Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Taking On The Horror Remake: 3 Writing Lessons


Ah, the horror movie remake...always the subject of much controversy among the horror community. But why? 
I almost always hear the same complaints from “horror purists,”....which I like to refer to as “horror snobs.” The most common of complaints being “it’s going to ruin the original!” 

But will it though? 

No. The answer is no, it will not ruin the original. 

The original will still be there for you to watch whenever you want. Another horror snob complaint is “why don’t they come up with an original idea for once?!” 

I mean, most films, music, or any sort of art are basically pieced together by recycled ideas with a slightly different spin. 
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Friday, 19 July 2019

Survival Tips For The Screenwriter: An Interview with Mark Sanderson



I was beyond excited about interviewing today’s guest. 

I’ve been following Mark Sanderson (better known as Scriptcat) for quite some time on Instagram, and I’ve always found comfort in his daily screenwriting tips. They have helped me understand that screenwriting is all about the journey and that it doesn’t matter if you’re on your tenth script, it might take a lot of them to sell your first one. Day after day, you need to “fill your blank pages”. 

I keep this saying of his as a mantra in my head every single day, and you should too.

Mark Sanderson is a script consultant, author, screenwriter, actor, and creator of Five O’Clock Blue Entertainment.

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Monday, 15 July 2019

Writing The Psychopath (10 Examples & 10 Scripts Inc.)




While watching a documentary about a psychopath who brutally killed his little sister to spite his mother, I started wondering about fictional psychopaths.

When creating a character, writers draw inspiration from many different sources, I wondered how this differed from writer to writer and what traits fictional psychopaths have.

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Tackling The Horror Plot Twist: 5 Killer Tips


For as long as humans have been telling fictional stories, long before we were ever able to see them on the big screen, or even read them in a book, there have always been plot twists. 

It is not a new concept. It is however a concept, that when executed properly, is still an effective way to shock your audience and make for a cinematic experience that people won’t soon forget.

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Tuesday, 9 July 2019

The Fear Factor: Writing Horror For Ghost House Pictures & Blumhouse with Jamie Nash


This week's interview at Into the Script is with Jamie Nash, a screenwriter born in Baltimore, Maryland who optioned his very first screenplay in 2004 to Hexan Films. That option turned into Jamie’s first produced horror film, Altered and was the start of a 10-year long collaboration with Eduardo Sanchez who is best known for The Blair Witch Project.

Jamie has worked with some of the biggest names in the horror genre which include Blumhouse. Rogue Pictures and Sam Raimi’s production company Ghost House Pictures.


His other credits include Exists which marries the found-footage subgenre with Bigfoot and V/H/S 2.

So if you're interested in writing horror and working for some of the biggest horror names in hollywood such as Jamie has - read on for all his top tips and advice!
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Friday, 5 July 2019

Writing The Outcast: 6 Freak, Geeks & Misfit Tropes You Never Knew


Celebrating the release of season 3 of Netflix's hit show Stranger Things - I decided to summarise 6 Freaks, Geeks & Misfit Tropes that you've probably never heard of!

The following character tropes can be used for either your protagonist or antagonist, and show that when it comes to writing the high-school misfit, it doesn't mean you need to make them a walking, talking cliche of what we've seen many times before. 

There are NO spoilers for the third season in this post, but we will be discussing characters from the show so if you haven't seen any of the previous seasons yet, come back once you have! 

Also, if you want to read the pilot script for Stranger Things - you can find it at the end of this post. 
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Thursday, 4 July 2019

Getting Started: 5 Things Every Beginner Needs To Know



Today's guest post is covering the top 5 basic tips every beginner screenwriter needs to know. So, whether you're just getting started, interested in starting or need a short refresher on the basics - John Hamilton has you covered! 

Let's hand over to John for our mini refresher on what EVERY beginner needs to consider when they start writing their very first project.
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Monday, 1 July 2019

Breaking Into Children's Animation: Writing For Nickelodeon & Disney with Jay Lender






Jay Lender has done almost everything you can think of in the entertainment industry, and he was gracious enough to share some of his priceless knowledge with Into The Script. 

Jay is best known for his work as a screenwriter, storyboarder, and director on the first three seasons of Spongebob Squarepants, as well as directing the first two seasons of Disney’s Phineas & Ferb. He has also worked as a storyboard artist on numerous other Nickelodeon hits such as The Fairly Odd Parents, and Hey Arnold! 
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