“After writing movies for thirty-five years I am more convinced than ever it is only about story. Want to read a good story? Pick up The Little Engine That Could. Sappy and primitive, sure, but…let me tell you, you are rooting with all your heart for that crummy two-bit nothing of a train to get [...]
Here’s Joss Whedon’s Top 10 Writing Tips, which was initially published in Channel 4′s talent magazine by Catherine Bray, who has kindly given me permission to reproduce the article in full here.
The following are Pixar’s 22 rules of storytelling: #1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. #2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different. #3: Trying for theme is important, but you won’t [...]
I teach (and I am a super strong proponent for) getting the entire story down in what I call a basic “beat-sheet” before launching into the actual writing of the script. Think of this beat-sheet as an outline-roadmap, ultimately scene by scene, of your entire filmscript. Working with cards can function the same way as [...]
JEFF KATZENBERG’S CRITERIA FOR CHOOSING A STORY FOR A MUSICAL FILM: A great theme, allegorical, not only does it have to be a good story, but it has to tell you something about humanity. You need a great villain and you need great music that moves you from one place in the story to the [...]