The Film Premise Is Your Calling Card.

I always say that you only get one chance to make a first impression. Of course, this makes me nervous whenever I meet someone for the first time.  As a writer, your first impression is going to be your premise.  Having that high concept with a killer hook that fits...

How Long Should A Screenplay Be?

The old adage about movie script length was under 120 pages for a feature-length film. And while that is true, I believe that 90 pages in the new 120. Think about it like this. If your movie is 90 minutes long, it can screen one additional time per day. If the film is...

Mini Movie Method

In the old days, movies came on film reels. Each reel was about 15 minutes long. The idea of breaking down the story into mini-movies matches up with that. If you have 8 mini-movies that add up to a 2-hour feature-length script. The mini-movie theory also matches up...

what is high concept in film

High-concept films generally need a unique hook in the premise or elevator pitch. This element makes the concept stand out from other films. The “wow” factor captures people’s attention and makes them curious to learn more. The unique hook can be an...

Act 3 Save The Cat Style

If you have read Save the Cat by Blake Snyder, he devised a method to prepare for pitches. He noticed that whenever he pitched a movie concept to a movie executive, he always got the same questions.  He then recognized that the question was about specific beats in the...

How to win a screenwriting Competition

  Screenwriting competitions are a great way to get your script out there. Not only do you have the opportunity to win cash prizes, but you also get feedback from judges who can help improve your script. In this article, I’m going to outline the most...

Oscar Winners For Best Short Film

  2020 – Two Distant Strangers “Two Distant Strangers” won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021. The film received recognition for its powerful and timely exploration of racial injustice and police...

Tips For Writing Short Stories

Writing a great short story differs from writing a great feature film script. The requirements are different, such as combining creativity, focus, and compelling storytelling techniques. Here are some tricks to help you craft a compelling short story: Start with a...

Screenwriting Competitions 101

How to win a screenwriting Competition Screenwriting competitions are a great way to get your script out there. Not only do you have the opportunity to win cash prizes, but you also get feedback from judges who can help improve your script. In this article, I’m...