The Helpful Reviewer

Tips from a professional reviewers!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Legs of a Show & Show Bible

When coming up with an idea for a TV show, as opposed to a feature film idea, one has to see if said idea has enough story to last for a number of years, or as it is commonly thought of, for 100 episodes. For a show to be incredible profitable, sindication after its original run is a must. And fo ...


Monday, November 4, 2019

WRITING FOR TV – Premise Pilots

We’re currently in the golden age of television. There’s so much rich content, so many opportunities for writers, and so much that can be explored on television, that more and more writers are making the transition from writing features to writing TV pilots. And that makes so much sense. TV is wh ...


Sunday, October 20, 2019

The Importance of Outlining & Structure

So much has been said and even criticized regarding screenplay structure. But what people often forget is that structure doesn’t mean arbitrary rules that will make your screenplay feel just like any other. Structure is the basis to help you maximize conflict, theme, development, character, goal ...


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Before submitting a screenplay to a production company, a manager/agent, a competition or posting it on a script hosting website, it’s imperative to have the script ready, polished, and at its possible best. You get one chance to make an impression with your script, and you want that chance to he ...


Monday, September 16, 2019

Write Playable Actions

One of the best pieces of advice I got back in grad school was to read a book called “Directing Actors” by Judith Weston, and my biggest takeaway from reading it was playable actions. One of the hardest things for new writers is to write in a cinematic way, meaning actions that are playable, and ...


Friday, August 30, 2019

Write What You Know

Something all writers, especially aspiring writers, want to achieve, is to be noticed. They want to write that one script that will start their careers or propel them to a new level. What’s going to make that happen? Writing a great script. And how do you achieve that feat? One great way is to wr ...


Friday, August 16, 2019

Character-Driven Stories

Crafting characters is no easy feat. Creating multi-dimensional, realistic, flawed, emotional characters is what every screenwriter wants to achieve. Characters who feel real, that audiences can connect with on a deeper level. Regardless of the type of person they are – or the character archetype ...


Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Importance of the First Page

When writing a spec script, your number one concern should be to grasp the attention of the reader from page one. You won’t get past a reader’s desk and into the hands of the one that could actually option/buy your script if you don’t engage the reader and give him a reason to keep reading your s ...