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Saturday, April 07, 2007

The Required Reading List

All the best scriptwriting-related articles on the web, rounded up for you in one place! Send links to Bang2write"at"aol"dot"com. Thanks, L
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Loglines
Preparation & Pitching
Storytelling Techniques
The First Ten Pages
Format & Scene Description
Structure
Characters
Dialogue
Genre
Television Scripts & Series Bibles
Writing For Radio
The Realities of Script Reading
Resources
Inspiration
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LOGLINES

Some great insights here for those struggling to get their big chunk of paper into two sentences!

WRITING LOGLINES THAT SELL By Jonathan Treisman

I WROTE A 120 PAGE SCRIPT BUT CAN'T WRITE A LOGLINE By Christopher Lockhart

TIPS ON LOGLINES - Inktip guide

LOGLINES ARE NOT TAGLINES by Me

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PREPARATION & PITCHING

Because you should never just dive in! That way insanity lies...

ONE PAGE PITCHES by Me

THE EXTENDED PITCH by Me (on The London Screenwriters' Festival Blog)

OUTLINES, BEAT SHEETS & TREATMENTS by Me

5 PITCHING TIPS (FACE TO FACE) by Me

THE NEW SCREENWRITING 10 COMMANDMENTS by Screenwriting U

ONE PAGE OUTLINES by Michelle Lipton

12 PT FREE ARTICLE: WRITING AN OUTLINE by Phil Parker

WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER WRITE A "ONE PAGE PITCH" DOCUMENT by John Kell

BASIC SCREENWRITING FORMAT - Film School Online

ROBIN'S FANTASTIC SERIES ON WRITING A SCRIPT FOR RED PLANET From Writing For Performance

COMMON SCREENWRITING MISTAKES AND ERRORS

MOST COMMON SCREENWRITING ERRORS By Charles Deemer

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STORYTELLING TECHNIQUES

Flashback, Montage, V.O, Clarity and more...

NARRATIVE CLARITY by Danny Stack

LOCATIONS AND ARENA by Mystery Man On Film

FORMATTING A MONTAGE SEQUENCE By John August

FRAMING STORIES By Fun Joel

IS THE DEUS EX MACHINA A GOOD THING? by Cover My Script

GOOD EXAMPLES: VOICEOVER, FLASHBACK, MONTAGE, INTERCUT by Me

DRAMATIC IRONY & TWISTS IN THE TALE by Me

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THE FIRST TEN PAGES

The most important pages of your script: the difference between getting a full read or not!

THE TEN PAGE TEST by Me

THE FIRST TEN PAGES by Danny Stack

THE FIRST TEN PAGES from the BBC Writersroom

MAKE THE FIRST TEN PAGES OF YOUR SCRIPT COUNT by Marla White

THE BEGINNING OF A SCREENPLAY From Write For Stage & Screen

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FORMAT & SCENE DESCRIPTION

Because good format & non-prescriptive scene description is STILL missing from the spec pile

FREE PDF - NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED: BANG2WRITE'S ONE PAGE UK FORMAT GUIDE DOWNLOAD

16 STEPS TO BETTER SCENE DESCRIPTION By Bill Martell

FORMAT by Hayley at Script Angel

FORMAT ONE STOP SHOP by Me

DOES YOUR SCRIPT SMELL? By Bill Martell

SCENE DESCRIPTION, Unknown Author

MAKING SCREENPLAYS VERTICAL by Charles Deemer

WHAT A WRITER DOESN'T WRITE
By Danny Stack

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STRUCTURE

Whether you're re-investigating the form and want to see what others reccommend or all this structure malarkey is Greek to you, here are some great pointers.

FREE DOWNLOAD: POWERPOINT PRESENTATION ON STORY, PLOT & STRUCTURE by Me

WHY YOU SHOULD LOOK TO YOUR SCENES AS WELL AS OVERALL STRUCTURE by Michelle Goode

THE STRUCTURAL MONOMYTH By The Unknown Screenwriter

PLANTS & PAY OFFS by Jared Kelly

CLIMBING WALLS - A NEW APPROACH TO STRUCTURE by Me

ANOTHER LOOK AT ACT 2 (AN ALTERNATIVE TO "CLIMBING WALLS") by Tom Murphy

SCREENPLAY STRUCTURE - A QUICK REFERENCE By Barry Pearson

HOW TO SCRIPTWRITE, PARTS 1 TO 5 By Andrew Lowes

WRITING ACT ONE OF YOUR SCREENPLAY (From "Screenwriting For Dummies")

WHAT IS THE THREE ACT STRUCTURE? By Stephen J. Cannell

THE MYTH OF THE THREE ACT STRUCTURE by Crafty Screenwriting

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CHARACTERS

Because audiences don't always remember plots, but they DO remember good characters

KNOW YOUR STEREOTYPICAL FEMALE CHARACTERS FLOW CHART by Jezebel

12 PT FREE ARTICLE: STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS by me

MAMMOTH CHARACTER QUESTIONNAIRE by Hayley at Script Angel

12 PT FREE ARTICLE: THE ROLE OF THE ANTAGONIST By John Brice

ANOTHER CHARACTER QUESTIONNAIRE - this time from The Script Lab

CHARACTERS ARE MORE THAN JUST WITTY DIALOGUE by Mark Hosack

CHARACTER INTRODUCTION by John August

CREATING CHARACTERS By Sam North

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? Part 1 by moi

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? Part 2 by moi

SURPRISING CHARACTERISATION by Danny Stack

12 CHARACTER JOURNEYS WE CAN LEARN FROM by Me

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DIALOGUE

Dialogue... Probably the thing people seem to obsess over the most! Some good tips here for avoiding "on-the-nose" exchanges in particular.

HOW TO AVOID EXPOSITIONAL DIALOGUE by Michelle Goode

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? STEREOTYPICAL DIALOGUE by Me

TOP TEN TIPS FOR WRITING BETTER DIALOGUE By Ginnie Weihardt

DIALOGUE: AN OVERVALUED RESOURCE? by Me

WRITING EXERCISES: DIALOGUE By Stephen J Cannell

A SELECTION OF INSIGHTS ON WRITING DIALOGUE From The Marvellous Screenwriter's Toolkit

DIALOGUE
By Danny Stack

TOP 5 REASONS WHY PARENTHETICALS ARE USELESS by Me

TWELVE EXERCISES FOR IMPROVING DIALOGUE By The Writers' Resource Center

WRITE BETTER DIALOGUE by The Thinking Writer

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GENRE

Because knowing what *type* of film you're writing is as important as the rest of it!!

Genre Or Die Series - by Me:

GENRE OR DIE: ARTHOUSE

GENRE OR DIE: GANGSTER (PART 1)

GENRE OR DIE: GANGSTER (PART 2)

GENRE OR DIE: SCIENCE FICTION

GENRE OR DIE: ROMANTIC COMEDIES

GENRE OR DIE: COMEDY

GENRE OR DIE: THRILLER

GENRE OR DIE: HORROR

THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS OF HORROR by James Moran

TOP TEN ROMANTIC COMEDIES
by Billy Mernit

WHY COMEDY IS MORE THAN "FUNNY DIALOGUE" - From the London Screenwriters' Festival blog

GENRE FILMS: DON'T OVERTHINK IT by Me

KILLING THE HERO: THRILLER by Robin Kelly

MAMET'S MEMO: DRAMA VS COMEDY by Nathaniel Tapley

DR. WHO VS IRON MAN: A BRITISH SUPERHERO? By Me

CREATURE FEATURES: KNOW YOUR ENEMY (BUT DON'T KNOW TOO MUCH) by Me

MISERY LOVES COMPANY? DOWNER DRAMAS by Me

KILLER PREMISES: A CASE STUDY OF SIMILAR MOVIES WITH SAME STORY by Me

WHO IS YOUR SCRIPT FOR? A POST ON WHY KNOWING YOUR AUDIENCE IS SO IMPORTANT by Me

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TELEVISION SCRIPTS & SERIES BIBLES

WRITING SERIES BIBLES (WITH DOWNLOADABLE CELTX FILE) by Mike Jones TV

HOW TO WRITE A TELEVISION SCRIPT from Mahalo (with a great list of resources)

12 PT FREE ARTICLE: WRITING DRAMA FOR THE MULTI-PLATFORM AGE. By Richard Bevan

12 PT FREE ARTICLE: SHOWRUNNING BY DOMINIC MINGHELLA

WRITING TV DRAMA TIPS by the BBC Writersroom

COMMON MISTAKES IN CHILDREN'S TV SCRIPTS by Me

SITCOMS by Me

PLOT CONSTRUCTION: TV STRUCTURE IN DRAMA SERIES, UK & US by Me

LIST OF TV SCRIPTS & BIBLES, UK & US - By Lee Thomson

BIBLE BASHING: TV SERIES BIBLES by Danny Stack

HOW TO WRITE TV SERIES BIBLES by Me

THE WRITER IN MODERN TV (PDF), Transcript from BFI Jun 14th 2010 by Michelle Lipton

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WRITING FOR RADIO

WRITING FOR RADIO 4 - FROM IDEA TO DECISION - By Michelle Lipton. Fantastic post! Really worth a read.

BREAKING INTO RADIO COMEDY by Jason Arnopp

TIPS ON WRITING FOR RADIO by Anne Burnett

PRINCIPLES OF WRITING RADIO DRAMA by Tim Crooks

BBC WRITERSROOM: Read Radio Drama Scripts (List)

BBC WRITERSROOM: Read Radio Comedy Scripts (List)

ANOTHER SAMPLE RADIO SCRIPT

SAMPLE RADIO SCRIPT COMPARISON 2

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THE REALITIES OF SCRIPT READING

Why has your masterpiece been returned unread? Find out why, here...

SO YOU WANT TO BE A SCRIPT READER? By Gideon's Way

READER PET PEEVES by Scott The Reader

CONFESSIONS OF A GENIUS SCRIPT READER By Allan Mcavoy

CONFESSIONS OF A SLUSH PILE READER By Patricia Chui

DAY TWO IN THE LIFE OF A HOLLYWOOD SCRIPT READER by Tiffany Stone

IMAGINARY NOTES FOR FAWLTY TOWERS From That's The Bitterness Speaking Blog

SCREENWRITING CINDERELLAS By Ellin Stein

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RESOURCES

Resources that will help you write, make films or understand how the industry works

FREE, COMPETE ONLINE SCREENWRITING COURSE by University College, Falmouth

FREE DOWNLOAD: SCREENPLAY TIPS, free e-book (PDF) - by Me. Reversals, montage, VO, feedback, rejections & more

GETTING TO WHERE YOU WANT TO BE - Free PDF download, plus others on goal setting, planning, etc.

BANG2WRITERS - Facebook group of writers and filmmakers for chat, links & opportunities

THE FEEDBACK EXCHANGE - directory of Bang2writers looking to do peer review - add your name!

SHORT FILMS CLUB - directory of Bang2writers looking to collaborate on short films - add your name!

WHICH SCREENWRITING SOFTWARE IS "BEST"? By Me

HOW DO I BECOME A PROFESSIONAL SCRIPTWRITER? by Me

FIND THE OPEN DOOR... AND STEP THROUGH IT by Screenwriting U

CAN'T GET READ? YES YOU CAN by Me

MONEY TALKS: FILM BUDGETS by Me

WON'T SOMEONE NICK MY SCRIPT OR IDEA? by Me

ADRIAN MEAD'S SCREENWRITER'S CAREER GUIDE - being positive, opportunities, motivation & more

HOW DOES SHIT MAKE IT TO SCREEN? A look at crap movies.

TOP TEN UNPRODUCED MOVIES Even being successful doesn't mean all your specs get made!

INTERVIEW - ON SCREENWRITING FOR INDIE FILMMAKERS from Script For Sale

GLOSSARY OF CINEMATIC TERMS From Film Site

GLADIATOR FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN (PDF) By Jonathan Blackwell

HOW TO WRITE A SCREENPLAY by eHow

12 PT FREE ARTICLE: THE DIGITAL WORLD AND HOW WRITERS AND FILMMAKERS CAN USE IT TO SUCCEED By Laura Wilson

12 PT FREE ARTICLE: WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PERMANENT CRISIS IN THE BRITISH FILM INDUSTRY By Julian Friedmann

12 PT FREE ARTICLE: SHOULD SCRIPTWRITERS WRITE NOVELS AS WELL? By Julian Friedmann

HOW TO HUSTLE by Michelle Lipton

SHOULD YOU OR SHOULDN'T YOU WORK FOR FREE? By Michelle Goode

USING SOCIAL MEDIA AS A WRITER by Me

JAMES MORAN'S BIG WRITING FAQ - All you need to know from a veteran TV writer, all rounded up in one enormous post!
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INSPIRATION

For when you feel it's not worth being a writer or when you don't know what to do next !

DON'T WAIT TO BE PICKED. PICK YOURSELF By Seth Godin

IVORY TOWER By Phill Barron

CONFIDENCE AND ATTITUDE by Danny Stack

IT'S NOT ABOUT LUCK... AND IT TOTALLY IS by Me

GOING BACK TO PAGE 1 by Me

ARE WE THERE YET? By Me

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If you know a good link or have written a screenwriting article yourself and want it included on this list, then send me an email, a message on Facebook or Tweet me.

17 comments:

Lianne said...

Oooh, how flattered am I that I've made it onto the list! And thanks for re-posting, saves me trawling through the old blog looking for some of these.

Lianne said...

Oh, and I found Potdoll's notes on drama and rites of passage really useful too, I'd recommend including those.

Jim Mercurio said...

I am on the list too. Woo-wee. Go Google Alerts! My howtowriteascreenplay.net is also like a mini-book on structure.

Jim

Jim Mercurio said...

Doh! Already included.

Thanks.

Lucy said...

Lianne - no problem! And I agree about Potdoll's notes on Drama and Rites of Passage, so have now included them on the list.

Jim - Don't mention it... I'm LOVING your work dah-link! ; ) Hope to see you round these parts again (oooh matron!)

The Moviequill said...

oh my, I think I done just got a tad bit too excited... in my pants!

thanks L

Lucy said...

You're welcome MQ...and ewwwww!!!

James Moran said...

I would have been shocked and horrified if I hadn't made the list, but thankfully I have. Yay for being on lists! Except death lists, which are obviously bad.

Lucy said...

Hah. You're still on MY death list. Why else am I going to see you next month...?!

potdoll said...

well it's nice to see I was an AFTER THOUGHT!

bloody charming.

;)

Danny Stack said...

Bookmarked! Nice one.

Jim Mercurio said...

Promise to blog about the bonus material and I will send you a copy of Hard Scrambled (www.hardscrambled.com for sample).

Jim

Lucy said...

Potsy! I'll have you know your thriller notes were on there FIRST and you are the only writer to make it onto the list THREE TIMES my friend!!! So there! : P

Sir Danny of Stackshire - no problem my veritable screenwriting dude.

And Jim - welcome back! And I absolutely promise to blog about the bonus material if you send me a copy of Hard Scrambled! My contact details are on the front of this blog my good sir.

HAPPY EASTER ONE AN' ALL!!!

potdoll said...

Squeak! Ok let you off...
:) X

Lucy said...

Don't forget - if you think your fave has been ommitted from the list - or perhaps you want one of yours included - then email me! LET'S MAKE THIS THE BIGGEST MOST COMPREHENSIVE LIST ON THE 'NET! YAY!

Hayley said...

Great list Lucy!

John said...

Wow! Fantastic stuff here, Lucy: Gotta get reading!!! Thanks.