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Ellen Dubin “Soul of an Actor”

ScriptWrights actress Ellen Dubin provided just three notes to inspire a composition by William Goldstein. His project, “Soul of an Actor” is a compilation of  musical portraits composed in the same manner. Dubin was one of 16 subjects, including...

Editing: The Final Re-Write by Stewart Schill

It’s a cliché, of course, but cliches are cliches because they are true (which ironically is also a cliché), that in film and television, editing is “the final re-write”. As a writer whose day job is editing television, I can attest that this...

What’s in a Poster? by Ben Wagner

The feature I worked on for the last three years was released a few months ago. It’s called DEAD WITHIN. You can watch it on just about any video streaming service, or you could run out to Walmart and buy it on DVD.  I’m proud of this film....

The Business of Screenwriting by Peter Gamble

I used to think “write a great script, bury it in your backyard, and you’ll have four agents banging on your door by morning.”  And I thought that for good reasons – because it’s hard to write a good script, and the town...

The Spy Inside by Mark Paskell

“Writers are shameless spies.”   — Tennessee Williams  I’m a little amazed when I hear writers moaning about lack of ideas or material, or that they can’t be as original as they want to be, mainly because I feel that the opportunities...

Just the Facts, Ma’am by Joe Ochman

Unless you’ve gathered the money and wherewithal to turn your wonderful screenplay into the film you dream of all by yourself, utterly unhindered by outside powers, you’re probably writing with that idea that it will be read by someone, or many ones,...

The Ending’s Seed by Ron Moskovitz

One thing I’m always doing is looking at movies I know and love, trying to see them in new ways, to improve my understanding of story. There’s always something new to learn, and it’s nice to see that I’m not the only person who thinks this way...

Quotes on Writing from Joe Czop LaBritz

ScriptWrights, Here are some quotes on writing I’ve compiled that may amuse, inform, inspire, or cause you to disagree.  In any case, may at least one “ignite you” to some kind of action… Joe Czop LaBritz Always be yourself…unless you suck...

A Series of Secret Hollywood Tips by Kathy Fischer

We’ve all heard the Hollywood mantra, “If you want to make it in this town, you have tostart at the bottom.” But, what most people don’t realize is that they’re talking about yourfeet. Tip # 1: To get your foot in the door of Hollywood, buy...

The Bass Diffusion Model and You (I’m talking to you writers) by Ben Wagner

In 1969, Purdue University marketing Professor Frank Bass published a paper entitled “A New Product Growth for Model Consumer Durables” (typo included) that defined a simple equation to describe the rate people adopt new products.  The underlying...