8 Screenwriting Lessons from “Halt and Catch Fire”

Crap. Final Draft won't be invented for another 8 years

If I were an executive over at AMC, I’d be a little nervous.  What, with Mad Men and Breaking Bad all wrapping up, and to mention the producers of The Walking Dead talking about moving the show more towards a Cop Rock vibe and all. It’s a general truism for we in the screenwriting class (or at least, true enough) that nervous suits with … Read more

How to write better characters: outline them using verbs only

How to describe characters using only verbs

One of my writing partners and I are working on a new horror feature script, and we’re in the outlining/beat sheeting stage right now.  Our characters aren’t quite gelled yet, and we’re both firmly entrenched in the belief that character begets plot, so outside of a few key visual sequences we’ve sketched out, our plot … Read more

Things writers can learn from Homeland and shows like it

“This is the golden age for television,” said my friend Steve.  I debated him on that declaration, citing the 1950’s: Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Lucille Ball, et al., until we could agree with a revised version of his proclamation: “This is a new golden age for long-form storytelling.” And, hell yes, we hold this truth … Read more

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