Theme is the most important element of any screenplay. It aligns and focuses the plot, subplots, characters and dialogue. It is the Rosetta stone which allows you to translate that great concept you have into a great screenplay. But that’s not all it does...
Following its animated hit "Despicable Me" and a just-opened 3D theme park ride at Universal Studios Orlando, Illumination Entertainment has set an untitled feature spinoff based on The Minions as its fifth feature film with Universal.
I recently went to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and looked at dozens of pencil drawings by Gustav Klimt. Surprisingly, I made an interesting mental connection with screenplay outlines: A pencil drawing visualizing what is going to be painted is to an oil what a screenplay is to a film.
“Hellraiser” creator and prolific horror and fantasy writer Clive Barker will rewrite the action horror project “Zombies vs. Gladiators” for Amazon Studios.
DRAGON AGE: DAWN OF THE SEEKER, with a screenplay by award-winner, Jeffrey Scott, is now available on Blu-Ray-DVD combo. Read the review.
Commercials director Nic Mathieu will make his directorial debut on the Warner Bros. sci-fi project, “The Wind,” scripted by "Men in Black 3" writer David Koepp.
Peter Weller, Ariel Winter and David Selby are among the actors lending their voices to the Jay Oliva-directed “Dark Knight” animated film.
Last month I asked my readers what their favorite animated series of the last 50 years were. Now the votes are in...
Alcon Entertainment announced that Hampton Fancher, the original writer of “Blade Runner,” is working on a follow-up to Ridley Scott's landmark 1982 sci-fi film.
In an interview with Daily Variety, screenwriter John Spaihts, who shares a writing credit on “Prometheus” with “Lost” creator Damon Lindelof, said the idea for the “Alien” prequel was hatched from a general meeting he took at Scott Free, director Ridley Scott's production banner, back in 2009.
Illumination Entertainment, the company behind the recent family hit Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, and Universal are teaming up to bring Clifford the Big Red Dog to the big screen.
David Stem and David Weiss, the writing team behind last year's “The Smurfs,” have been signed to write “The Ringling Brothers” for Paramount.
Warner Bros. announced that the first-ever full length, theatrical LEGO movie will open nationwide on February 28, 2014.
The Canadian film, TV and digital media community came out in full force to join the Writers Guild of Canada in celebration of Canadian screenwriters at the 16th annual WGC Screenwriting Awards.
On Tuesday, May 15, the Cartoon Art Museum welcomes Howard Chaykin and Steve Leialoha for a special presentation on the origins of the "Star Wars" comic book and their experiences in creating the official Marvel Comics adaptation of the film.
Science fiction author and comic book writer Chris Roberson announced he will no longer work with DC Comics.
The Productive has opened its doors to industrious animators, digital artists, writers and publishing professionals.
My book, How To Write For Animation, has just been released for the Kindle and other eBook formats. Read what Jeffrey Katzenberg, Stan Lee and others have to say about it.
Fred Patten reviews the first American book devoted to the work of a master of comedy in both animated shorts and live-action features.
You sat before the TV watching them when you were a kid. Now dig up those warm memories and let's find out the favorite cartoons of the past 50 years!
Congratulations to all my friends at Reliance Animation for winning the 2012 FICCI BAF Award for "Best Animated TV Episode"!
Special Guest: OIAF Animators' Picnic 2011 - Part 2
It's the FFAF Pre-Holiday Holiday Spectacular as Joel and Alan continue to bother more legends of international animation trying to eat, drink, and be wary at the Ottawa International Animation Festival 2011, Part 2. PLUS, backstage hijinks and hosting recap of the OIAF 2011 Closing Ceremonies.