How to Be A Screenwriter That People Recommend

B. O'Malley

What has two thumbs and no hesitation about your script? This script reader!

Sure, we all know experienced producers, agents, and name talent use screenplay coverage to separate good screenplays from bad ones. But did you know they also use it as a mechanism to keep their eye open for good screenwriters? The … Read More

5 Ways to Seduce a Script Reader

B. O'Malley

Skunk hugging a skunk

In my line of work, script reading, we get paid to read scripts and give notes or write coverage. Which means we have to read every single page of a client’s screenplay. But, as you might imagine, it’s quite a … Read More

Read the script coverage for Boogie Nights

B. O'Malley

script coverage for Boogie Nights

Script coverage for Boogie Nights, which I recently found on the interwebs, thanks to a sleuthy Redditor, teaches us screenwriters and script readers some key lessons that we need to keep in mind when considering script coverage for own screenplays:   Lesson … Read More

CeltX discontinued its desktop app, but we still have it

B. O'Malley

Vast warehouse. "CeltX Desktop App filed away for good?"

The CeltX screenwriting app disappeared from the CeltX website long ago, as they’ve been pushing their users towards their cloud-based service, which is paid, but has a free option. Now, I know exactly three rich screenwriters. The rest I know … Read More

The Screenwriters Bill of Rights

B. O'Malley

George Washington saying "Bro you just watered down my writing credit."

With the amount of available outlets for filmed entertainment exploding exponentially each year, the demand for screenwriters at nearly all levels below the “Studio Tentpole Writer Line” grows ever higher. But so does the number of producers and companies jumping … Read More

Screenwriting for Documentaries – Shoot first, THEN write?

B. O'Malley

Nina Simone "An artist's duty as far as I'm concerned is to reflect the times."

Documentaries have one key, primary ingredient that makes them documentaries: they reveal reality. But then again, so does a security camera, propped up over a cash register in any given liquor store. So what is it that differentiates a documentary … Read More

Movie Magic Screenwriter Vs. Final Draft

B. O'Malley

rocky and mr t. - screenwriter vs. final draft "it's the eye of the tiger it's the thrill of the write"

At Roger Corman’s Concorde-New Horizons Studios in 1997, I opened a script file using Final Draft for the first time. It was on a “Macintosh” because I didn’t call them “Macs” back then. In short, with all due praise to … Read More

Why Writing For Movies is Officially Dead

B. O'Malley

pixels movie billboard

As I look on the works of Hollywood, (ye mighty and despair), I can’t help but weep, and I can’t help but laugh. Because from where I sit at my ergonomic standing desk, screenwriting appears to be simultaneously dying, yet … Read More

Will your screenplay’s file format exist in 20 years?

B. O'Malley

Marty and Doc saying "Proprietary screenplay formats?"

The two most popular screenwriting software packages – Movie Magic Screenwriter and Final Draft – are popular for many reasons: Formatting your script as you go by simply hitting the TAB key… allowing screenwriters to customize the look and feel … Read More