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My advice to aspiring screenwriters would be to find your voice, and by that I mean find the type of story you want to tell and how you want to tell it. You know, find what’s important to you and stick to that.

- Rian Johnson

Good advice for writers in general.

And in life as well.

(via dogandbutterfly)


  1. Get your notebook
  2. Watch a movie
  3. Make a hashmark for every thing that HAPPENS
  4. Open your screenplay
  5. Repeat step 3
  6. Compare


  • An action that pushes the story forward. Pro tip: Look for verbs.


  • Emily asks for a divorce
  • Molly smashes a photo of Cal and Emily,…

Interesting approach. Will try one day.

Good writing is remembering detail most people want to forget. Don’t forget things that were painful or embarrassing or silly. Turn them into a story that tells the truth.
— Paula Danzinger (via videoassocdallas)

On writing - How to structure a one-hour drama


When I first started writing television scripts, I had zero idea how to structure a story. I was good at dialogue and character, but how was I supposed to take all that talking and charactering and turn it into television? All I’d ever written for was the stage and all my characters ever did was talk. But TV needs to have a story.

So I did what nerds do: I tried to find an answer by reading a lot of books. Unfortunately, none of the many books I read could give me the equivalent of SAVE THE CAT for television. SAVE THE CAT distills 75+ years of story theory into one formula that more or less captures how any good movie script should look. Now, I’m of the opinion that Hollywood has become overly reliant on the STC formula, but it’s an excellent place to start and certainly not something that anyone but the most seasoned professionals should ever seriously consider deviating from.

Eventually, I realized that the answer was right in front of me the whole time: the SAVE THE CAT for televisions is… SAVE THE CAT. The SAVE THE CAT film structure fits VERY neatly with TV structure, it’s just that the act breaks are in slightly different places.

Here, then, is SAVE THE CAT appropriated for TV drama. I’m writing it out because if I’d had it when I was first starting, it could have saved me a lot of frustrating trial and error.

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What advice would I give writers and directors? I would just say try to be great, try to give extra, try to be bold, try to invent your own reality, try to do what’s not been done before … Find some kind of magic, go towards something that’s inexplicable.
Harmony Korine (BAFTA interview - ‘On Filmmaking’)


Nikyatu Jusu is a writer/director/filmmaker born in the US to Sierra Leonean-immigrant parents.

While completing undergrad at Duke University, she became enamored with the craft of film making, leading her to complete an MFA in film at New York University.

Her short films, African Booty ScratcherBlack Swan Theory and Say Grace Before Drowning have won her numerous awards, including a Director’s Guild Honorable Mention and an HBO Short Film Award. Say Grace Before Drowning also earned her a Spike Lee Scholarship, as well as a Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship. HBO has acquired her films.

Currently, she’s working on her first feature, Free The Town, to be shot on location in Freetown, Sierra Leone. We caught up with Nikyatu to discuss her first feature film, feminism on the continent, and what it takes to be an Afro-feminist in the film industry.

Connect with Nikyatu | Website: nikyatu.com | Twitter: @Nikyatu | LinkedIn

By using science fiction we can examine big social and societal issues and ask difficult questions about subjects that concern all of us, and we can do it without pointing directly at any individual or group, any particular religion or country, any specific corporation or government.

Science fiction allows us to shine a spotlight on something, bring it to the attention of the world, and say “Look at this! Look what is happening! Look what they’ve done!”

— Robert Grant - Writing the Science Fiction Film.