How Many Scenes Are in a Movie?


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When you sit down to write a movie or even cut one together, how do you know how many scenes are in a typical movie?


And beyond this question, how many scenes in a movie are long? How many scenes in a movie are those short little scenes that barely last a page?



How many scenes in a feature film appear around the same length as they were written?



You could really lose yourself in these kinds of questions and exit the writing zone. So if you’re Continue reading “How Many Scenes Are in a Movie?”

Calculating Minutes Per Page of a Script? Here Are Some Helpful Tips


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Learn to master your runtime.


I know what it’s like to write a screenplay and want to be finished. There are many times I sit and wonder how many pages I have left? The simple answer to that question is, “Enough to tell the story,” but it’s more complicated than that.



How do we know when our story is a feature-length movie? Or a short? Or a pilot? Or a half hour?



We’re not answering all those questions today, but we’re going to help you master writing Continue reading “Calculating Minutes Per Page of a Script? Here Are Some Helpful Tips”

Development Hell Robbed Us of a Brad Bird, Ray Bradbury, & Miyazaki film


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Brad Bird, Ray Bradbury, and Hayao Miyazaki…all visionaries that whiffed on a popular comic. Why and how?


Maybe you’ve heard the term “development hell” before and never learned what it meant. Essentially, it’s when drafts and notes of a script bog it down so much the movie never sees the light of day. But sometimes those movies do get made, and in the case of Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, it wound up missing the boat on three auteurs.



Today I want to look at a video essay that Continue reading “Development Hell Robbed Us of a Brad Bird, Ray Bradbury, & Miyazaki film”

Download the ‘Hateful Eight’ Script PDF and Learn “Voice”


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The Hateful Eight script reveals an Agatha Christie-like world where Quentin Tarantino pits angry western genre character archteypes at each other’s throats amidst the tensions of the recently ended Civil War. This is Tarantino’s voice singing at the top of its lungs. So what can you do to inject this bravado into your writing?


There are simply tons of screenwriting tools, resources, and books out there. But none of them can teach you this one incredibly important thing.



Know what it is?



Voice!



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Mastering the Comedy Genre in Movies and TV [w/ Examples]


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Everyone needs a good laugh, and the comedy genre is one of the best ways to get there. What makes a great comedy?


Comedy is one of the most malleable genres in film and television. Comedy can brighten a scene, tell us a lot about a character’s mood, and even help sustain long expository explanations and speeches.



Still, there are lots of tropes and characteristics of comedies that people expect when they’re reading your screenplay or pilot. Comedy might be the hardest thing to pull off, and it’s certainly one of Continue reading “Mastering the Comedy Genre in Movies and TV [w/ Examples]”

How to Write a Montage in a Script w/ Examples and Downloads


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There’s nothing more satisfying than an adequately executed montage. We all know how they look on the screen. But how do they look on the page?


What’s the first montage you remember seeing in movies or TV? I think the one from The Godfather stands out for me. I was probably too young to see a bunch of mafiosos killed to the prophetic words of the Michael rejecting Satan, but hey, I turned out okay.



Right?



When your story needs to pick up the pace, maybe characters Continue reading “How to Write a Montage in a Script w/ Examples and Downloads”

Becoming a Professional Animator


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Animated movies are a beloved staple of the industry, and offer tons of opportunities for creatives. So how do you crack in?


Meet Ken Duncan and Stephanie Alexander, two professional animators who want to tell you their story. Both of them now work at Disney and took different paths, but with a lot of the same stories. Each of them started as artists as kids and thrived by creating their own projects.



Of course, each of them saw Disney movies and wanted to know how they could be a part of Continue reading “Becoming a Professional Animator”

What’s “The Scorpion and the Frog” Fable and Why Do People Reference It?


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The Scorpion and the Frog fable is often referenced in film and television, but what makes this story so important?


I was not aware of The Scorpion and the Frog fable until I had met with a few development executives out here in sunny Los Angeles and they all referenced it. Knowing it’s meaning pretty important when talking about story.



When I tracked the legend back to its source, I was surprised to see that there were TONS of references to The Scorpion and the Frog across pop culture. There’s even Continue reading “What’s “The Scorpion and the Frog” Fable and Why Do People Reference It?”

Download ‘The Force Awakens’ Script PDF


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The Star Wars: The Force Awakens script PDF was one of my favorite downloads a few years ago. I loved how it delved into the lore of the Star Wars universe and built something that felt both modern and nostalgic. So how can you capture that contemporary spirit in your own writing?


The Force Awakens script came with a lot of pressure. Not only did JJ Abrams, Michael Arndt, and Lawrence Kasdan have to get the nostalgia right, but they also had to set up a new franchise for the future.



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5 Instances of Terrible Writing Advice [w/Lessons from Each]


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We’ve all heard some terrible writing advice in our lives. It might have been from so-called “experts,” professors, or even in an unhelpful YouTube tutorial, but there are good writing lessons at the heart of every bad note. Let’s look at a few together to see what you can glean.


Tell me if this rings a bell, you’re attending a screenwriting seminar, listening to a lecture, or getting notes from someone, and they lean in and tell you they have a piece of advice. After hearing it, you shake your head. You feel a little Continue reading “5 Instances of Terrible Writing Advice [w/Lessons from Each]”

Armed with a GoPro, This Turtle Shows Us Around Its Murky Underwater Home


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Nothing is more fun than strapping a GoPro to something in the wild and getting a new perspective on nature. Check this turtle out!


I think the GoPro is an underrated tool. Honestly, there’s nothing more fun than seeing all the new angles and views of the world captured on these functional epic tiny cameras. This viral video follows a red-eared slider turtle with a GoPro on its back and gives us the best turtle footage since The Secret of the Ooze.



The film starts out with the eloquent, “‘Sup, guys, Continue reading “Armed with a GoPro, This Turtle Shows Us Around Its Murky Underwater Home”

Download the ‘Star Wars’ Script PDF And Build Your World


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The Star Wars script is a thing of near perfection. Download and read the original script and as we discuss a few lessons we can learn from it.


George Lucas wanted to make a Flash Gordon movie but he couldn’t get the rights. He pitched his own original space opera and almost everyone passed.



Eventually, he got a green light and the entertainment world hasn’t been the same ever since.



Put yourself in the shoes of the people who got this script in 1976. In the world Continue reading “Download the ‘Star Wars’ Script PDF And Build Your World”

Explore The Adventure Genre in Film and TV


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The adventure genre is built for cinema. It ‘transports’ the audience to remote parts of the world and keeps them on the edge of their seats. So how do you create an adventure movie?


By studying the genre! Even if you aren’t planning to shoot the next Indiana Jones, you can take elements of the Adventure genre and apply them to ANY film to make it more dynamic.



Today we’ll show you how!



The adventure genre is built around our desire to search for “more” in our Continue reading “Explore The Adventure Genre in Film and TV”

How to Write, Direct, and Survive Your First Feature Film


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We talk with director A.T. White about what he learned from writing and directing his first feature.


Personal inspiration can take you many places, but sometimes it leads to pretty horrific results. Director A.T. White used a personal tragedy to inspire his first feature Starfish. It’s an inspirational story about not letting the worst thing in your life destroy you.



The Starfish logline is “With reality rapidly fraying at the edges, Aubrey (Virginia Gardner) finds herself following a string of clues left by her friend. Clues that will unlock Continue reading “How to Write, Direct, and Survive Your First Feature Film”

Read the ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ Script


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The “Raiders of the Lost Ark” script is maybe the greatest adventure movie ever written. It contains amazing set pieces, dialogue, and exposition. So there’s a lot to learn. Let’s read it and examine the lessons.


Screenplays are living documents that change at every level. Today we’re going to look at the script for Raiders of the Lost Ark and discover how it set the blueprint for the modern studio adventure film while subverting the tropes of the genre.



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Download the ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ Script PDF


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At the time, the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade script was the perfect end to a trilogy. Now, download the third script in the series and learn how theme and character dictate an adventure. And deal with your daddy issues.


Cinema is about creating inspiring stories out of universal issues. It’s about welcoming viewers to small and large stories by appealing to the audience’s inner turmoil. Today we’re dissecting a movie that does that all so well…



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Download the Scream Script PDF to Learn the Fun of Killing Characters


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The Scream script rocked the 90s and reinvented the slasher genre for a new generation. So what lessons can you learn from the movie and screenplay?


The Scream movie script was originally titled Scary Movie. It was a slasher movie unlike any that had come before it. A movie that occurred in a world full of characters who love movies. It was able to subvert all the tropes and expectations audiences had about slashers and deliver something new and interesting.



The script put Kevin Williamson on the back and re-entered Wes Continue reading “Download the Scream Script PDF to Learn the Fun of Killing Characters”

Want to Get Your Bills Paid for 3 Months While You Write a Script?


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One deserving screenwriter will win 3 months of paid bills if they promise to write a feature-length screenplay.


What’s the one thing that always seems to get in the way of your screenwriting? No, not TV. Not self-doubt. Not procrastination. Wait…having a full-time job and earning money to pay for bills? Yes! That thing.



SoCreate is hoping to take that pressure off of one very lucky screenwriter with the “So, Write Your Bills Away” Sweepstakes, which will award $3,000 per month for three months to one lucky writer to cover Continue reading “Want to Get Your Bills Paid for 3 Months While You Write a Script?”

Whup-Ass: The Action Genre in Film and TV


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The action genre is a high-octane thrill ride that gives the audience all the explosions and fights they can handle. But how can you utilize the lessons and tropes of action in your own writing?


Great action movies and television are like riding roller coasters. They pump up the adrenaline and take us places we can only imagine. They’re fun, explosive, and can be kind of hard to write. Action movies need to keep the pages turning but also set up brilliant set pieces that stick out amongst an already crowded genre.


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Read and Download the Juno Screenplay PDF by Diablo Cody


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The Juno screenplay PDF was passed around Hollywood after the Academy Awards. Everyone was talking about the unique voice, tone, and screenwriter. So what else can you learn from Diablo Cody’s screenplay?


There are lots of reasons we want to become writers. Movies that stick out in our mind as the things that pushed us over the edge. But I was a college freshman who had just left his sports medicine track and was trying to get accepted into the film program when a little movie called Juno came out and it was the first Continue reading “Read and Download the Juno Screenplay PDF by Diablo Cody”