What Works & What Doesn't: 'Shaun of the Dead'

Column by Christopher Shultz
This instant classic from Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright features some of the best dialogue EVER written.

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Repo Man'

Column by Christopher Shultz
The screenplay for this absurd and surreal classic features some great (and not so great) scene descriptions.

Dalton Trumbo: Who He Was And Why We Should Care

Column by Christopher Shultz November 5, 2015
He's the face of the Hollywood blacklist—and he's played by Bryan Cranston in a new movie—but just who is Dalton Trumbo?

What Works & What Doesn't: 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'

Column by Christopher Shultz October 2, 2015
We're going back to rural Texas to examine Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel's seminal horror masterpiece from a writerly standpoint.

Patton Oswalt's Night Café and the Script that Changed Joss Whedon Forever

Column by Bart Bishop September 23, 2015
A look at Patton Oswalt's concept of the Night Café, a room you enter and leave changed forever. For Joss Whedon, that room was his Alien: Resurrection script.

How Character Likability Kills Movies (and How It Can Save Books)

Column by Peter Derk September 21, 2015
Why does everyone have to be so damn nice? Character likability, how it's killing movies and how it can save books.

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Lost in Translation'

Column by Christopher Shultz September 4, 2015
Sofia Coppola's script not only typifies great nuts and bolts screenwriting, but also how prose-worthy and poetic approaches can influence the process.

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Chinatown'

Column by Christopher Shultz August 31, 2015
It's considered one of the best screenplays ever written, but why? Let's explore what works (and what doesn't work) about 'Chinatown.'

Why 'Fury Road' Is The Best-Written Movie of...Ever!

Column by Peter Derk July 3, 2015
Mad Max: Fury Road's storytelling techniques and flamethrower guitars are unassailable.

5 Great Books About the Craft of Writing

Column by George Cotronis June 19, 2015
Sometimes you'd rather read about writing than write. That's okay, we got you covered.

From Short Story to Film: How I (Co-)Wrote My First Movie Script

Column by Leah Rhyne May 12, 2015
Taking a short story and turning it into a short film script is even scarier than it sounds...but I lived to tell the tale, and now I'll tell you about it!

Screenwriting: Nail The Subtext

Column by Karina Wilson
Creating dynamic subtext in a screenplay is a tough call.
Is a NASCAR driver's ex an assassin?

Art Assassinates Reality: NASCAR, Screenplays, and Former Lovers

News by Peter Derk
Is a NASCAR driver's ex an assassin? Or is he confusing her screenplay with reality?

Ten More Well-Written Horror Films

Column by Christopher Shultz October 31, 2014
One year later...IT RETURNS!!!!
The Massive Mario Movie Never Made

The Massive Super Mario Movie Never Made

News by Peter Derk
Script Writer Max Landis ('Chronicle') shares his 436-page script for Super Mario World.

Screenwriting: The Emotional Spine

Column by Karina Wilson
Got your three acts, your hero's journey and your turning points sorted? Good. But, what's holding them all together? Take your screenplay to the next level by addressing the emotional spine.
Avatars: How to Write 3 Movie Sequels in 5 Months

Avatars: How to Write 3 Movie Sequels in 5 Months

News by Peter Derk June 2, 2014
James Cameron reveals the unusual process he used to write the scripts for 3 'Avatar' sequels

Product Review: Scrivener

Column by Christopher Shultz May 21, 2014
How does this word processor — made by writers, for writers — stack up to other software?

Screenwriting: Turn Turn Turn

Column by Karina Wilson May 8, 2014
Turning points are essential to a compelling screen narrative. Discover how to liven up your dull "this then that" screenplay with timely swerves in story direction.

Screenwriting: Speed Dating The First Five Pages

Column by Karina Wilson January 29, 2014
A screenplay should always have the reader at 'Hello'. Find out how techniques developed chatting up strangers at speed dating events can make your first five pages sing.

5 Storytelling Lessons You Can Learn From the Films of 2013

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky January 3, 2014
Screenwriters and directors are storytellers, too. What can you, as a writer, learn from them?

Should You Become A Multi-Hyphenate?

Column by Kelly Thompson November 18, 2013
I find myself on unfamiliar ground trying to become a "multi-hyphenate." Am I a fool for trying, especially when I'm barely a non-multi-hyphenate? Let's talk.

Ten Exceptionally Well-Written Horror Films

Column by Christopher Shultz October 11, 2013
Looking for some Halloween movies that pack a solid writerly punch? These films deliver the scares as well as satisfy the snob in us, offering fantastic nuances in character, dialogue and plot.

How The Rules Of Screenwriting Can Improve Your Prose Fiction

Column by Christopher Shultz September 12, 2013
Concise character and scene descriptions, emphasis on beats, lean dialogue, and page economy—the hallmarks of a well-written screenplay. Why not well-written prose, too?
Universal Studios

Universal Studios Launches Screenwriters Fellowship

News by Christopher Shultz August 19, 2013
The Emerging Writers Fellowship will select a small number of aspiring film scribes for an intensive year-long program.