Here’s a fascinating document that was used to help sell the series Stranger Things, originally titled Montauk. It contains images from other films (Jaws, E.T., FIrestarter) that evoke the 80s aesthetic and inspiration from the works of Steven Spielberg and Stephen King.
Stage 32 is a website and blog that offers a community for aspiring filmmakers. Each year they promote the “November Write Club.” The challenge is to pick a goal and dedicate yourself to seeing it through.
That first draft you need to finish? Get on it.
That adaptation you’ve been tinkering around with? Knock it out.
That reel that you’ve been wanting for yourself? Build it.
Give yourself a goal or a set of goals that are challenging, but attainable.
The second part of the “November Write Club” challenge is to lift up your fellow participants and make sure to congratulate them on their successes, encourage them when they face setbacks or challenges, and celebrate their dedication to the craft.
Share your process in the ocmments on the Stage 32 blog.
Jamie, Jimmy and Bob are cursed with questions while breaking down the script to The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. Personally, I enjoyed the film — despite the script problems, it had several engaging horror sequences, good acting, and powerful imagery. As a story, if felt more like an episode of a Warrens TV show. (I kept thinking of the X-Files.) So the main characters’ motivations are a little weak, just wanting to solve the mystery of the curse.
Listen up to hear how screenwriters feel about the hot new animated film from Netflix. Writers/Blockbusters is a podcast where the hosts watch movies and discuss the screenwriting/storytelling tricks/tips that they represent. According to co-host Jamie Nash, this episode might just be the greatest. Check it out:
Here’s an article from author Diane Duane about outlining. She learned the discipline of outlining when working in television, where they were a mandatory part of the process of writing. Stories were worked out in writers’ rooms, and although an individual writer would be tasked with drafting each episode. that writer wouldn’t be permitted to just submit a script that hadn’t been through an approval process.