Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Writing Blockbuster Hits & 6 Hollywood Tips: An Interview with Screenwriter, John August

Today’s interview guest at Into The Script truly needs no introduction...but we’re giving him one anyway. 

His career began by writing and co-producing the 1999 cult classic film Go, and hasn’t stopped since. He has written/co-written and been otherwise involved in many films, including Titan A.E., Charlie’s Angels, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Big Fish, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie, The Nines, and 2019 box office giants Aladdin, and Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark.

His accomplishments and contributions to the entertainment industry do not stop there either! Besides writing the novel Arlo Finch In The Valley Of Fire, he has established two successful screenwriting websites, johnaugust.com and screenwriting.io, which have a wealth of information available for aspiring and experienced screenwriters alike. 

He also founded Quote-Unquote Apps in 2010, which develops software related to the film industry, including his most recent screenwriting software, Highland 2.5, which we discuss in the interview! You can also find him on the top ranking weekly TV and Film podcast Scriptnotes.

He has been nominated for a Grammy, as well as a BAFTA Award, and in 2016, he was awarded the WGAw's Valentine Davies Award for his dignified contributions to the entertainment industry and the community-at-large. 

So without further ado, please welcome to Into The Script...Mr. John August.


Monday, 12 August 2019

Breaking Into TV: An Interview with Karl Warner, Head of E4

Photo Credit to Karl Warner

This week at Into The Script - we welcome Karl Warner, the Head of acclaimed British TV Channel E4. 

As well as broadcasting American hit shows such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Goldbergs and How I Met Your Mother, E4 is also known for creating homegrown British content such as Skins, Made In Chelsea,  Shameless, The Inbetweeners and  Misfits

My feature writer Scott Baker had the opportunity to ask Karl exactly what it is that E4 is looking for and how writers can write a story that HOOKS an audience in this ever-changing and evolving world of television!

So, let's hand over to Scott:


Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Writing YA Fiction That Teens Love: An Interview with New York Times Bestselling Author, Lisi Harrison

Into The Script welcomes today's guest -Lisi Harrison! Lisi is a New York Times bestselling author of several book series, most notably The Clique series which has sold over eight million copies, and popular YA series the Pretenders, as well as writing several tie-in novels to the hit children’s show and franchise Monster High. Lisi's first novel of the The Clique series was adapted to film by Warner Brothers in 2008, and has also been adapted as a series of graphic novels and a video game.

So, if you've ever dreamt of writing a bestselling YA novel that is loved by audiences both young and old - then Lisi is the woman to listen to!


Saturday, 3 August 2019

Writing The Big Damn Hero: 3 Heroic Tropes That Never Age

You might not be familiar with the term - but you definitely know what I'm referring to!

That moment when all hope is lost and then...BOOM! In walks our BIG DAMN HERO (or HEROINE) and saves the day in their usual badass style! Well in today's post, I'm talking about 3 particular BDH tropes, and with the examples of these tropes - I hope you can leave this post feeling inspired about writing some of your own BDH moments and characters.

P.s - I've also included the scripts for the following examples, so don't forget to check those out too. 

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