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!
"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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
"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, […]
"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 […]
"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 […]