Category: Articles

Make Your Script Shorter – Without Ruining Your Story

by Tim Schildberger, Head Judge If your script is closing in on – or has passed – 120 pages and your last name isn’t “Scorsese,” it’s too long. When a reader for a rep, a production company, or even some script competitions sees a page count that large, your script is instantly struggling to survive.…
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June 11, 2020 0

5 Things I Felt When Signing with a Manager

This article originally appeared on LA Screenwriter. It is reposted here with permission by the author. by Angela Bourassa, co-founder of Write LA I had the good fortune in 2019 to win the Gold Prize in the sci-fi category at PAGE and to be a finalist with a different script at Austin. The year before,…
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May 28, 2020 0

What Role Does Luck Really Play in Screenwriting Success?

by Angela Bourassa, co-founder of Write LA With the major screenplay competition deadlines coming up, some aspiring screenwriters may be wondering how much of the judging process is really about skill and how much is about luck. The same question can be asked of the people who break through, find representation, and have successful careers…
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April 30, 2020 0

I Won a Major Screenwriting Competition – This is How

by Angela Bourassa, Co-Founder I was fortunate in 2019 to have a very good contest year. A feature of mine won the Gold Prize in the sci-fi category of the PAGE International Screenplay Awards, another feature made the semifinals at the Austin Film Festival in two categories, and a pilot made the finals at AFF…
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April 16, 2020 0

The First Pages of Your Script REALLY Matter – How to Make Them Stronger

by Tim Schildberger, Head Judge In 2019, I read over 400 scripts. Which means I read over 400 opening pages. The vast majority fell somewhere in the categories of “underwhelming” or “downright dull.” Not because the writing was poor or the story made no sense. It was because the opening pages revealed the writer was…
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April 14, 2020 0

7 Ways to Stay Motivated as an Aspiring Screenwriter

by Angela Bourassa One of the hardest truths to learn about screenwriting is just how darn hard it is to break in. I think a lot of us (myself included) assumed when we wrote our first screenplays that we were talented enough and special enough and our idea was original and cool enough that it…
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July 11, 2019 0

The Perils of Scene Description – And How to Improve Yours

by Tim Schildberger, Head Judge of Write/LA Here’s a simple truth: to become a paid screenwriter, you’re going to be read by people who don’t know you, don’t care about you, are earning at best minimum wage reading your words, and have about fifty other scripts waiting for their jaded eyeballs. Doesn’t matter if it’s…
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June 23, 2019 0

5 Story Lessons from Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’

This article was originally posted on LA Screenwriter. It is republished with permission by the author. by Angela Bourassa (@angelabourassa1) Plenty of aspiring screenwriters can write a good script. They know how to format, they know all about structure and pacing and even character development and arcs. But the big piece of the pie that keeps…
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June 4, 2019 0

6 Writing Lessons from AVENGERS: ENDGAME

I want to take a look at some of the story lessons that can be learned from Avengers: Endgame. I’m writing this from a screenwriting perspective, but these lessons are applicable to storytellers of any type.


May 21, 2019 0
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Why Live Reads Matter

by Tim Schildberger Live reads are an incredibly important part of the writing process – and an incredibly underused resource. Let’s be clear – hearing a robot voice on your screenwriting software is not an effective live read. Getting your spouse, your cousin, and the next-door neighbor’s kids to gather in your living room and have…
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