I just read an article from the Nicholl Fellowship Competiton. It stated that they received 7,197 entrants. 5,164 were men, 2,033 were woman. Why aren't there more women scriptwriters? Any thoughts?
I went to see the play "War Horse" tonight at the Ahmanson Theater. The puppetry was amazing. Great story, but I felt let down with the ending. Did anyone see it? What did you think?
WHAT IS "INCITING INCIDENT?"
A story must have a beginning, middle and end. In the beginning, the protagonist (hero) is in his normal world. Let’s say it is Monday morning. My protagonist wakes up, brushes his teeth, goes to work, comes home, eats dinner, drinks a beer, watches TV, goes to bed, and the next morning, he’ll start it all over again. But what happens if in the middle of the night, the telephone rings, and
a stranger on the other end says “If you hang up the phone I’m going to kill you.” This moment in time is called the “Inciting Incident,” also known as the catalyst, turning point, or call to action. It is that event that will turn the protagonist (hero’s) world upside-down. Simply answering the telephone has cause a crisis (conflict) in this man’s ordinary world. This “turning point” event has taken him out of his ordinary world and set him (setup) on a path of discovery. The inciting incident is the call to action that launches the main story. It asks a question that the protagonist must answer before the story ends. It will take him on an unexpected adventure and we will go with him to see how he handles the journey. The “inciting incident” is the tornado in the Wizard of Oz that turned Dorothy’s ordinary world upside-down and launched her on her journey to find a way back home
I went to the premiere of "Brave," tonight. A fun movie for kids. Some of the
little girls came dressed up as Merida. So cute. It comes out Friday, June 22nd. Take your kids to see, then come back and let's talk about it. Did you enjoy the movie? What would you do differently?
I just returned from the Pantages Theatre. Saw "The Addams Family." It was
great, so funny. I loved the dialogue. Example: Alice, a vistor to the Adams
house asks. "Do you have a little girls room?" Gomez answers: "We used to but we
had to let them go." lol. Wonderful subtext throughout the entire show.
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Taking a break from reading scripts and watching "Pulp Fiction." If you want to
know how to write great dialogue, watch this movie. Quentin Tarantino is a
master of dialogue.
There are industry standards. Producers, agents, and managers expect you to have a working knowledge of the business. You must demonstrate that you have a full grasp of the requirements and can perform in a timely manner.
A screenplay (script) is your calling card. It is a sample of your best work. It shows studios, producers and agents that you are a serious writer and not a hobbyist. The script should be written with screenwriting software such as Final Draft, Movie Magic, or Celtx. It should be between 90 -120 pages. If you write a screenplay longer than 120 pages you will be perceived as an amateur.