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Hero’s Journey: The Treasure of The Sierra Madre (1948)

Nov 6, 2016 Phil Parker 0 Films, Screenwriting, Writing , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

In this ongoing series, I give a basic breakdown of a film plot, as seen through the eyes of a screenwriter, and its use (conscious, or not) of a classic story structure that has its roots in the myths of ancient times. By seeing how different physical and emotional plot points…


Big Break Competition Update!

Oct 18, 2016 Phil Parker 0 News, Screenwriting, Screenwriting News , , , , , , , , ,

21-11-16 UPDATE: The Third Bomb beat out thousands of other scripts to make it to the semifinals. One of the world’s top 10 screenwriting competitions – Final Draft’s Big Break Contest – announced its quarterfinalists earlier this month and my WWII action/ adventure script ‘The Third Bomb’ made the list! Very…


Screenwriter Phil Parker hired again!

Sep 28, 2016 Phil Parker 0 News, Screenwriting, Screenwriting News , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Job complete. Client thrilled. Hired again! That’s the kind of news I love to hear! Recently, the award-winning filmmakers at Tent Picture Productions contracted me to write a comprehensive treatment/ outline for their animated feature film, ‘A Street Cat Named Anbar’. With only minimal character outlines and a basic concept…

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Black List Praises Indigenous Sci-Fi script KINDRED

Jun 10, 2016 Phil Parker 0 News, Screenwriting, Screenwriting News , , , , , , , , , , , ,

INDIGENOUS SCI-FI SCRIPT IMPRESSES THE BLACK LIST Great feedback continues to roll in for our Indigenous sci-fi feature-length screenplay, ‘Kindred’! The prestigious (and notoriously hard to please) film industry website, The Black List, had this to say: “Kindred is imaginative, action-packed, and exciting… filled to the gills with obstacles and action,…


Indigenous Sci-Fi script ‘Kindred’ Earns High Praise

Jun 4, 2016 Phil Parker 1 News, Screenwriting, Screenwriting News , , , , , , , ,

Off the back of his multi-award winning screenplay, ‘The Third Bomb‘, screenwriter Phil Parker was hired to write ‘Kindred‘ – an action/ sci-fi story by director Josh Bryer. Set in the Australian Outback – and with Indigenous Australians in lead roles – Kindred is a rollicking adventure in the vein…


Screenwriting job complete. Client thrilled!

Apr 17, 2016 Phil Parker 4 News, Screenwriting, Screenwriting News , , , , , , , ,

After being selected from a short list of screenwriters, I was hired to turn the outline of a great story into a great screenplay. But only pages 15 to 85! The client was to write the rest. However, once I finished – the client was so happy with my work…



Oct 21, 2015 Phil Parker 0 Quick Film Reviews, Screenwriting , , , , , , , , ,

THE MARTIAN: Was the hero too perfect? I’ve seen The Martian twice now. The first time I really liked it. Gave it a 8.5/10. The second time, I liked it, but not as much. Gave it a 7.5/10. And now, looking into the future I’m wondering… will this be one…


A Warning to New Screenwriters by Billy Ray

Aug 9, 2015 Phil Parker 0 Screenwriting , , ,

Brilliant bits of wisdom for new screenwriters from Billy Ray, screenwriter of Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games. This is an excerpt from his speech to the winners of the 2012 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. “The only variable you will ever have any control over is your willingness to…

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