Michael Lee Simpson

What Makes A Good Scene In Your Screenplay?

What Makes A Good Scene In Your Screenplay?

An estimated five hundred thousand feature films are floating around on earth, circulating among us, streaming on Netflix or Hulu, stacked in dated DVD collections, or stored in a basement somewhere on VHS tapes, lost since 1997. In general, there are forty to sixty scenes in a two- hour running time. That’s thirty million scenes […]

 Michael Lee Simpson

Navigating The Agent and Manager Conundrum

Navigating The Agent and Manager Conundrum

There’s a wall in Hollywood that every screenwriter stands before, staring up at its towering height with dread and discouragement. That blockade is built on the foundation of six words: We Do Not Accept Unsolicited Material. Etched on the stone surface, some dismissive legal jargon, “Material is only accepted for consideration when submitted by franchised literary agents […]

 Michael Lee Simpson

Tell Me A Little. Show Me A Lot

Tell Me A Little. Show Me A Lot

A screenplay, or movie script, is more of a format than an art. Good dialogue is individual to each character, but when it’s used as a crutch to explain the plot, the lines become blurred. That’s where an old saying in screenwriting applies: “Show, Don’t Tell.” Al Bloom, screenwriter and owner of Script Reader Pro, […]

 Michael Lee Simpson

Why Casablanca Is Considered One Of The Best Films Of All Time

Why Casablanca Is Considered One Of The Best Films Of All Time

No one expected it at the time. Casablanca sparkled with Hollywood stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid, but was predicted to be yet another Warner Bros. war picture. Based on Murray Burnett and Joan Allison’s unproduced play, Everybody Comes to Rick’s, the rights were acquired by Hal B. Wallis for $20,000— the highest amount […]