The Helpful Reviewer

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Writing a Good Logline

If you want to hook someone into wanting to learn more about your script, you need a killer logline. A logline is one or two sentences describing the central conflict of your story in a simple way that immediately engages someone.

It’s imperative that every logline includes the protagonist, ...

Friday, May 15, 2020

Short Film Adaptations

Another common type of script adaptation the adaptation of short films, which means taking a short film with a simple, more contained conflict and using it as a basis to write a feature film or TV series. Writers can choose to focus on the main conflict, one or more characters, a location, or any ...

Friday, May 1, 2020

Book Adaptations

Adaptations are a very common means of finding inspiration for writing scripts. Working from source materials can provide writers with a lot of story to work from and develop a powerful script. Using books as source materials can be very rewarding, in that there’s so much to pull from, but at the ...

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Build a career, don’t just write a script

When we decide to embark on the laborious journey of writing a script, often times we get so into our story, that we forget that in the end, screenwriting is a business, just like any other business in life. If you want to make screenwriting your career, and not just a hobby, you should treat it ...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

You’ve written a TV pilot – Now what?

The last few months we’ve been talking about writing for TV, mostly creating your own TV pilot. But what happens once you’ve done all of that hard work-- months and months of research, outlining, crafting your pilot, creating a detailed Bible, several drafts, until you finally have a full pilot s ...

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Original Pilot Scripts

Writing spec scripts for existing TV shows used to be the one and only way to get noticed as an aspiring TV writer. But nowadays, it’s become more common and desired to have an original pilot script under your belt. Writing an original pilot script is the best way to show your unique voice as a w ...