Several of you have asked me for instructions on how to set up Microsoft Word “styles” for script writing. A style is simply a saved bundle of formatting instructions. If you are familiar with screenwriting software such as Final Draft or Screenwriter, you know that what they basically do is make it easier to write scripts by automatically formatting script elements, fonts, paragraphs, etc. If you follow the instructions below you will turn Microsoft Word into a simple but effective screenwriting program.
Talk about inspiration just being in the air, a day after it was announced that DreamWorks has acquired a Harry Houdini/ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle script from J. Michael Straczynski, Deadline.com reveals that Syfy is in talks on a Harry Houdini/ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle series.
Shane Black (KISS KISS BANG BANG) has pitched his take on IRON MAN 3 to Marvel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Melissa Rosenberg, who has adapted the TWILIGHT SAGA for the screen, is in talks to pen the reboot of HIGHLANDER, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
DreamWorks has picked up J. Michael Straczynski's script VOICES FROM THE DEAD, reports Deadline.com.
Warner Bros. is in talks to acquire HARKER, writers Lee Shipman & Brian McGreevy's reworking of DRACULA, reports Deadline.com.
Jerry Bruckheimer has picked up a space adventure from writer Jon Spaihts (PROMETHEUS), reports Variety.
CBS Films has picked up feature rights to Marie Lu's forthcoming fantasy novel LEGEND, reports Variety.
Here's a tip for professional television and film writers. If you haven't thought of this one yet it will save you time by eliminating the need to write some things twice. But best of all, in just a couple of minutes it will let you see that you've probably already drafted over half of your script. And that will make most any writer feel GREAT! What I do is this: After I've written an outline, and am ready to start the script, I cut and paste the outline directly into my script document. But then I take it one important step further...
After creator/exec producer/director Frank Darabont let go his entire writing staff on WALKING DEAD, there was speculation that he'd make TV history and forego a staff for season two.
Paramount has tapped Steve Zaillian (SCHINDLER'S LIST) to rework the latest Jack Ryan film, according The Hollywood Reporter.
Disney is in talks with TOY STORY 3 scribe Michael Arndt to pen SNOW AND THE SEVEN, reports Heat Vision.
If you want to write animation—or if you just want to produce or direct it—it’s important to know the difference between live action and animation writing. Animation stories are developed pretty much the same as in live action. You come up with a concept, sometimes called a premise, describing the basic beginning, middle and end of the story. The next stage is an outline, laying out each scene, including action and gags. The final step is the script, with full scene description and dialogue. The script form in animation is virtually identical to live action. It’s the differences that are important to understand.
John Woo, along with Essential Ent. and Lion Rock Prods., is set to produce an English-lingo remake of his seminal actioner THE KILLER, reports ComingSoon.net.
Mark Heyman (BLACK SWAN) has been tapped to write Fox Searchlight's sci-fi tale AGE OF RAGE, which Marc Webb (SPIDER-MAN reboot) is set to direct, according to Heat Vision.
David Milch (NYPD BLUE, DEADWOOD, LUCK) will adapt the noir videogame HEAVY RAIN into a feature script, reports Variety.
ABC has given the greenlight to a new detective procedural, starring Edgar Allen Poe, writes The Hollywood Reporter.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for this year’s Academy Awards.
Mafia II had me talking like a tough-guy the whole time I played it. Although I still can't say “wack a guy” without giggling just a little.
EW reports that Liam Neeson will reprise the role of Qui-Gon Jinn from STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE in upcoming episodes of CLONE WARS.
Mark Bailey (PANDEMIC: FACING AIDS, GHOST OF ABU GHRAIB) has been tapped to pen the script for a BLACK PANTHER feature for Marvel, according to Heat Vision.
John D. Payne and Patrick McKay (GOLIATH) have been hired to transform Spike TV's THE DEADLIEST WARRIOR into a fictional feature, reports Variety.