Typecasting For Screenwriters

Typecasting for screenwriters isn't always a bad thing.

By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Actors have long worried that certain characters or film genres would limit their ability to get different parts. Typecasting can be a boon for some actors and a nightmare for others, but it can also be the same with screenwriters. I admit that when it comes to my … [Read more...]

Top 5 Robots of the Silver Screen

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNews) This weekend Optimus Prime once again gets to save the human race from those pesky Decepticons in Transformers: Age of Extinction. Since people began wondering about the future of industry back before Eli Whitney created the cotton gin (the only fact I still remember … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101 – Clean Up Your Act: The Key To A Good Middle

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By Brock Cooper (DoddleNews) When was the last time you watched a movie which had a great beginning and amazing ending, but lagged in the middle? That middle is Act 2 and for many writers is the hardest area to master. A screenplay is all about pacing and going too fast or too slow can ruin … [Read more...]

The Best Movie Scientists of All Time

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) As a former physicist, I’ve been well aware of the accomplishments of Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest scientists alive, since before he wrote “A Brief History of Time.” His life is a tragic, yet inspiring one, and well deserving of a biopic. “The … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: The Script Doctor

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) It can be rough writing a screenplay for the first time. Odds are your script isn’t perfect because you haven’t done this before or really bounced it off someone. There are numerous people out there that are willing to take a look at your script and suggest … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: The Adaptation

In the movie, "Adaptation," Nick Cage plays a screenwriter that is having problems adapting a popular book into a screenplay. This is often a problem screenwriters have, but there are ways to make the process a little easier.

By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) When writers find out they have to write a screenplay adaptation to an existing novel, it can be a frightening. It doesn't matter if the original work is your own or someone else's, because the thought of boiling down a full-length novel into a 120 page script is … [Read more...]

Pitch Perfect – The Art of Pitching Your Screenplay

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) The key to getting your screenplay on the silver or small screen is making sure the right people see it. Agents and studios receive hundreds, if not thousands, of scripts and only a small handful actually get read. The writers that do know the art of … [Read more...]

Suspension of Disbelief: Science In Film

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Editor's Note: We are re-running this article because it touches on science and movies, always a slippery slope. When you write a story or screenplay that involves some heavy duty science, it’s usually a good idea to do a little research before you just start … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: The Art of Comedy

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Almost every film has some comedy in it. The fact is, life has funny moments, and to ignore or deny those moments in your story is to do it and your audience a disservice. Comedy is an art form. Comic timing and the ability to weave jokes and other comic elements … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: How To Write The Step Outline

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Recently discussed in a Screenwriting 101 article, here is how to write a step outline By Del Harvey (doddleNEWS) What Is A Step Outline? You may be reading this and asking, what is a step outline? Will it make my work into a paint-by-numbers movie? What will happen to my … [Read more...]

Why Independent Film Is Still A Worthy Investment

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By Del Harvey (doddleNEWS) As a maker of indie feature films, I know first-hand how stressful and mentally debilitating seeking funding for your project can be. Recently I attended a Technori event here in Chicago. I was discussing tech investments with a friend who does market analysis for a … [Read more...]

Top 5 Zombie Movies – A Fresh Look

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) A few years back, I did a Top 5 Zombie Movies article, and I feel it's time to revisit the list, as new movies have opened, and I've had more time to consider the classics, as well. The Walking Dead is a cultural TV phenomenon, as Rick and his “family” survive … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Creating Suspense and Tension

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Every screenplay, no matter the genre, needs some type of suspense to keep the viewer interested for the duration. Without suspense and tension, the film can drag on like a beached whale. Will they get there in time to save the girl? It’s that moment when they grab … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Creating A Treatment

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNews) So, you’ve talked to the producer and he loves your pitch. You’re floating on clouds, and he turns to you and asks for your script treatment. Umm…what? A treatment is a short summary of your script that the producer, or whoever you are talking to, can use to get … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: The Craigslist Screenwriter

You never know who you're dealing with on Craigslist

By Brock Cooper (doddleNews) It's not easy breaking into professional screenwriting. If you're located in Los Angeles, then you've got a step up on everyone else, but even there the only people who outnumber screenwriters are people who think they are screenwriters.  As a freelance writer, I … [Read more...]

George Lazenby: The Forgotten James Bond

George Lazenby as James Bond in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."

Editor's Note: We're rerunning this article, as there have been rumors thata remake of On Her Majesty's Secret Service could be the next Daniel Craig James Bond film. By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) While Daniel Craig is the current James Bond and Sean Connery is arguably the best, George … [Read more...]