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The name's Piphany. E. Piphany

Progress on the first draft of the low-budget comedy spec has been slow but steady; averaging about 2-3 pages a day. It’s a smart move to accept the fact that the first draft of anything you write is going to suck, because it always does. 398 more words


Writing Like Alfred Hitchcock by Tony Lee Moral

Alfred Hitchcock famously said that the three most vital elements of a film are ‘the script, the script, the script.’ He worked closely with his writers to construct the film, from the very beginning, on paper. 768 more words


Character Building - The Tier Method

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Greetings, Movie Buffs!

So one thing has finally happened for me: A few months back, I sent out a small mass email to a few contacts to get feedback on a project I’m working on. 1,143 more words


Process (Part 2)

This is part 2 of a document that lays out my process for writing a feature screenplay. Last time, I covered loglines, ideal files, beat sheets, and note cards. 972 more words


Why 'The Empire Strikes Back' Shouldn't Work, According To Modern Hollywood

If you’ve studied screenwriting, the economics of Hollywood, or those god-awful formulaic screenwriting manuals that infest the film industry, you learn there’s a strict formula at work. 534 more words


#13 - Post Killer Bird Syndrome

Lucky number 13. Well…

Where to begin?

We finished principal photography a week ago now, and my brain has just about returned to relatively normality. I am under no illusion that I suffered from some minor form of shock from what happened during those four days. 3,743 more words


Life's a Pitch - Alexandra Sokoloff

I’m often asked to speak to groups and classes of aspiring writers, and recently I was speaking to a college writing class, and I realized something that I’ve known for a long time, but I’ve never actually put into words. 1,293 more words