters, changing the pronoun in a script, and the power of research.

Rosanne Welch on writing for female characters, changing the pronoun in a script, and the power of research.

 Brianne Hogan

Empathising with the villain in Tallulah

Empathising with the villain in Tallulah

Sian Heder on creating fully formed characters, juggling distinct POVs, and directing your own script.

It can be said that like her passion project, Tallulah, Sian Heder’s path to writing was equally meandering. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon where she studied theatre, worked as an actress in New York and L.A. for some time before she was accepted into the Directing Workshop for Women at AFI. There, she made a short […]

 Brianne Hogan

How to Write Great Loglines

How to Write Great Loglines

Lane Shefter Bishop on selling your story in a single sentence, common logline blunders, and the importance of stakes.

Lane Shefter Bishop isn’t kidding when she laughs, “I have such an eclectic background.” Not only is she a multi-award winning producer and director (including an Emmy and six Telly Awards), but she’s also the CEO of Vast Entertainment, a production and development company that focuses exclusively on fostering book-to-screen adaptations. In 2008 when she founded […]

 Brianne Hogan

Don’t write what you know! Stan Zimmerman on Skirtchasers

Don’t write what you know! Stan Zimmerman on Skirtchasers

Stan Zimmerman on the changing landscape of television, greenlighting gay stories and maintaining a long-term writing partnership.

Growing up, Skirtchasers screenwriter Stan Zimmerman knew what a writer’s room was — thanks to watching The Dick Van Dyke Show — but he had no idea that he would eventually work in some of the most famous writer’s rooms in TV history. “I had a habit of rewriting plays when I was younger,” says […]

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Jhan Harp

Meet the Reader: Jhan Harp

"Other readers might think characterization or premise as the most important, but I think a reversal is the strongest way to go."

Script reader Jhan Harp was pursuing two degrees at Purdue University – a B.S. in physics and a B.A. in theatre – when he first discovered his passion for screenplays. “Screenwriting, more specifically working on teleplays, was a hobby in college,” he says. “I guess it wasn’t easy enough with the two majors.” Blame Joss […]

 Brianne Hogan

Nailing the Tone in TMNT: Out of the Shadows

Nailing the Tone in TMNT: Out of the Shadows

Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec on reboots, reworking and reacting to criticism.

TMNT writing and producing partners Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec’s journey to Hollywood is one of those stories that, well, some might write a movie about. Friends since the third grade at Riverdale Country School, a K-12 preparatory academy in New York, the duo went their separate ways in college (Nemec went to NYU TISCH […]

 Brianne Hogan

How to Save the Cat!

How to Save the Cat!

Beat Sheets, Saving the Cat, and Genres: José Silerio discusses three key concepts from Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat!

By Brianne Hogan. “I first learned how to tell effective stories…selling a shampoo or household cleaning product. But isn’t that what storytelling is all about – selling the hero’s story?”  From this prosaic storytelling education, José Silerio became Save the Cat! author Blake Snyder’s Development Director. Now Silerio now actively works with screenwriters who have projects […]

 Brianne Hogan

Taking Dramatic License with the Bible: Chris Brancato on Of Kings and Prophets

Taking Dramatic License with the Bible: Chris Brancato on Of Kings and Prophets

Showrunner Chris Brancato discusses the challenges of heavy source material, his experience with hard drama, and giving his latest project a “modern pulse.”

By Brianne Hogan. The new biblical drama Of Kings and Prophets has everything you might expect from a premium cable series: sex, violence, and bloodshed. Except it isn’t on a premium cable channel, it is on the Disney-owned ABC. Perhaps this is one reason the series has received so much criticism. For example, the Parents […]

 Brianne Hogan

Steve Cuden on Screenwriting

Steve Cuden on Screenwriting

Steve Cuden on creating compelling characters, the essential beats that all successful Hollywood films have, and where new writers often go wrong.

By Brianne Hogan. Steve Cuden’s love for movies is practically embedded in his D.N.A. “I have had film in my blood stream since I was a little boy,” he says. “I have been watching television and movies since I was a child. In fact, it used to be the bane of my father’s existence. I […]

 Brianne Hogan

Story is Story: Art Holcomb on Screenwriting

Story is Story: Art Holcomb on Screenwriting

Art Holcomb discusses the fundamentals of storytelling, what he finds most fascinating about screenwriting, and the importance of premise.

By Brianne Hogan. When Art Holcomb was eight years old, his maternal grandmother, a poet, gave him a blank book. It was to encourage him to write out his feelings. She also shared with him books by the greats, like Shakespeare and Cummings. By the time he watched A Midsummer Night’s Dream at ten, he […]

 Brianne Hogan

Billy Mernit on Writing the Romantic Comedy

Billy Mernit on Writing the Romantic Comedy

Bill Mernit discusses the current state of romantic comedies, what fascinates him about the genre, and why his beats are so essential in writing a solid rom-com script.

By Brianne Hogan. Billy Mernit knows a thing or two about romantic comedies. Actually, he knows seven things about romantic comedies. Those seven things being the essential plot beats of what makes a solid romantic comedy. Once a successful romance novelist who penned love stories for Harlequin under a nom de plume, Mernit, who has […]

 Brianne Hogan

“Stories are Trances.” Steven Barnes on Screenwriting

“Stories are Trances.” Steven Barnes on Screenwriting

Steven Barnes discusses adaptations, the importance of telling the truth in your work, and why the steps of the Hero's Journey are like piano keys.

By Brianne Hogan. According to Steven Barnes, screenplays and stories are “like conversations with friends you have yet to meet,” which is a comforting thought to the lonely writer holed up in their apartment, banging out words. A screenwriter and sci-fi novelist himself, Barnes always wanted to a writer. “I always told stories,” he says. […]

 Brianne Hogan

Banking on The Big Short

Banking on The Big Short

Charles Randolph on adaptation, collaboration, and Oscar nomination.

By Brianne Hogan. In a former life, Charles Randolph, born and bred in Nashville, worked as cultural studies and philosophy professor until a chance meeting with the Farrelly Brothers on the USC campus rocked his world in the early 1990s and led him to Tinseltown. Now he’s a seasoned screenwriter (Love & Other Drugs and […]

 Brianne Hogan

A Lack of Politics: Chuck Hogan on 13 Hours

A Lack of Politics: Chuck Hogan on 13 Hours

Chuck Hogan discusses the challenges of moving from novel writing to screenwriting, explains what drew him to his latest project, and offers tips on writing action.

By Brianne Hogan. Award-winning crime novelist Chuck Hogan had his first foray with film when his novel, Prince of Thieves, was adapted to the silver screen (by Hogan himself) as the Ben Affleck-directed flick, The Town. Since then, Hogan has written more books, as well writes and produces the TV series The Strain, based on […]

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Liza Olson

Meet the Reader: Liza Olson

Liza Olson discusses being a story analyst, advice for emerging writers, and why she needs to care about your protagonist.

By Brianne Hogan. According to Liza Olson, becoming a story analyst is something that she fell into. Years ago, when she was still working as a TV news producer, she wanted to take a screenwriting class through UCLA Extension. After looking through the classes, she happened upon the story analysis class description and “I thought […]

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Katherine Tomlinson

Meet the Reader: Katherine Tomlinson

Katherine Tomlinson discusses her script reading process, what it really takes to be a screenwriter, and the biggest hurdle a screenwriter can face.

By Brianne Hogan. She might never have watched Charlie Chaplin’s classic City Lights (she’s more of a Buster Keaton fan), but make no mistake, script reader Katherine Tomlinson is a diehard movie fan. An army brat who “grew up all over the place,” Tomlinson was introduced to movies through her cinephile father.  “My father loved, […]

 Brianne Hogan

Write Like It Will Never Get Made: 24 Hour Rental

Write Like It Will Never Get Made: 24 Hour Rental

Al Kratina and George Mihalka discuss their latest show's origins, writing for unlikeable characters, and balancing satire and drama.

By Brianne Hogan. The days of the video store might be dead in real life, but it’s alive and well in the dark comedy TV series, 24 Hour Rental. Okay, maybe “alive” and “well” aren’t the most appropriate adjectives to describe a show that follows a former Mafia boss named Tracker, who now runs a […]

 Brianne Hogan

Narcos: “I can’t help it, I like this guy.”

Narcos: “I can’t help it, I like this guy.”

Chris Brancato on Netflix series Narcos, rooting for a psychopath, and how to cope when your series is cancelled.

By Brianne Hogan. Look up Chris Brancato on IMDb, and you’ll find a slew of television and film credits ranging from his start with Aaron Spelling on “90210” to “Species 2,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and “Hannibal.” Not bad for a writer who says that his initial venture to Hollywood “had more to do […]

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Mindi White

Meet the Reader: Mindi White

Mindi White discusses the importance of proofreading, earning the reader's trust, and why you shouldn't stick to the rules.

By Brianne Hogan. Mindi White didn’t get into script reading the “normal way,” she says. A producer had asked her to provide coverage on a book she had wanted to make into a movie. It had only been three days prior when she learned what coverage actually was, but White told the producer, “Of course […]

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Cameron Cubbison

Meet the Reader: Cameron Cubbison

"Write for the pure joy of writing." Cameron Cubbison discusses what excites him as a reader, what makes a good note, and how a writer becomes a better writer.

By Brianne Hogan. ScreenCraft’s Cameron Cubbison’s love for movies is palpable, to say the least. “I love movies because they’re life without the dullness, anticlimax and disappointment,” he says. “Film as an art form offers the most crystallized, vital and cathartic emotional experience possible. It’s the amalgam of every other form of human expression: ideation, […]

 Brianne Hogan

Pixels: Baking Comedy into the Characters

Pixels: Baking Comedy into the Characters

Tim Herlihy on why writing comedy is more difficult than drama, his writing process, and what new writers need to learn.

By Brianne Hogan. The plot of the new movie Pixels seems like a dream come true for nostalgic arcade gamers: when aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack Earth using huge pixelated versions of Pac-Man, Centipede and Donkey Kong. Based on a short film of the same […]

 Brianne Hogan

Not a Lottery: Michael Ray Brown on Screenwriting

Not a Lottery: Michael Ray Brown on Screenwriting

Michael Ray Brown discusses his Screenwriting Structure Checklist, go-to screenplays that every screenwriter should read, and his biggest piece of advice for aspiring writers.

By Brianne Hogan. Growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, story analyst Michael Ray Brown hunted for crawdads in a creek, and whiled away days reading comic books in a treehouse. “Going to movies was a rarity in our family,” Brown says. “One of my fondest memories is when we all saw It’s a Mad, Mad, […]

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Jen Grisanti

Meet the Reader: Jen Grisanti

"Our wounds are the well we should draw from." Consultant and writing instructor Jen Grisanti discusses the key concepts of a great script, and why movies and TV matter.

By Brianne Hogan. Jen Grisanti has always been fascinated with film and TV. For her, it was the escapism and wish fulfillment of it all that ignited her love for story. “I remember seeing The Hardy Boys when Joe Hardy’s girlfriend, Jamie, died. I still remember the song “If” by Bread that played. The story […]

 Brianne Hogan

Karl Iglesias on Screenwriting

Karl Iglesias on Screenwriting

Karl Iglesias discusses the elements of a well-written screenplay, today’s movie landscape, and writing for emotional impact.

By Brianne Hogan. The emotional response of the audience is the most paramount and important thing when it comes to storytelling. Karl Iglesias Karl Iglesias is an author, script consultant, and much sought-after screenwriting teacher. He also has a habit of being at the right place at the right time. A son of flamenco dancers, […]

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Phil Clarke

Meet the Reader: Phil Clarke

"The good news for fledgling writers is that it's okay to suck." Phil Clarke talks about about lessons he learned from the greats, common mistakes that drive him crazy, and the differences between the film industries in Hollywood and the U.K.

By Brianne Hogan. Phil Clarke is a London-based script consultant who’s never known a time when he wasn’t interested in films. From a very early age, Clarke would “stare mesmerised at movies playing on the TV,” he recalls. “Not just the magnificent visuals, the larger-than-life characters, but also the strange list of names at the […]

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Olga Lexell

Meet the Reader: Olga Lexell

Script Reader Olga Lexell talks about how to avoid the slush pile, what type of scripts get the all-important green light, and why randomness is not the same as originality.

By Brianne Hogan. Growing up, script reader Olga Lexell was a bit of a nomad, living in a handful of different countries, but there was always one constant in her life: film. “My mother exposed me to a lot of indie and foreign films when I was a kid,” Lexell recalls. “I used to go […]

 Brianne Hogan

“Over prepare. Go with 80 jokes, drop to 20 for rehearsal and 12 for the show.”

“Over prepare. Go with 80 jokes, drop to 20 for rehearsal and 12 for the show.”

Luciano Casimiri discusses writing and teaching comedy.

By Brianne Hogan. Although not a household name, Canadian comedy writer, Luciano Casimiri, has made a comfortable living from comedy writing and “punching up” lame scripts in desperate need of a laugh, or two, or three (comedy writers abide by the “rule of three,” FYI). The Toronto native started comedy at the age of 16 […]

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Nicole Saltz

Meet the Reader: Nicole Saltz

"Protagonists are kind of like North Stars." Script consultant Nicole Saltz talks about what she looks for in screenplays.

By Brianne Hogan Growing up, script consultant Nicole Saltz was more interested in reading books than screenplays. Heavily influenced by her mother, an English teacher, and her maternal grandmother (“A great lover of literature”), young Nicole, a Toronto resident by way of South Africa, could be found with her nose in a book rather than […]

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Amanda Pendolino

Meet the Reader: Amanda Pendolino

Script Reader Amanda Pendolino talks grammar, multi-tasking and reading more.

By Brianne Hogan Sure, her college degree sounds scientific – a Bachelor of Science in Television – but script reader Amanda Pendolino didn’t spend much time in the lab at school. “I’m endlessly amused that I got a Bachelor of Science in Television without taking a single science class,” Pendolino says. A native of Buffalo, […]

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Bitter Script Reader

Meet the Reader: Bitter Script Reader

Brianne Hogan meets the man behind the puppet behind the pseudonym.

By  Brianne Hogan. One can expect a bit of mystery from a Hollywood script reader who goes by the pseudonym Bitter Script Reader (and who sometimes goes by the name Zuul, which is, yes, fittingly inspired by the infamous gatekeeper from “Ghostbusters”). We’re not sure what companies he’s worked for the in past, or which […]

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Kate Rocheleau

Meet the Reader: Kate Rocheleau

Script reader Kate Rocheleau takes you inside the script business

By Brianne Hogan. To sell a screenplay or a TV pilot, the emerging screenwriter first needs to get it past a reader, like Kate Rocheleau. She is a gatekeeper (well, one of many) who decides whether a screenwriter’s work gets passed along to the big guys who sign the checks. A true New Englander (she […]

 Brianne Hogan

Hollie Overton and Lifetime’s The Client List

Hollie Overton and Lifetime’s The Client List

TV writer Hollie Overton discusses breaking in, contests, and how to work “in the room”

by Brianne Hogan Hollie Overton, story editor on Lifetime’s The Client List, always loved television, but like many eventual TV writers, never really thought about writing for it. Even though she secretly wrote stories, journaled and worked on the school newspaper back in her hometown of Kingsville, Texas, Overton was convinced she was going to […]


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