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What's in a character name?

A Rose By Any Other Name

One of my most consistent comments on scripts is, I have difficulty differentiating between characters because characters have similar names.


Listen. Character names have jobs.

Hot Kudos from Jeanne Veillette Bowerman

AFW Gets Hot Kudos

This is very cool, Jeanne Veillette Bowerman [ScriptMag editor extraordinaire AND hot #ScriptChat mod AND social media mover & shaker NOT TO MENTION crazed driven writer and filmmaker] just recommended AFW classes first & number one on her website. Yay!

:::CHECK IT OUT:::


TNSSG & the ECU MOOSE

AFW & ÉCU Collaborate

I love that photo like only a mad author with an unapologetic love of furry animals large enough to kick a military tank into submission if they want (like a moose) can have.

Best Screenwriting Books

The 15 Best Screenwriting Books

A Martian Wouldn’t Say That ~ Leonard B. Stern

Adventures in the Screen Trade ~ William Goldman

Conversations With My Agent ~ Rob Long

Highlighters

Beating Out the Script the Hard Way

I told a student last week if he really wanted to know how one specific movie broke down?

Script Stacks

10 Important Screenwriting Competitions & Deadlines

*Last updated August 13 2018.

5 OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS SCREENWRITING COMPETITIONS THAT APPEAR TO DO THE MOST FOR A SCREENWRITER’S CAREER ARE:

ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIPS IN SCREENWRITING

Type: Feature Film Script

Qualifications: Open to amateurs only:  Screenwriters who have not earned more than $25,000 writing fictional work for film or television. Entry scripts must be the original work of one writer, or of two writers who collaborated equally, and must be written originally in English. Adaptations and translated scripts are not eligible.

Deadlines: As of this posting —

South Park writers/creators Matt Stone & Trey Parker

South Park Writers Share Their Writing Rule #1

This is a great presentation from South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker on plotting using the key words “but” and “therefore.” It’s brilliant. Watch it.

Five Signs You've Got a Talking Heads Script On Your Hands

5 Signs You’ve Got a Talking Heads Script on Your Hands

“The trick with talking head scripts is, people who know what they are don’t write them, and people who write them don’t know what they are.” ~ Max Adams

 

1: TOO MUCH ACTION IS FAUX ACTION: Read scene description alone. If the majority of action descriptions refer to characters gesturing with their hands, looking up, looking down, looking sideways, looking at each other — or just plain “looking,” or making expressions, or shaking or tilting their heads?

That’s not action. That’s faux action.

3 Ways Not to be a Film Festival Asshole

I meet a lot of new people during the course of Festivals. Some make great impressions. Some don’t. Hell sometimes I don’t. “I ain’t no monument to justice!”

[Extra points if you can identify that quote yay!]

It happens. But. I have a career. Many of the people who appear to be working overtime to make a bad impression don’t. Or, do, but appear hell bent on a bad impression anyway.

Here are some cautionary don’ts for festivals.