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The Best Screenwriting Channels On YouTube

The Best Screenwriting Channels On YouTube

Whether you’re in the mood to watch an interview with a pro screenwriter or simply wish to increase your knowledge of the craft, this list is for you!  Below you’ll find tons of fantastic screenwriting channels on YouTube (plus one equally fantastic channel on Vine).  Each offers a variety of videos including tips, tutorials, interviews, conferences, speeches, round tables, web series & more!

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BAFTA

BAFTA Online

Film Courage

Script Magazine

Script Lab

Academy Originals

London Screenwriters’ Festival

Six Second Screenwriting Lessons (Vine)

John August

Lessons From The Screenplay

The Hollywood Reporter

FAST Screenplay

The Dialogue

Mark Sanderson

Blue Cat

Screen Craft

Writer’s Guild Foundation

Selling Your Screenplay

WGA West

DP/30

Story 2 Screen

The Bitter Script Reader

D4 Darious

UCLA Writer’s Program

Scripts & Scribes

Final Draft

Celtx

Screenplay.com

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The Top 50 Screenwriting Blog List Includes The Screenwriting Spark!

The Top 50 Screenwriting Blog List Includes The Screenwriting Spark!

The good people at Feedspot have released their list of the Top 50 Screenwriting Blogs.  Coming in at #25?  The Screenwriting Spark!  It’s truly an honor to be named alongside some of my personal favorite screenwriting blogs.  As an aspiring screenwriter myself, I constantly find inspiration on the pages of sites like Go Into The Story, Script Magazine, Bang 2 Write, ScreenCraft, My Blank Page and more!

Congratulations to every website that made Feedspot’s list!

Check out all 50 phenomenal screenwriting blogs here.

 
The Ultimate Short Film Screenwriting Guide

The Ultimate Short Film Screenwriting Guide

short film script can be many things.  It can be a calling card, a proof of concept, a competition winner, an artistic expression and, of course, a short film.  The obvious goal of any short screenplay is to become a short film but we’ll get to that.  Whether you are planning to produce your screenplay or not, you still have to write something worth producing.

Tackling short film scripts can be intimidating.  After all, completing a short film is a tough task and even if you do finish it, the festival circuit is incredibly competitive.  The competition is equally fierce in short screenplay contests.  But seriously, if you’re focused on these things, your screenplay is doomed before you type FADE IN…

Don’t think about what your screenplay may become at first.  Focus on writing something you can be proud of.  Write a short film that will resonate with readers.  Write something memorable.  Write something amazing!

That doesn’t sound so hard does it?  It shouldn’t matter what challenges lie ahead.  What should matter most is the story you want to tell.

Right now, your challenge isn’t getting a short film into festivals or winning competitions.  Your challenge is to tell a good story.

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In the beginning, developing a short screenplay is the same as developing a feature length script.  You need a general idea of what you story is.  Create a logline to build off of.  Next you can expand it into an outline.  If you choose to expand your idea even further you can write a treatment.

The next step is crucial, painful, groundbreaking, frustrating, inspiring, complex, simple and FUN all at once.  So take a deep breath and JUST WRITE IT.

Below you’ll find a ton of articles and resources written to help you write better short screenplays.  Included amongst these screenwriting resources are articles focused on what makes great short films.  They are full of great tips you can work backwards from.  Explore them all and get inspired!

Found an article that belongs in this collection?  Comment with a link below.

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WRITING SHORT FILMS

Indievelopment: Making a Short Film – Which Script to Film? | Script Magazine

Character Depth In A Short Film | John August

Scripting A Short Film | John August

Top 10 Tips For Writing A Short Screenplay | The Black Board (View more advice here.)

What About Story Structure For A Short Film? | Go Into The Story

Writing A Short Film From Instinct To Formula | Screen Craft

10 Rules For Writing A Successful Short Script  | Filmmaker IQ

Why You Should Write A Short Film Screenplay | Script Magazine

Learn How Successful Short Films Structure Their Story | CG Director

Writing Short Films: What Is The Point? | The Story Department

The Short Guide to Making an Awesome Short – Part 1: Scripting  | Film Shortage

Writing The Short Film | Gideon’s Screenwriting Tips

7 Rules For Writing Short Films | Raindance

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: To Write or Not Write … a Short Screenplay |  New England Film

Award Winning Story Structure For Film Festivals | Script Magazine

Short Screenplays – Structure | Ruth Atkinson

Short Screenplays – Character | Ruth Atkinson

Writing the short film: Making it something special | IFP

Writing The Short Screenplay | Suite 101

More Tips For Writing Short Screenplays | Suite 101

3 Tips That Will Help You Come Up With Short Film Ideas | The Necessary Theater

8 Top Tips For Writing A Great Short Film | Projector Films

Short Film Script Writing – Keep It Fresh | Indiegogo Blog

The Short Film Is Dead: Time For The Emerging Filmmaker To Get A New Calling Card | No Film School

7 Short Film Screenwriting Tips & Other Life Lessons | Dare My Truth

Tips To Writing A Short Screenplay | Sure Exposure

Writing A Short Film Script | DeviantArt

How To Write An Effective Screenplay For A Short Film | Wiki How

Making A Good Short Screenplay Great | Mdtabish

Writing The Smart Short Film | The Script Lab

Tips For Writing Short Screenplays | Hub Pages

8 Rules For Writing Short Films | Shutter Speed & Aperture

How To Write A Short Film | Suite 101

Make A Short Film? | Scriptwriting In The U.K

The Agony Of Short Film Writing | Movie Outline

3 Keys To Writing A Great Short Screenplay | Screen Craft

What Directing Short Films Taught Me About Writing Short Screenplays | The Screenwriting Spark

WHAT MAKES A GOOD SHORT FILM GREAT?

10 Things You Must Do To Make Your Short Film Oscar worthy | Film Industry Network

Greatness –  Why Good Isn’t Good Enough | Short of the Week

Confessions Of A Short Film Programmer | Filmmaker Magazine

Why Short Films Are Rejected from Festivals | No Film School

What Makes A Good Short Film? | BBC Film Network

Witty Or Gritty? What Ingredients Make The Best Short Films? | The Guardian

10 Tips For Short Filmmakers & Film Students | Official Screenwriting

5 Tips For A Better Short Film | Talent House

How Long Should A Short Film Be? | The Bitter Script Reader

Roman Coppola On What Makes A Good Short Film | Ideas Tap

Animation: What Makes A Good Short Film? | Scribble Junkies

Get Your Short Film Into Major Film Festivals |  The Athletic Nerd

The Short Filmmakers Guide To Short Films | IFC

Sundance Festival Programmers Reveal Secrets to Successful Submissions | Film Independent

Write, Direct, Repeat: Film Festivals and the Short Film, Part 1 | Script Magazine

SHORT FILM ARE EVERYWHERE

While this collection of resources is a great place to start, nothing beats reading screenplays and watching short films.  YouTube, Vimeo and many movie blogs (Geek Tyrant & Film School Rejects to name a few) are absolutely overflowing with incredible shorts.  Remember, every time you hit play you’re enhancing your short film knowledge AND supporting hard working filmmakers & screenwriters.

You have access to an unlimited amount of short films.  Become a student of the craft and challenge yourself to become a better screenwriter every single day.  Your own personal College Of Short Films is a few clicks away at ALL TIMES.

Just remember:

There may be an unlimited amount of shorts out there but there are also unlimited story ideas in your own imagination.  It’s time to write them down and share them with the world!

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The Best Websites To Download & Read Screenplays

The Best Websites To Download & Read Screenplays

Read screenplays!  Read screenplays!  Read screenplays!!!

There really is no better way to learn the craft than to dive into the classics.  Below you’ll find the largest screenplay libraries on the web featuring thousands of screenplays ready to be devoured.  Can’t decide which screenplays to read?  The Screenwriting Spark has you covered with hundreds of recommendations.  Click the link below to get started.

DISCOVER THE BEST SCREENPLAYS WITH HUNDREDS OF RECOMMENDATIONS HERE!

Pick your favorites.  Get inspired. Then write!

Joblo’s Movie Screenplays

The Internet Movie Script Database

Scridx

The Screenplay Database

Go Into The Story Free Script Downloads

Script-O-Rama

Screenplay Explorer

Movie Scripts & Screenplays

Simply Scripts

L.A Screenwriter Script Index

Daily Script

Scriptologist

Awesome Film

Screenplays For You

Screenplays Online

The Script Lab

The Weekly Script

Lee Thomson

Horror Lair

BBC Writer’s Room

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The Screenwriter’s Guide To Character Introductions

The Screenwriter’s Guide To Character Introductions

40 SCREENWRITING RESOURCES TO HELP CHARACTERS MAKE AN ENTRANCE!

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SCREENWRITING

How To Introduce A Character | John August

Minor Characters Don’t Need Major Introductions | Writer’s Store

Character Introductions | Go Into The Story

Crucial Tip for Writing Your Screenplay: Hero Introductions | Scribe Meets World

Compelling Characters & The First Impression | Script Anatomy

Character Introductions | Alexandra Sokoloff

Introduce Your Character To The Reader | Screenwriter To Screenwriter

Character Introductions & Voice | Just Effing Entertain Me

How Best To Introduce A Character | Bang 2 Write

Character Introductions | Let’s Schmooze

When Characters Have Multiple Names | John August

How To Introduce A Character In A Script | Mentorless

4 Rules For Writing Amazing Character Introductions | Landlocked Screenwriter

Introducing Your Main Character | Gideon’s Screenwriting Tips

Cliched Character Introductions | Script Magazine

Finding Your Character’s Voice | Gideon’s Screenwriting Tips

Introducing Too Many Characters At Once | The Athletic Nerd

Three Ways To Introduce Your Protagonist | Jared’s Inkwell

Writing Great Character Introductions: T2 | Script Doctor Eric

Dual Protagonists | NYC Screenwriters Collective

Generic Character Introductions/Names | Screenwriting Goldmine

CHARACTER INTROS ON THE BLACKBOARD

Character Introductions Part 1: Why Are They So Important?

Character Introductions Part 2: Making A Strong First Impression

Character Introductions Part 3: Editorializing

Character Introductions Part 4: Narrative Voice

CHARACTER INTROS ON REDDIT SCREENWRITING

Introducing A Main Character In Act 2

Introducing A Main Character After The Inciting Incident

Withholding A Characters Name Until It Is Spoken In Dialogue

Introducing Characters That Are Heard Before They Are Seen

MOVIES CHARACTER ENTRANCES

10 Ways To An Unforgettable Intro | Empire

50 Greatest Movie Entrances Of All Time | Total Film

Film’s Greatest Entrances | Shortlist

20 Best Movie Entrances Of All Time | Taste Of Cinema

First Impressions: The Best Character Introductions | io9

Five Of The Best Character Entrances In Movies | Yahoo Movies

Top 10 Film Character Introductions | The Script Lab

Greatest Character Introductions | The Guardian

Top 10 Movie Character Introductions | And So It Begins

Unfortgettable Screenplay Character Introductions | Screenwriting U

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I’ve included the following clip from Pirates of the Caribbean as it’s one of my favorite character entrances of all time:

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From Book To Screen: Adapting The Lord Of The Rings Screenplay

From Book To Screen: Adapting The Lord Of The Rings Screenplay

Once a year, I watch The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Extended Editions.  As soon as I complete the journey from the Shire to Mount Doom, I watch all of the special features on every disc.

Below is one of my favorite screenwriting documentaries on any DVD or Blu Ray.  It’s a fantastic behind the scenes look at how Academy Award winners Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh & Phillipa Boyens adapted J.R.R Tolkien’s masterpiece.

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Screenwriter writes AMAZING Seinfeld Spec Script!

Screenwriter writes AMAZING Seinfeld Spec Script!

Billy Domineau is a writer with experience on Weekend Update, The Onion and more.  While working with another writer an idea hit him:

“I was helping someone write a sketch a few months back and told them theirs needed to be an exercise in bad taste, ‘Like imagine if there was a 9/11 episode of Seinfeld…wait a minute,” (Comic’s Comic)

And so Seinfeld ‘The Twin Towers’ was born! The script he created is spot on featuring all the hilarious antics of the show’s main cast.  It fits right alongside the 172 episodes of the legendary sitcom.  #EPISODE173

The script is currently exploding around the internet among industry professionals, entertainment sites and, of course, Seinfeld fans.

THIS is an inspiring tale for aspiring screenwriters!  You can read the entire script below.

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Almost 100 Free Screenwriting & Filmmaking Templates

Almost 100 Free Screenwriting & Filmmaking Templates

No Film School gathered an enormous collection of forms and templates for screenwriters and filmmakers.  There are nearly 100 forms including script/pre-production, storyboards, shot list templates, script breakdowns, budget examples, accounting records, call sheets, contracts, location scouting, insurance, equipment, music releases and more!

Is it just me or is that a lot of forms!?

Check them all out over at No Film School here. 

Then write!

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The Ultimate Screenwriter’s Guide To Twists & Turns

The Ultimate Screenwriter’s Guide To Twists & Turns

Who doesn’t love a good mind blowing plot twist!?

Epic movie moments you never saw coming make you wonder how the filmmaker(s) got the better of you.  A well executed twist in a screenplay is difficult to construct but so overwhelmingly rewarding when it works.  Watching a big twist on the big screen is inspiring but even more so if you created the moment yourself.

Below you’ll find over 30 screenwriting resources that will help you create and/or refine twists in your narrative.  Make every moment unpredictable and keep your audience guessing.  Then, just when they think they have your screenplay figured out, hit them with another unforgettable turn!

Tips on characters, believability, surprise endings & more await!  Plus complete guides to the most famous movie twists of all time!

*SPOILER ALERT*

SCREENPLAY TWISTS

Story Plot Points: Twists & Turns | The Script Lab

The Five Types Of Twist Endings | Alec Worley

Don’t Withhold; Reveal And Complicate | Flying Wrestler

Screenwriting: Turn, Turn, Turn | Lit Reactor

Twist And Doubt: Movie Plot Twists & Surprise Endings | Go Into The Story

25 Turns, Pivots & Twists To Complicate Your Story | Terrible Minds

Twists In The Tale | Write So Fluid

How To Write Great Twists For Your Third Act | Movie Outline

Twists and Turns | Let’s Schmooze

Dramatic Irony & Twists In The Tale | Bang 2 Write

Twist The Predictable | The Story Bodyguard

How To Write A Good Plot Twist | Arbitrary Nonsense

How To Construct An Effective Plot Twist | gkbc

13 Plot Twists That Utterly Ruined Good Horror Movies | Blastr

Twist Endings | Let’s Schmooze

Plot Twist Generator | Writer’s Den

5 Ways To Write Killer Plot Twists | Helping Writers Become Authors

Four Kinds Of Plot Twists, Three Of Which Suck | Hey Ash

MOVIE TWISTS

The 50 Best Movie Twists | Complex

30 Greatest Twist Endings | Total Film

5 Awesome Ways Famous Plot Twists Were Kept Secret | Cracked

10 Awful Plot Twists That Completely Ruined Great Movies | What Culture

Top 10 Best Film Twists | The Script Lab

The 10 Most Shocking Movie Plot Twists | The Richest

Greatest Movie Plot Twists, Spoilers & Surprise Endings | Filmsite

20 Shocking Movie Plot Twists | Digital Spy

The Possibility Of A Post-Plot Twist Era | Film School Rejects

50 Best Movie Twist Endings Of All Time | Bro Bible

11 Great Films Ruined By Terrible Plot Twists | We Got This Covered

Top 15 Plot Twists In Movie History | Style Blazer

18 Famous Movie Twists Revealed | Buzz Feed

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The Ultimate Guide To Screenwriting Mistakes

The Ultimate Guide To Screenwriting Mistakes

Screenwriting mistakes.  We’ve all made them along the way.  Some are easier to spot than others but if you can spot them, it can mean the difference between a trash can and a producers eyes.

If you haven’t read How Not to Write a Screenplay: 101 Common Mistakes Most Screenwriters Make put it on your list.  It’s a fantastic book to read before, during and after you’ve completed a screenplay.  It’s especially helpful to have around when you’re rewriting your masterpiece.

In my opinion, the greatest mistake a screenwriter can make (especially if you’re new to the craft) is assume their first draft is perfect.  There isn’t a single successful screenwriter on the planet who types FADE OUT, hits print and flicks a green light next to their desk.  You have to perfect your story!  Rewriting should be a rewarding experience.  Treat the rewrite process like a conquest and each squashed mistake as a victory!

Below you’ll find over 30 articles which combined offer hundreds of fantastic tips and mistakes to avoid.  Take your screenwriting to the next level and check them all out.

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100S OF SCREENWRITING MISTAKES TO AVOID

This Scene Sucks: 15 Screenwriting Mistakes To Avoid | Script Magazine

Top 10 Ways To Screw Up Your Screenplay | The Script Lab

6 Rookie Mistakes In Screenwriting | ScreenCraft

The 5 Biggest Format Mistakes Spec Screenplays Make | Bang 2 Write

The Most Common Reasons Why Scripts Are Rejected | Script Magazine

Confessions Of A Genius Script Reader | Film Threat

38 Reasons Why Your Screenplay Isn’t Getting Recommended by a Script Reader | No Film School

10 Reasons Your Screenplay Sucks (And How To Fix It) | Lit Reactor

The 7 Mistakes Rookie Screenwriters Make | Raindance

10 Format Mistakes | The Story Department

5 Big Screenwriting Mistakes, 5 Big Fixes | Script Shadow

An Editing Checklist | The Black Board

Common Mistakes Of Novice Screenwriters | Gideon’s Screenwriting Tips

13 Things Bad Screenwriters Commonly Do | The Writer’s Store

Patterns In Screenwriters | Just Effing Entertain Me

Fatal Flaws In Screenwriting | Mystery Man On Film

10 Mistakes Every Screenwriter Makes | Filmmaking Review

Top 5 Screenwriting Mistakes | Stigmata Script

The Biggest Mistake Writers Make and How to Avoid it | Writer Unboxed

9 Easily Preventable Mistakes Writers Make with Dialogue | The Creative Penn

3 Most Common Bad Screenwriter Mistakes | Script Monk

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Distracting Your Readers | ScreenCraft

9 Common Script Formatting Mistakes That Will Kill Your Script’s Chances | Screenplay Readers

5 Screenwriting Pitfalls To Avoid | Script Frenzy

Avoid My Mistakes | Let’s Schmooze

10 Red Flags of The Amateur Script | The Story Department

Top 15 Mistakes That Screenwriters Make | Hidden Hollywood News

10 Stupid Mistakes Screenwriters Make | Raindance

The Six Fatal Errors In Screenwriting | Screenwriter Showcase

Common Screenplay Mistakes | Scribophile

Avoid The Most Common Screenwriting Mistakes | Examiner

Screenwriters, Sharpen Your Pencils: 10 Mistakes to Avoid when Writing a Screenplay | Theater Checklist

The Top 4 Mistakes Screenwriters Make | Suite 101

Six Quick Tips To Not Lose The Reader On Page One | Movie Bytes

Common Screenwriting Mistakes That Ruin Your Screenplay | Tom Lazarus

My Favorite Flubs | Script Magazine

Top 5 Mistakes When Selling A Screenplay | Screenwriting U

5 Story Mistakes Even Good Writers Make | Writer’s Digest

The Single Biggest Mistake That I See From New Writers: Their Concept is Not Marketable | Selling Your Screenplay

The Most Common Dialogue Errors | The Story Department

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