In my previous post, How to Turn Microsoft Word into a Terrific Screenwriting Program, I explained how to use Word’s “styles” to automatically create script formatting. I received a blog comment from Ben Cahan, the creator and co-founder of Final Draft, who pointed out that a true screenwriting program was more than just “margins and capitalized slug lines and character names”. Ben makes a good point. Whereas Word allows you to easily and automatically format basic script elements such as slug line, action, character name, parenthetical, dialog and transitions, that’s about all it can do. Final Draft, in contrast, does those things and much more.
Jake Mandeville-Anthony, a U.K. screenwriter, has filed suit against Disney and Pixar claiming that the studios' CARS was taken from work he submitted to the studio in the early 1990s, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Writer Michael Chabon has met with director Jon Favreau about coming on as the new writer of MAGIC KINGDOM, reports Heat Vision.
Stephen King has entered negotiations to pen an episode of AMC's THE WALKING DEAD, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The book publishing industry, like the newspaper biz, is on a glide path to oblivion. It's just too easy and cheap to download a book to your computer, iPad, Kindle or smartphone.
And that was last year!
Now it takes less time to publish your own book than it does to write a publisher query letter, let alone send it out and wait for the rejection letters.
Disney has tapped Karl Gajdusek (UNKNOWN) to rewrite Joseph Kosinski's sci-fi flick OBLIVION, which has been renamed HORIZONS, reports Heat Vision.
VFX firm Prime Focus is branching out into production with a TV adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s book GOOD OMENS, writes The Hollywood Reporter.
John Moore (MAX PAYNE) is set to direct a sci-fi flick from JURASSIC PARK 3 writer Peter Buchman, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Wigram Productions has picked up the rights to BONE creator Jeff Smith's sci-fi noir comic RASL, reports Deadline.com.
The Dino De Laurentiis Co. has tapped Shane Abbess (GABRIEL) to helm the sci-fi thriller 7TH DAY, reports Variety.
Before you run off half-cocked with that shiny new animated six-shooter of yours, here are a few pieces of advice that will help you live long and prosper in this business. It would be foolish to think you could become a good animation writer without first understanding a little bit about creativity, especially considering cartoon writing is one of the most creative forms of writing there is. Fortunately, creativity is not as ethereal as some might lead you to believe.
Neil Gaiman (CORALINE) will write English scripts for a Chinese-produced 3-D trilogy based on the legend of the Monkey King, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
20th Century Fox has bought Chris Baldi's script SCAVENGERS and attached DIARY OF A WIMPY KID director Thor Freudenthal to helm, reports Deadline.com.
Walt Disney Pictures has picked up the rights to Dave Andron’s sci-fi pitch THE RUNNER, reports Deadline.com.
One of the most useful maxims in life is known by the acronym K.I.S.S. I'm sure you've heard of it. It stands for “Keep It Simple Stupid”. But simplicity is not just the key to a happy life; it's also the key to great storytelling—which only makes sense because stories are about life. Well-written animated features, no matter how complex they may seem upon first viewing, have basic character and plot elements that are very simple. To create a simple, well-constructed story you need only answer the following questions...
There are only two things you need to do to become a better writer: study and write. The question is: are you studying and writing optimally? I wrote screenplays for Columbia and Paramount on instinct, and wrote hundreds of animation scripts the same way. But I’d never really “learned” how to write. I finally decided to get serious about my craft and read all the best-selling screenwriting books. I learned quite a bit. But one of the most important things I learned was that WHAT you read is only half of the journey. HOW to read is the other. Learn the three R's and become a better screenwriter...
The Animation Picture Company has bought the script ZOMBIE PET SHOP from writer E.L. Katz, reports Variety.
Wolfgang Petersen has been tapped for Paramount Pictures' adaptation of John Scalzi's sci-fi novel OLD MAN'S WAR, reports Deadline.com.