In this week’s round-up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, learn how to create dynamic characters in comedy, how to format your screenplay to implement a “cameraman” as a character, the business of film financing, understanding subtext in the film Taxi Driver, and more!
COMEDY WRITING: Fine-Tuning Flaws to Make Characters Timely
Producers and development executives love timely stories because they resonate with modern viewers and today’s hot topics are a great marketing hook. But, fresh stories should be driven by fresh characters—tweaking a psychological flaw can help with that.
ASK DR. FORMAT: The Camera as a Character
Dave Trottier, Dr. Format, shares advice on how to format your screenplay to implement a "cameraman" as an actual participant in a scene.
The Business Of Film - Essential Concepts of Film Financing
While screenwriters may not actively participate in the funding of a movie, writers can benefit from understanding movie financing terminology and strategies.
Interview with Mary Aloe, Producer and Founder of Aloe Entertainment
Mary Aloe discusses her career path, films, working as a producer in the industry, and the future of Hollywood.
Writing Sci-Fi for Broadcast
Script contributor Tara Bennett speaks with current sci-fi showrunners Jeff Rake (Manifest), Chris Sheridan (Resident Alien), J.H. Wyman (Debris), and Todd Helbing (Superman & Lois) about how they’ve approached making successful, mainstream sci-fi TV today.
From Script to Screen: Shooting the Subtext Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver
It can be argued that the cinematic collaborations between Paul Schrader and Martin Scorsese rank among some of the greatest screenwriter and director duos in the history of the movies. Taxi Driver is a shining example of their offspring as a creative couple as it reflects how the writing informs the directing, and vice versa, how the directing elevates the writing.
INDIE SPOTLIGHT: Interview With Together Together Writer/Director Nikole Beckwith
Script's editor, Sadie Dean, interviews Together Together writer/director Nikole Beckwith about her background from stage to writing and directing films, her love of working with actors and tapping into vulnerabilities, and she offers advice in finding and honing your voice as a writer.