The Screenwriters Bill of Rights

B. O'MalleyLast updated: Screenwriting

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

Why Writing For Movies is Officially Dead

B. O'MalleyLast updated: Screenwriting

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

How to write a sympathetic protagonist

B. O'MalleyLast updated: Free Script Feedback

Regarding all your exposition, see if you can let your exposition “walk and chew gum at the same time,” so to speak. That is, if a scene is only designed to provide exposition on X, see if you can make the scene do double duty, or triple duty, and provide exposition on Y and Z as well.

Script Formatting – Do Script Readers Even Care?

B. O'MalleyLast updated: Screenwriting

the Anal Retentive Chef talks script formatting

A recent client of Screenplay Readers expressed concern over a script formatting issue. In her case, she had a phone conversation scene, a few “V.O.”‘s were missing under some of the characters’ names. So she was a bit worried because she’d already … Read More