The Words on the Page

Writing for film, television, and the stage is, in my opinion, one of the most difficult - and most rewarding - art forms. The language needs to be visual and evocative as each script must achieve two important tasks. First, it must be an easy read. On paper, it should tell a compelling story and flow as easily as a novel as, if it doesn't past the first test of being read and enjoyed, it will never amount to anything more than a pile of pages in a drawer. But being an easy read isn't enough. Scripts also have to serve as a blueprint for the finished product and need to tell the story in a manner that allows the reader to picture it in his or her mind's eye. The characters need to be memorable and leap off the page; the story must come to life.

 

In addition to writing scripts of their own, I believe all writers can learn and benefit from studying scripts that have launched successful movies, television shows, and plays. For the next year, on each Tuesday, I'll be posting my thoughts on a piece.

May 23, 2017

I was looking for an edgy, non-traditional romantic comedy (read: one that doesn't essentially end in a wedding), and Celeste And Jesse Forever more than fit the bill. An indie flick about two best friends who are trying to maintain their friendship following their...

May 9, 2017

Directly under its title on the cover page, Gravity tells us it's "A Space Suspense in 3D." It's an interesting inclusion as I instantly know what I'm in for. If I was a reader looking for a sci-fi piece or for a story in outer space, I'd defi...

May 2, 2017

Bridge of Spies by Charman and the Coen brothers is a compelling read. Taking place during the Cold War, it centers around an exchange of prisoners. From the beginning it is evident that its conclusion will hit that coveted mark of being both inevitable and surprising...

January 24, 2017

The first element of It Happened One Night that really captured me was the set up of Ellie, the movie's feisty female protagonist. A ship full of sailors is frightened of her, all refusing to bring her a meal as she's thrown ketchup bottles at and otherwise pre...

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