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So, when Billy and I last moved, my big studly Scotsman gently pointed out that we had moved (not like he was counting ’em) — well, yeah he was: 65 banker’s boxes of books. Yeap. …and that’s after donating the half I didn’t want… Don’t even get my poor brother started on…(Read More)

In this, her ninth book on screenwriting, the industry’s matriarch — who essentially created the job of script consultant three decades ago — Dr. Seger has gone on to clarify one of the most elusive elements of screenwriting in her latest book: Writing Subtext: What Lies Beneath. “Subtext is the true meaning simmering underneath the words…(Read More)

In My Story Can Beat Up Your Story, Jeffrey Alan Schechter promises “Ten Ways to Toughen Up Your Screenplay From Opening Hook to Knockout Punch.” Like the old Arthur Murray dance classes where students would learn by stepping on the cut out footprints on the floor, Schechter simplistically breaks down basic screenplay elements into bite…(Read More)

Story Analyst Dan Calvisi used to only reveal the inner workings of his method to his students and script consulting clients now but he’s sharing his template in his new eBook: Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay, available as a download purchase directly off his on his Act Four Screenplays website. For…(Read More)

In this, her ninth book on screenwriting, the industry’s matriarch who essentially created the job of script consultant three decades ago, Dr. Seger has gone on to clarify one of the most elusive elements of screenwriting in her latest book: WRITING SUBTEXT: what lies beneath. “Subtext is the true meaning simmering underneath the words…(Read More)

In My Story Can Beat Up Your Story, Jeffrey Alan Schechter promises “Ten Ways to Toughen Up Your Screenplay From Opening Hook to Knockout Punch.” Like the old Arthur Murray dance classes where students would learn by stepping on the cut out footprints on the floor, Schechter simplistically breaks down basic screenplay elements into bite…(Read More)

Writers are unfortunately often perceived to be at the bottom of the food chain in the feature world. But in the world of TV, it’s a very different story.  TV Writers are some of Hollywood’s best-paid and most respected professionals.  But the odds of breaking in (or back in) to that coveted…(Read More)

We all know how precious partnerships and friendships are – especially in Hollywood. They’re what keep you sane. In Working Together: Why Great Partnerships Succeed former Disney CEO Michael Eisner uses his own collaboration with Frank Wells as a launching point to intimately investigate: 10 Famously Successful Business Collaborations: Michael D. Eisner and Frank Wells…(Read More)

  Working in Hollywood or maybe even just living in our “post 9/11” world, its a daring thing to actually express an honest opinion. On anything. Much less mature and constantly evolving thoughts, prudently open for further consideration and evolution through discussion. (You know: thinking? Remember: “conversation?” The long lost art of rational and…(Read More)