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Type Of Screenplay Most Likely To Win Awards

The plot of most films involves the hero overcoming obstacles thrown at him by the bad The more badass the antagonist, generally the stronger the film.   What happens when the story is basically about Man vs. Self? In movies that look at internal themes and explore rites of passage, we tend to think the antagonist is the protagonist himself.  It appears the conflict in the film is basically internal.

Let's look at some examples of...


Career

Great Quotes From Famous Screenwriters

These screenwriters have advice about how they prepare to write, how they write dialogue, their plotting, which ideas to write, how they keep every scene dramatic, things they keep in mind while writing, how they broke into writing, and even some words of encouragement.

They've written hundreds of screenplays between them.

They count among their screen credits, All The President's Men, A Clockwork Orange, Taxi Driver, Runaway Jury, Being John Malcovich, The Lazarus Effect, Big Fish, Toy Story, The...


Alcoholism

How To Become A Substance Addicted Hollywood Writer.

It’s relatively easy. First you get a job as a screenwriter or TV writer. You get to deal with deadlines, rejection, and a roller-coaster of ups and downs in your career. You might encounter heartache, or agonize over where your next job is coming from.  You could be the flavor of the month one day and forgotten the next.

On the other hand, you might just become successful, buy a house in the Hollywood Hills, drive a...


Alcoholism

Why Writers Have A Hard Time In Recovery

It’s tempting to follow in the footsteps of great writers who used alcohol or other substances to boost their productivity.  Tempting, maybe, but also long term most likely not such a great idea.
"Write drunk. Edit sober.”

This quote has been attributed to Hemingway, but the that's been disputed.  Regardless, it gives you an idea why writers do it. That first draft is so agonizing to get on paper. Staring at the blank page fills many writers...


Career Strategy

Networking Advice For Screenwriters

Networking is an anxiety-provoking, but necessary activity for anyone aspiring to Hollywood jobs (or any job). It’s especially difficult for writers, who aren’t known for being outgoing and comfortable around large groups.

Knowing what to expect from the experience will, in itself, reduce the stress...