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VIDEO: 29 Screenwriting Mistakes

VIDEO: 29 Screenwriting Mistakes

The good people over at Film Courage routinely adds quality content to their immense collection of screenwriting videos.  Here’s a fantastic example of why their YouTube channel is among the very best for screenwriters:

The hour long video covers everything from plot structure to characters and features a number of extremely knowledgeable industry pros.  Check out the whole video, subscribe to their channel…  Then write!

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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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Be sure to tweet @writingspark or email jason@screenwritingspark.com if you spot a channel missing from this list.  Help inspire the aspiring!

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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20 Incredible Screenwriting Videos!

20 Incredible Screenwriting Videos!

OVER 15 HOURS OF SCREENWRITING INSPIRATION!

Below you’ll find a selection of screenwriting videos featuring professional screenwriters discussing their inspiration, process & the business of screenwriting.  The videos include roundtables, interviews, documentaries, lectures and much more.

Check them all out.  Then write!

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MICHAEL ARNDT ON BEGINNINGS

CHARLIE KAUFMAN MASTER CLASS

J.J ABRAMS & THE MYSTERY BOX

WILLIAM GOLDMAN ON SCREENWRITING

ROBERT TOWNE INTERVIEW

BIG THINK INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT MCKEE

DUSTIN LANCE BLACK’S CREATIVE PROCESS

SCOTT FRANK’S SCREENWRITING LECTURE

DAVID GOYER’S SCREENWRITING LECTURE

ORIGINS OF THE SCREENPLAY FORMAT

BRIAN HELDELAND’S SCREENWRITING LECTURE

THE INSPIRATIONAL STORY OF SCOTT LEW

ANATOMY OF STORY WITH JOHN TRUBY

THE FIRST STEP IN WRITING WITH RICHARD WALTER

SUSANNAH GRANT’S SCREENWRITING LECTURE

EDGAR WRIGHT ON SCREENWRITING

SUMMER MOVIE ROUNDTABLE

WRITING THE HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER

THE WRITER’S UNCENSORED

L.A FILM FEST: COFFEE TALKS

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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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Watch George R.R Martin & Stephen King Talk Writing!

Watch George R.R Martin & Stephen King Talk Writing!

The following video needs no introduction but I’ll give it a shot:

Here is is an hour long conversation between George R. R Martin and Stephen King!  (That should be enough for you to click play right?) These two brilliant authors have written some of the most influential novels in the world for decades!  Obviously their creativity extends to television and movies as well.

Personally, my favorite exchange involves Martin asking King how he manages to write so much so fast.  Martin himself is currently writing the sixth novel in his Game of Thrones inspired novels A Song of Ice and Fire.  A book that has taken years to complete.

Watch the entire video below!

(Hat tip: Geek Tyrant)

 
The Inspirational Story of Screenwriter Scott Lew

The Inspirational Story of Screenwriter Scott Lew

Screenwriter Scott Lew was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease leaving him in a wheel chair without the ability to speak, move his limbs or his neck.  Yet, with the help of infra red technology, this dedicated artist was still able to write Sexy Evil Genius.

The clip below is from a documentary which details how he writes.  It’s the very definition of an inspiring story.

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Screenplay Outline Onslaught: 50 Screenwriting Resources To Help Improve Your Outlines

Screenplay Outline Onslaught: 50 Screenwriting Resources To Help Improve Your Outlines

Do you outline your screenplays? Do you find it necessary to plot out your story before diving in?  Some people may skip this step in the process but it certainly helps a great deal if you do.  An outline is an invaluable tool that can help you stay focused and avoid writer’s block.  It’s also a great way to step back and see your movie clearly.  A first…  first draft.

Below you’ll find 50 resources including articles and videos dedicated to helping you improve your outlines.

Don’t forget to check out this collection of resources to help you write the perfect logline.

OUTLINES

Screenwriting article: Outlining | Script Shadow

Kill your outline: A screenwriter’s guide to discovering your character | Write Your Screenplay

Story planning and how to step outline a screenplay | Movie Outline

How I write a script part 6: Outline | Go Into The Story

Screenwriting 101: Everything you know about outlines is wrong | Indie Wire

Really?  Do I have to outline? | Script Magazine

How to write the perfect outline | The Script Lab

Step outlines can be fun | Write Anything

Debate and tips for outlining a screenplay | Script Magazine

12 Act One Script Beats You’ll Need To Include In Your Script | Script Reader Pro

A new way to outline…  Maybe | Your Screenplay Sucks

Outlining your script or story | Writer’s Store

Outlines aren’t essential | John August

Outline! So That You Have a Plan to Ditch Once You Start Writing | Mastering Film

Outlining a screenplay | Screenwriters Daily

7 Point screenplay outline | Gideon’s Screenwriting Tips

Productivity Tip: Use a scene outline to stay focused | Page 85

Outlining a screenplay | Filmverse

Outlines, beat sheets & treatments | Bang 2 Write

How to improve your outlines | American Screenwriters Association

Outlining: How much is too much? | The Script Lab

How To Write A Script Outline – Five Key Screenwriting Turning Points | Karma Jello

To Plan or To Plunge? A New Way of Looking at the Outlining Debate | Writer’s Digest

Screenwriting tips for beating procrastination to outlines & beat sheets | LA Film Fest

The outlining process | The Working Screenwriter

Do you need to outline? | Corey Mandell

How to create a killer outline for your screenplay | Yahoo Voices

How to write a script outline: The 8 major plot points | Scribe Meets World

How to write a screenplay outline | Act Four Screenplays

Why I don’t like outlines | The Juggling Writer

Screenwriting: The importance of outlining your stories | Doc 4 Design

Treatments, outlines & beat sheets | Let’s Schmooze

Screenwriting Myths: I don’t need to outline, rewrite or revise | Wendy Heuvel

How (and why) to outline a screenplay | Sure Exposure

Outlining | Life Tips

Best Screenplay – treatment, outline, scene cards or alcohol? | 1st 10 Pages

BEAT SHEETS

Download Blake Snyder’s beat sheet here

Blake Snyder’s beat sheet | Tom Stout

Beat Sheet/Story Beat – What are they talking about? | Screenwriting Goldmine

Nailing the beat sheet | Raindance

Beat sheet basics | Story Fix

Beat sheet | Scriptwriting in the U.K

WTF is a beat sheet? | John August

The beat sheet spreadsheet: Realizing the screenwriter’s vision | Cogniview

Has screenwriter’s reliance on story structure ruined the movies | No Film School

Guru beat sheets | The Bitter Script Reader

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Amazing Advice For New Screenwriters

Amazing Advice For New Screenwriters

If you love screenwriting and haven’t seen (or at least heard of) Tales From The Script, you’re missing out on a classic.

Below is a collection of advice featuring John August (Big Fish), Mark Rosenthal (Mona Lisa Smile), David Hayter (X-Men), Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost) and many more!

(Hat tip: ScreenCraft)