On Despair and Writing

On Despair and Writing

A pal of mine who got his MFA in screenwriting from UCLA talks more about one lecture than any other when he reminisces about his time in the program.  Apparently, it’s a lecture that legendary UCLA screenwriting professor Howard Suber gave every year, and students...
Know the Premise of Your Screenplay

Know the Premise of Your Screenplay

An invaluable resource often cited among screenwriters is The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri.  Intended as a guide for playwriting, its principles have found their way into screenwriting. Egri stresses that the writer must know the premise of the story, that...

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