Author: Claudia H. Johnson

Claudia H. Johnson

Claudia H. Johnson is a Pulitzer Prize nominated screenwriter and Screenwriter in Residence at the School of Film, Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA.

Posts by Claudia H. Johnson:

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Writing Screenplays – Everything You Need to Know You Can Learn from City Lights

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Okay, that’s a bald overstatement. You can’t learn everything you need to know about writing screenplays from City Lights, but you can get pretty close if you pay close attention to one scene in the film. You’ve probably seen it—Charlie Chaplin meets the blind flower vendor—but I recommend that you screen it again. Several times,…

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Top Ten Reasons to Write with a Partner

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A former screenwriting student, Tom Kurzanski, e-mailed me one day: I just wanted to thank you for planting the seeds of writing with a partner.  The seeds took root and I partnered up with a good friend and colleague of mine (Michael Young).  Now here I am with a TV pilot that, I feel, is…

Screenwriter connecting with an audience

Because we connect…we watch.

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A screenwriter’s purpose is to connect. “ Only connect, ” E. M. Forster tells us in Howard’s End. He meant it as a rule to live by. I see it as a rule to write by. The best screenplays — long or short — are written by those who know how to connect— to themselves…

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The Purpose of a Screenwriter is to Connect With The Audience

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A screenwriter’s purpose is to connect. “Only connect,” E. M. Forster tells us in Howard’s End. He meant it as a rule to live by. I see it as a rule to write by. The best screenplays — long or short — are written by those who know how to connect — to themselves (their…

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