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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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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