The scenario: You’ve got an amazing script. The dialogue is smart—it wastes no time; the story is powerful and moving, featuring endearingly flawed characters who no one can help but root for all the way up to the heartwarming end. This script isn’t like Peter Schmidt’s from screenwriting who’s convinced his 30-pager about a depressed guy is the next best thing. No, your script has vision. It needs to be made. Hell, you may have even made it already. Maybe it’s not just a script anymore,…Continue Reading “Here’s Why Producers Aren’t Interested in Your Script”

“Make movies not meetings” and “Be prolific” are the advice that we’re getting from prominent indie filmmakers like Joe Swanberg and the Duplass brothers. But how do you do that if you don’t have a story to tell? Writer’s block is the greatest hinderance to filmmaking. And, unfortunately, I’m not of the party that can just grab a camera and shoot something. I like to have a plan. So here are the components of my writer’s block prevention strategy. These are tips I’ve collected from screenwriting classes,…Continue Reading “Writer’s Block Prevention: 5 Tips for Story Ideas”