Save the Baby! On the Benefits of the Three-Act Screenplay Structure


Poor old three-act structure. It gets hammered away at, like an old punching bag, every time someone wants to challenge the primacy of the formulaic Hollywood screenwriting methods. “Take that! You follow-the-dots, color-within-the-lines, stodgy old armature!” Poor, poor three-act structure.…  Read more


Forever Ally: Adapting Poetry to the Screen

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Currently featured on Filmmaker‘s curated Kickstarter page is Forever Ally, a short film by Iyabo Boyd. In this guest post, she writes about her process adapting a work of poetry she discovered one night at a reading. Check out her…  Read more


“It’s Just a General”: How to Take a General Meeting

At some point in your career, things are going to break your way — you’ll be lucky enough to have your crowdfunded labor of love generate some heat at a big festival. Or your short film will go viral. Or…  Read more


Note This! How to Successfully — and Thankfully — Receive Notes on Your Film or Screenplay

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“I would write a book, or a short story, at least three times — once to understand it, the second time to improve the prose, and a third to compel it to say what it still must say.” – Bernard…  Read more