Screenwriting 101: My Movie Has Been Made, Now What?


By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) One of the greatest feelings a screenwriter can have is seeing his finished product on the screen. All the endless hours of writing, rewriting and writing again pays off with a little silver screen immortality. This is especially true for first time success. Odds … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Language Arts


By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) There are many reasons why a writer needs a character to speak a certain way or with a certain accent. In fact, the inability to understand a character may be an important part of the story. I once read a screenplay where the writer had the characters speaking in … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Dialogue Starts With Knowing Your Character


By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) For me, the hardest part about being a screenwriter, besides actually getting my words on the screen, has always been getting the right dialogue. Screenplays are not that difficult to write, just ask anyone that has never written one, but writing a screenplay and … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Getting your script out there – The Spec Script


By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) It can be hard to get noticed in Hollywood and it seems like everyone is competing for the same money. It doesn't matter if it's a major blockbuster or independent film. The main tool a screenwriter has in his arsenal is the spec script. When you write a script on … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101 – Dealing With Rejection

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By Brock Cooper (DoddleNEWS) Anyone that has anything to do with writing, whether it be stories or screenplays, will tell you that rejection is all part of the business. When someone tells you that your screenplay or pitch isn’t good enough, especially through a form letter, it can … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Screenwriting 101: Creating A Treatment


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: Avoiding the Cliché

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) How many times have you heard, or even said, "Originality is dead in Hollywood?" Movies have borrowed from many of the same central themes since the silent days, but the problem isn't so much that as the proliferation of dialogue and story clichés. You can have a … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Are Workshops Worth It?


By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) My start in screenwriting was a thrown in the pool kind of situation. A story I had wrote was optioned for a movie and they wondered if I could take a crack at the screenplay. I bought a few books, did a lot of research and was off to the races. My first few drafts … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Writers Guild of America

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS)It’s not easy to get into the screenwriting business and it’s even harder to stay in. You can’t walk through Hollywood without bumping into someone that has a script to sell or wants to rip off your script and sell it for their own.There are people that tell you one … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: The 4 M’s Of A Screenplay’s Moral Premise


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Every film's screenplay has a plot structure to it, which can usually be summed up in three acts. Sometimes four or five acts or eight to twelve sequences but anyone who has studied and written screenplays has come across this stuff. As a director, it's important … [Read more...]

Op-Ed: The Fleeting Nature of New Cinema Technology


Editor's Note: With IMAX cutting 3D showings, it seems right to re-run this article from January 2016. By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Ah, technology, so fleeting, with digital pushing advancements at a rapid pace. In the previous century, film lasted us for over 100 years, and although there … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Where Do Ideas Come From?


By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) I have talked about how the way a screenplay is written is rather formulaic. It’s the nature of the industry, and it’s difficult to get something made that breaks that formula, especially for a new writer.  However, your plot can come from anywhere.  The idea … [Read more...]