Craft

the theory and practise of screenwriting

 Mark Miller

I Love Being a Writer

I Love Being a Writer

Except for the writing

by Mark Miller It’s no secret that when it comes to sitting down to actually doing the writing, we writers excel at procrastination. If, anywhere within a five mile radius of the computer, we happen to notice an unsharpened pencil, a window, a refrigerator, a phone, unopened mail, a magazine, something needing dusting, the TV […]

 Michael Lent

C – H – A – N – G – E

C – H – A – N – G – E

The terrifying six letter buzzword you need to embrace

by Michael Lent Author’s Note: Usually, I write nuts and bolts pieces like “Five Bears You Need to Avoid and Seven Ways to Fend Them Off With Toe Nail Trimmers;” however, since this is the inaugural column of the Creative Screenwriting re-launch, this conceptual piece is my way of saying, “Good to be home.”   […]

 Dennis MaGee Fallon

Craft Guru: Michael Hauge

Craft Guru: Michael Hauge

Michael Hauge on finding the theme.

by Dennis MaGee Fallon Theme can be a tricky thing.  It’s often hidden in good scripts, heavy handed in bad ones, and sometimes nowhere at all.  But, as many screenwriters, critics and film buffs can attest, a powerful theme can make all the difference in a great story.  So, what is theme and how can […]

 Ari Eisner

The Business and Craft of Animation Writing

The Business and Craft of Animation Writing

Jeffrey M. Howard discusses Disney’s adoption of the Pixar way

by Ari Eisner Jeffrey M. Howard’s been a member of the Disney family since 1998. Although he started on the executive side of the business, being a creator is what he’s really always wanted to do. Howard tells us, “I grew up loving cartoons and drawing my own comics and things like that. I studied […]

 Brock Swinson

What’s the Cowboy Hat

What’s the Cowboy Hat

Blake Masters on finding your emotional stakes

by Brock Swinson Blake Masters is a genuine Hollywood writer. After twenty years of battling his keyboard, he is dangerously close to becoming a household name. A self-proclaimed turtle writer, he continues to chip away at pilot episodes, film adaptations and original content. Masters’ methodical schedule allows for him to write a television episode in […]

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