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...]

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...]

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: 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...]

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: 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 Dynamic Protagonist

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By Brock Cooper (DoddleNews) When was the last time you watched a movie and thought, “Wow, that was an awesome hero?” You probably remember the bad guy far more than the good guy, am I right? Who do you remember most from Silence of the Lambs, Clarice Starling or Doctor Lecter. While the … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Format Format Format


By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) When I first started screenwriting, I didn't know much about it. I had a great idea for a movie and thought I could just wing it. I downloaded a copy of Celtx and started pounding away until I had a great story that would never sell in a million years. My problem … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Writing Act I


By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) The first act of a standard three-act movie is used to introduce the audience to the story and the characters, in the most interesting way possible. The first 10 pages of a script, which equates to the first 10 minutes of the movie, are the most important. Why are … [Read more...]

MUSE Storytelling Course Returns With New Features


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) A few months back, Stillmotion announced MUSE, an intensive online course in story telling that promised to help filmmakers craft a better story arc that goes beyond the visual image, delving deeper into character and conflict. The original pilot program had limited … [Read more...]

MUSE Helps You Tell A Better Story


MUSE offers step by step process, promising stronger arcs By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) While we're relatively obsessed with the moving image here at doddleNEWS, the story still is king. If you don't have a compelling story, then all you end up with is a 2-hour Michael Bay-centric journey into … [Read more...]

YouTube Offers Masters Class In Screenwriting


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) It all starts with the written word, and if you need to punch up your screenwriting skills, you don't need to pay for a weekend seminar, you can just head on over to YouTube and do a search for Film Courage. That's because they have a series of 85 videos from … [Read more...]

Looking For Great Screenwriting Resources? Check out John August’s Site


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Looking for a good resource on screenwriting? John August is a screenwriter who’s best known for working with Tim Burton on Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Frankenweenie. He was also the screenwriter for Go and directed The Nines with Ryan … [Read more...]

Screenwriting Software 2014


Screenwriting today isn’t nearly as difficult as it was 20 years ago. Writers no longer have to know the intricacies of screenwriting format because there are computer programs that take care of that for you. The art of screenwriting hasn’t changed much since the days of silent films, so there … [Read more...]

Screenplay Contests 2014


By Brock Cooper (DoddleNews) Everyone knows that busting into the entertainment industry isn’t easy. The key to success as a screenwriter is getting your script in front of the right people. You need producers, agents, etc. to take a look at your script and unless you’ve got some industry … [Read more...]