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Screenwriting job complete. Client thrilled!

Apr 17, 2016 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…

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ON SCREENWRITING: How to introduce main characters

Mar 17, 2016 0 Screenwriting, Writing

In screenwriting, you’ve only got the first 10 to 15 pages to make people care about your hero. Make them count! #screenwriting #amwriting #storiesbyphil #writerforhire

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SCREENWRITER AT THE MOVIES: ‘The Martian’ (2015)

Oct 21, 2015 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…

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A Warning to New Screenwriters by Billy Ray

Aug 9, 2015 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. https://medium.com/art-science/a-warning-for-our-next-great-screenwriters-4af580c2e0b7. “The only variable you will ever have any control over is your willingness to…

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The Fantastic Snore: Why comic book movies leave me feeling empty inside.

Aug 5, 2015 2 Quick Film Reviews, Screenwriting

Tonight, the guy sitting behind us in the cinema caught some Zs while we were watching The Fantastic Four. At the end, his friend nudged him awake and the napper asked, “What happened?” Well, gee, I thought, where do I start? There were boring characters, a boring plot and a…

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Black List review of ‘The Third Bomb’

Aug 3, 2015 0 News, Screenwriting, Screenwriting News

BLACK LIST READER LOVES ‘THE THIRD BOMB’ My WWII action/ adventure screenplay ‘The Third Bomb’ received a great review on the prestigious industry website ‘The Black List’ www.blcklst.com not too long ago. The life of a screenwriter is filled with lots of rejection, so it’s days like this I have…

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