TAG: Writing

Tyler Weaver

Fade Out


You’ve been rewriting like a madman(woman). You have killed babies. You stuck your character in a tree and threw rocks. Then scratched that out and shot at them with a gatling gun. You put your characters through a living hell of their own creation, created out of their own wants and needs, their own goals…

Film Industry

Nobody’s Perfect: The Unpaid Set-Up


“If you’ve got a problem in your third act, your problem is in the first act.” So said my favorite writer/director, Billy Wilder. Wilder is, without a doubt, one of the finest talents the film industry has ever seen. He’s renowned for his pay-offs that bring the story full circle, usually doing it in one…

Film Outline

Tip #21: Outline! So That You Have a Plan to Ditch Once You Start Writing


No plan survives contact with the enemy. – Helmuth von Moltke the Elder First: how cool is that guy’s name? That’s exactly the sort of weird and wonderful name you should be giving your characters. Second, our friend Helmuth is absolutely right about no plan surviving contact with the enemy. But do note Helmuth’s implication…


Rewrites: The Thinklikea Method for Screenwriters


Since we’re talking rewrites, I’d like to share with you a little piece of my rewriting method. I call it the “Thinklikea” method (note this has nothing to do with Ikea, or putting gun to head because of that little stick dude in the Ikea instruction manuals). Here’s how it breaks down… First Draft: Thinklikea……

Screenwriting Rewrites

Rewrites: The Importance of Chains


As screenwriters, we already have limitations on us in terms of format. Sometimes we have limitations when we write for others, giving them what they want (with a nice dash of what we want, of course). As writer/directors, we have budgetary limitations on us (resulting in a smorgasbord of sub-par, single-room films with boring characters,…

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Planning Your Script: A Feast of Post-Its


We’ve talked first drafts and the pros and cons of handwriting them, but now we’re going to step backwards into what I do before I pull out the legal pads and pens and chicken scratch the page up in a week-long flurry of manic, over-caffeinated, under-rested fury: I plan. A lot. By plan, I don’t…

Tyler Weaver

Screenplay First Drafts-Out of Your Brain and Onto the Page


I came into filmmaking and writing through composing music. Near the end of my tenure as a scribbler of notations for other people to play (come to think of it, that’s pretty much what I do now), I was working on multimedia pieces that involved scripts and carefully choreographed music pieces – which was no…

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