By little black duck July 16, 2012
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14 things I need to remember while I get back into the groove of screenwriting:
- The sky’s the limit because you haven’t seen a budget.
- The producer probably isn’t going to let you break an actress’ teeth with a shovel but you can write the scene anyway.
- Christopher Walken doesn’t work for scale so stop trying to write him in.
- When you know you’ll be at the helm, you only have your own imagination stopping you from getting the shot so aim high.
- It’s a movie – pretend and make-believe, but the audience still won’t buy a unicorn fighting a zombie on post-apocalyptic Mars.
- There are no unicorns in your story and it doesn’t take place on Mars.
- You probably shouldn’t write while high on antihistamines.
- Your audience isn’t stupid.
- It is never a dark and stormy night, except when it is, but unless the dark and stormy night is a character, don’t dwell on the weather.
- Weather is not the same as atmosphere.
- If it hurts you to break your character’s heart, break it twice.
- If a character utters the words, “Well as you know …”, you need to work on your exposition.
- Your heroes are Serling and Koepp and Walker. Remember why you love them.
- Get back to work.
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