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.


Elevate Your Story – Push Your Hero Off a Cliff

Is your story falling flat? Jeanne Veillette Bowerman shares tips on how to elevate your story by literally, or not so literally, pushing them off a wall. Time to have one of those raw, brutal, hit-you-upside-your-head moments about your writing. You might want to get comfortable. Maybe lay down on my...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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”)...

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