Didn’t obviously read all of them, but those I read were very good. I like the thing about ‘vertical’ scripts, and I like the idea about grading your scenes to make them as good as possible. That is in fact a very, very good idea.
Yeah, those were two of my favorites. Completely changed the way I write.
"Agents and producers still preach the Gospel According to Syd Field; budding hacks clutch tattered copies of Field’s Screenplay and The Screenwriter’s Workbook, handy guides that boil down classics like Chinatown into the sort of paradigm charts you’d study in a Harvard Business School efficiency seminar. Ever watch a movie and get the feeling that you know exactly what’s going to happen? Well, you’re supposed to. A teacher and lecturer, Field isn’t famous for writing any landmark scripts of his own, just for telling Hollywood how to do it."
So true. I think some screenwriting tips are helpful, but in the end, only creativity can really help you. And that can’t be taught. But these tips are good, that’s not the point, the point was that screenwriting tips can be really stupid sometimes.
In my opinion, the best work comes when all the tips are second-nature or if you don’t know them at all.
Yeah, there’s a lot of garbage out there. But at the same time there’s a lot of good stuff out there
too. It’s tricky sometimes trying to figure out who’s full of shit and who’s not. I thought about putting
a disclaimer at the top of the post telling people that each article is, for the most part, just one person’s opinions based on their own experiences but I thought it better just to make the info available and let people do with it what they want.