Script Notes

“Script Notes” explores the craft and business of writing for film, television and new media. TV producer Chad Gervich takes a look at the latest Hollywood developments and what they mean for writers. He’ll also incorporate interviews and advice from some of the industry’s top players, from agents and execs to writers, directors and producers.


Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint

Creating Emotional Frustration in Your Characters

Using emotion to create strong, emotional characters and move a plot is critical for any writer in any type of genre. Knowing what kind of emotion to use and how to use it is a different matter, however. And while our fictional characters experience the same wide range of emotions that we do, frustration is...

First 50 Pages Checklist

Before submitting your manuscript to an agent or editor, it’s important to make sure your submission package is in the best possible shape it can be. Here’s a checklist that can help you troubleshoot your manuscript and improve your chances of success: How strong is your first line? Make sure you lead off with...

Au Revoir… kind of

Hey, folks— As you’ve probably noticed, it’s been a loooong time since my last post.  Sorry about that– between The Wanda Sykes Show wrapping (and, sadly, getting canceled), the tumult of staffing season, and starting a new script deal, the past few months have been total chaos. Also… and this is the most bittersweet...

Write Your Next Screenplay… on the iPad

I’ll be honest, folks… for weeks, I haven’t been sure what the big deal about the iPad is.  But having seen it and played with a little, I gotta admit… it’s pretty freakin’ cool. Having said that, one of the drawbacks for screenwriters is that there isn’t (yet) any professional screenwriting software for the...

What To Spec This Year…

Thanks to Sam for spotting Alex Epstein‘s link to Alex Freedman‘s study on what TV specs to write this year… and what not to.  Very interesting– and helpful!  Click HERE to check it out… You might also like:No Related Posts

Addicted to teen soaps? No more shame…

Hey, folks– Just wanted to pass on a terrific piece, “Confessions of a 90210 Addict,” from yesterday’s Daily Beast.  This was written by my good friend Taffy Brodesser-Akner, who’s a terrific writer and has this wonderful piece on why she’s addicted to teen soaps.  Enjoy!… http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-03-08/confessions-of-a-90210-addict/?cid=bsa:topnav:sxyb You might also like:No Related Posts

Great video – the magic of green screen!

Hey, guys– I know there are a bunch of you waiting for answers– Jon H., Nse, Denise, and a couple more– and I promise I’ll get to them… but first… Special thanks to the guys at TVBytheNumbers for pointing out this awesome video about the amazing-ness of green screen (and how some of your...

Oscar nominations!

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118014578.html?categoryId=3284&cs=1&nid=2854 My personal picks (in the main categories)… BEST PICTURE:  “Up” (although they’ll never give it to an animated film, so if I have to pick a live-action film: “Inglorious Basterds” ACTOR:  Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker”) ACTRESS:  Gabourney Sidibe (“Precious”) SUPPORTING ACTOR:  Christopher Waltz (“Inglorious Basterds”) SUPPORTING ACTRESS:  Monique (“Precious”) DIRECTOR:  I’m torn...

Great animated shorts!

Hey, folks– For your viewing pleasure… here are some amazing recent animated shorts… enjoy…http://www.smashingapps.com/2010/01/22/absolutely-incredible-short-animations-that-would-make-you-say-wow.html You might also like:No Related Posts

Writers Win Age Discimination Suit

As you know, we’ve spent a fair amount of time here talking about age discrimination against screenwriters in Hollywood.  Well, last week, screenwriters won a 10-year-old, $70-million suit against 17 networks and studios and 7 literary agencies… go, writers! Here’s a link to the L.A. Times‘ coverage, as well as links to some of...

Matt's Question: What's Your Take on Leno/Conan?

Hey, guys—   Thanks for all the comments and emails, which I’ve been wading through and will get to shortly!  Jon H. and Jennifer… your questions are on deck, but I wanted to be get to Matt’s post about the Leno/Conan situation while it’s still in the zeitgeist…   I won’t re-post Matt’s entire...

TV's Biggest Blunders

Hey, foiks– just wanted to point you toward a fun list… James Hibberd lists the biggest TV blunders of the decade in this morning’s Hollywood Reporter… pretty dead-on, if you ask me… Click HERE to check out the list! You might also like:No Related Posts

AFI's Top Movies and TV Shows of 2009…

AFI has released it’s lists of the top movies and TV shows of 2009… Thoughts? AFI’s Top 10 Films of 2009: “Coraline” “The Hangover” “The Hurt Locker” “The Messenger” “Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire” “A Serious Man” “A Single Man” “Sugar” “Up” “Up in the Air” AFI‘s Top 10 TV Shows...

Sundance lineup announced

Hey, folks– Sundance announced the lineup for next year’s festival… click HERE, or on the link below, to see the press release with all the film info…http://festival.sundance.org/2010/press_industry/releases/2010_sundance_film_festival_announces_films_in_premieres/ You might also like:No Related Posts

Caucasian writer seeks minority writing partner?

In the footsteps of last week’s discussion about diversity and opportunities for minority writers in Hollywood, thought you might enjoy this weird/funny/interesting ad posted on Craigslist today. What are your thoughts on this? Caucasian Comedy Writer with Credits Seeks Minority Writing Partner (Hollywood/Tinsel Town/City of Angels) Date: 2009-12-02, 3:17PM PST Reply to: gigs-eup85-1492172618@craigslist.org [Errors...