From Screenplay to Novel – How One Short Scene Became A Whole Chapter

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Here’s the story behind what turned a simple cutaway scene in the screenplay’s third act into a whole *new* chapter in the novel – and why I think it works.

 

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Why your screenplay is not what defines the movie

making moviesHere’s one example of how the best stuff that appears on screen can have nothing to do with what’s in your screenplay… and why that’s great.

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Why we rewrote a perfectly good screenplay – and why you should too

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Why rewrite a screenplay that’s working? Because it’s not. Here’s one story about going back and fixing what we didn’t think was broken.

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How I sold the very first screenplay I ever wrote – and how you can avoid the same fate

write a lot of screenplaysThey say you’ll never sell your very first screenplay. Hear how I sold mine, step by step and learn why you probably shouldn’t do exactly what I did.

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More On Writing Screenplay Description

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Nemo courtesy of Pixar

[Yes, I see the pun in the title]

Over on my post What Bad Science Fiction Can Teach Us About Writing Screenplay Description, Susanna  asked a great question:

What about an animated movie script? I read somewhere that they should be more descriptive than the other ones, is that true? I don’t know to what extent we have to explain what we see for example in a construction site. If the vehicles or objects on it will be important for the actions that will follow do we have to name them first or they can just appear on the action lines? Thank you!!

My reply got lengthy, and when that happens, I’d rather not hide it in the bowels of a reply thread. I’d rather give it its own post.

So here we go.

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Casting the perfect stars for Grampa Was A Superhero

grampa was a superhero movie posterThe producer who’s got Faeries under option right now recently asked us to put together a dream cast … if we could have anyone we wanted, who would we put in our movie?

Of course we came up with a hot list of A caliber talent. Hopefully they’re all getting phone calls as we speak.

But it got us thinking… who would we cast in the screenplay we’re polishing right now, Grampa Was A Superhero?

Of course, there’s one huge “get” that we would die to have in the starring role of the charming but confused 83 year old Grampa, who once starred as the superhero Captain Liberty in 1959…

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