Love is in the Air

Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you love or hate this day, the fact remains: it exists. So why not use it as an excuse to eat a bunch of chocolate, buy yourself something nice, and veg out in front of the TV?

Here’s a fun list of the best romantic movies to watch today.

Or if you’re a Valentine’s Day hater:

Here’s a list of anti-romantic movies to watch today.

No matter what your preference is, make sure you take every opportunity you can to watch more movies.

Writing A Winning Script

“Screencraft,” that well of interesting topics and almost countless screenwriting competitions, has released an end of the year report. And it’s a pretty good read. As part of their competitions, writers are always able to purchase feedback. They’ve collected overall information from that feedback and have produced some of the most apropos tips you’re going to find for free anywhere on the net.

Take a look Here and write on in confidence!

Free Screenwriting Seminar

Are you an aspiring screenwriter? Do you want to hone your craft? Are you super cheap and want free help? Then today is your lucky day. Over the past 10 weeks, NoFilmSchool.com has been posting free seminars to help you write your script page by page.

Take a look HERE for 10 weeks (or 100 pages) worth of free help and advice from some people who know what they’re talking about.

Tidying Up

If you’re anything like me, you have found yourself in the middle of binge watching the new Netflix show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” staring at your overflowing closet, and wishing that you could live a simpler life. But you like your stuff!

That same cramped, crowded mindset often spills over into our writing. We’ve all heard it a billion times, but writing really is rewriting. Whether you are of the mindset of “killing your darlings,” or adhere to Marie’s “keep only your joy” philosophy, we have to find a way to tidy up these vomit drafts.

Here’s another way to look at rewriting. Hopefully you’ll find some tips that help you clean out and organize your overflowing script. Meanwhile, I’ll be over here looking at every line and asking myself, “does this bring me joy?”

 

 

New Year, New Movies

Happy 2019! This year promises to be a big one for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is film releases. Some sources beleive that Disney will have it’s biggest year yet, and Hollywood is recognizing the need for more diversely representative films. One of the best ways to become a better writer is to watch good movies, and read good scripts. Take a look at:

The most anticipated movies of 2019

And don’t forget to watch the Golden Globes this Sunday. Nominees are here, and some of the scripts can be found here.

Happy writing and happy reading! Let’s make this the best year yet.

Competitions

The number one reason I enrolled at Hollins University was not for the top notch faculty or Hollywood connections or practical, hand-on experience (though, c’mon, those are all amazing). It was because I need deadlines. I need assignments and schedules and someone expecting me to get X number of pages to them by day Y. When school is out for the year, or classes are less structured, I have a hard time creating and meeting my own mile markers. I’ve found that the best thing for me during these off months is to submit work to a competition.

Screenwriting competitions are not only a great way to get your work out there and receive helpful feedback, but for people like me to have a goal and deadline to aim for. Here’s a great place to get started when looking for which competitions to enter. And if you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution, entering at least one a year is a great goal! Happy writing!

Best Screenwriting Competitions to Enter

What have your experiences been with contests? Share in the comments!

Failure to Adult, Season One

It’s here, it’s here! The web series you’ve heard about is live and bringing in those views. All the work that these students did over the course of two semesters, writing and producing seven episodes, is ready and waiting for your viewing and sharing. If you’ve already seen it, thank you! We appreciate all the love and support. Find a millennial, millennial sympathizer, or millennial mocker who will find these antics amusing and share away!

FAILURE TO ADULT

NY Times and David Lynch

We’re advised to read as much as we can and then write twice as much. Reading scripts and screenwriting books is definitely important, but we should look for inspiration in everything: from poetry and fan fiction to op-ed’s and biographies. This article from 1996 about David Lynch’s creative process from The NY Times has recently resurfaced. Take a look to get a small glimpse into a creative mind and maybe even find some inspiration for yourself.

NY Times and David Lynch

 

You’re a Great Screenwriter

But seriously, you are. It’s a hard thing to try to get better at something so subjective and difficult to measure, but I promise, you’re doing great! ScreenCraft agrees. They’ve put together this handy checklist to occasionally measure yourself up to. Even the best screenwriters deal with rejection and feelings of inadequacy because there’s not a simple way of knowing that you’re actually getting better. But if you’re looking for some positive validation that all of your hard work is paying off and making you a better screenwriter, here it is:

https://screencraft.org/2018/11/18/10-signs-youre-great-screenwriter/

Any tips on how you keep yourself in check and stay motivated to keep working? Please share them here. We could all use a little support.

Writing a Pilot That Sells

TV is living its best life with a nostalgic resurgence of old favorites like “Roseanne” and “Will and Grace”, as well as bold new shows like “The Good Place” and “This is Us.” If you’ve ever had an idea you’re afraid may be too out there, TV is the right medium for you. Take a look at this in-depth guide for writing a pilot that will do more than sit on your hard drive collecting e-dust.

How to Write a TV Script if You’re Serious About Selling It

Any tips or tricks you’ve found that help with pilot writing? Share them here!