Mark Sevi

Writing The Perfect Hallmark Holiday Romantic Comedy Movie

Writing The Perfect Hallmark Holiday Romantic Comedy Movie

Holiday films screened during major holidays are as sure as horror films screening at Halloween. Mark Sevi spoke with mega-producer Carol Baum about how screenwriters can best position themselves to sell their screenplays into this market which consistently looks for this material every year. Hallmark is the biggest producer of these films. According to Carol […]

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What Screenwriters Should Consider When Writing Holiday Films

What Screenwriters Should Consider When Writing Holiday Films

Creative Screenwriting Magazine contributing writer Mark Sevi shares his thoughts on writing the next Christmas (or other holiday) hit. So get cracking! THE WRITE TIME IS NOW When should you write that holiday film? Any time really, but if you’re shooting for Christmas this year, start now.   Sure, we’re all a little burned out with the […]

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The Story Worlds We Create

The Story Worlds We Create

How would you like to go: …somewhere where the skies are blue the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true. Where troubles melt like lemon drops, Way above the chimney tops… That, of course, is excerpted lyrics from the fantastical film The Wizard of Oz. The Frank Baum story The Wonderful Wizard of […]

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10 Keys To Great Screenplay Endings

10 Keys To Great Screenplay Endings

There are two things on the meta level that no screenwriter can get wrong. The first is the beginning of any story, the hook; the second and more important is the ending. I’m talking about the plot ending combined with the thematic (emotional) ending. Ending minutes or pages are the last thing your reader/viewer experiences […]

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You Talkin’ To Me? How To Write Better Talking Head Scenes

You Talkin’ To Me? How To Write Better Talking Head Scenes

Alfred Hitchcock had a famous quote to the effect that you should be able to understand the entire story of a film without sound.  There is no doubt that a film should strongly convey its story through images.  But what would a film be like if you couldn’t hear those famous words… “And this one […]