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


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...]

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...]

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


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


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


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...]

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: Protecting Your Screenplay


By Brock Cooper (DoddleNews) There is nothing more exhilarating than finishing that polished screenplay and getting it out there for people to read, and hopefully make into a movie. While there are plenty of honest people in Hollywood, there are just as many people ready to steal your screenplay … [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: Writer’s Block – When You Just Can’t Think

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Writing is a very flow oriented process. When you get going, you can go for hours and hours without stopping. Your fingers dance frenzied across the keyboard, putting your soul onto paper for the world to eventually see on the big screen. Those are the good days. … [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: 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...]

Why You Should Write A Short Film


By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Every writer wants to write a feature movie that makes its way to the silver screen and wins an Oscar. Once you actually start the process and you realize it's not that easy, you end up being satisfied with a call back and a lifting of the restraining order by that … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Top 10 No-Budget Screenwriting Techniques


By Julian Grant (doddleNEWS) Here are my Top 10 Tips for your DIY Cinema Screenwriting success. 1. REVERSE ENGINEER EVERYTHING. START WITH WHAT YOU HAVE AT HAND BEFORE YOU START WRITING. Start by working backwards. Make a list of all the things in your life you have than can be used to make an … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: The Plot Points

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Depending on who you ask, a screenplay can have anywhere from two to five plot points. You’d think such an easy concept would allow for a definitive number, but some consider the climax a plot point, others the midpoint, and even a few 'crazies' think the inciting … [Read more...]