Tag: writing tips
It's not just the bane of every screenwriter. Really the age-old battle of showing vs. telling has been waged by anyone who's put pen to paper in order to try and craft a story. It's a relatively simple term that describes a very complicated and nuanced concept. Many writers struggle to find some balance between the two ideas, but this becomes even harder in the realm of film. Since this is a very big issue, and one that most writers encounter I've decided to help, by defining the terms as well as giving examples on how to avoid these issues in the future.
I wrote my first spec in less than 30 days.
Don’t hyperventilate yet—it wasn’t a feature I specced in less than a month, it was an hour-long TV drama. You should also know, in case you don’t already, that speccing for TV and speccing for film are two totally different terms. For television, to spec is to write an episode of a pre-existing show in order to prove to the world (or at least those who care to hire you) that you can assimilate your style to match that of another show.
Who can forget the moment we heard the breathing of Darth Vader when he first stormed onto the screen in 1977; or the gleam off the clean-shaven head of Lex Luthor. Strong villains are the key to an engaging story and when you sit down to write you script you'll need to avoid a common pitfall when crafting your villains.
“Nobody knows anything,” says William Goldman, writer of such Oscar winning scripts as Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid and All The President’s Men. I ran across it again recently in an article in England’s superb music magazine Mojo on the film Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, possibly the most (and in a way wonderfully) horrid and inane movie ever made and a flop of staggering proportions.