Tag Archives: Save the Cat

Wonder Princess

Oh, joy! It’s the weekend! That time when we play! This is how I’m playing: Four mile hike in the Hollywood Hills (commencing in T-minus eleven minutes) Pre-timing a script Preparing a production packet for Monday Knocking out draft one … Continue reading

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A Lil Gem For You

Due to my Balls-out schedule over the next few weeks, the majority of my entries will be microblogs. Unless I get really pissed off over something. Today’s treat is a recent podcast from KCRW’s The Business. Scribes Robert Ben Garant … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on Scribal Maintenance

Around the same time that I published my previous post, I also wrote a guest article on the importance of voice for the Save the Cat! blogsite. I enjoyed working both of these blogs; there was a synchronicity to them, … Continue reading

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Danger! Multitasking Zone Ahead! plus a recipe

Last Wednesday, I decided to throw myself into culinary abandon, and whip up a most savory of suppers. Earlier that day, I had banged out several pages of a spec comedy after abandoning the previous style that my partner and … Continue reading

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What a Week!

You may have noticed that HRH has been a wee silent this last week. Not because I have little to say – heaven forbid that – but, instead, I’ve been very, very busy. My partner and I have been prepping … Continue reading

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Action!

Last week, I ranted about various reasons why a script may not survive market. One of of the biggest challenges a screenwriter faces is overwriting. It’s a common occurrence; ye gods, my first screenplay? Stinky. Overwritten to excess. Filled with … Continue reading

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Characters Count

I was speaking with an aspiring screenwriter the other day, who was reading one of my favorite books on screenwriting. She said, “Why should I pay attention to anything he says? He doesn’t have any credits on IMDb.” Oy. Credits … Continue reading

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Winding It Up

Ah, pitch season approacheth. That time of year when screenwriters ’round the globe spend their hard-earned dollars on that oh-so-tantalizing event, the pitch fest. What is a pitch fest? Simply put, it is a happening at which writers cough up … Continue reading

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Playing it Safe

We’ve all done it, in one draft or another. Played it safe with our story. Made the world or choices too easy. Building a story may be construction, but it is construction on a site in which hazards should be … Continue reading

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Characters Count

I spend a great deal of time talking about structure – the principles of it, the necessity of it, and how your story will come to a screeching halt without it. That being said, kind lords and ladies of the … Continue reading

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It’s Not a Script – Part 3

You have nurtured your script lovingly. You have learned to not protect your characters. You have built arcs, engineered jaw-dropping twists. You have written and rewritten. Your feedback is incorporated. You have typed FADE TO BLACK for the very last … Continue reading

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The Helicopter Writer

Do you hover around your characters incessantly? Do you place them in danger – but not enough? Do you strive to protect them from their own foibles and weaknesses? Do you love them so much, that the world’s refusal to … Continue reading

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Your Script Needs More Cowbell

A few weeks ago, I posted a series of blogs on why your script is most likely not a script. Not yet. Later, we talked about the essential of embracing the rewrite – or, to be honest, the rewrites – … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Starter Screenplay

Earlier this year, I had the immense pleasure of sitting down for a cup of coffee with Adam Levenberg, author of The Starter Screenplay. Levenberg is one of Hollywood’s top script consultants. He brings his years of experience in the industry … Continue reading

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A Season of Giving – Hometown Heroes

As a thank you to Sheridan at My PDF Scripts, I’ve deleted the posts in regard to copyright infringement et al. In the spirit of the holidays, I’m returning to this favorite post ~ HRH, Princess Scribe Every now and … Continue reading

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