You Do What It Takes

In 1989, my wife and I were sitting in a movie theatre watching the premiere of a picture called FIELD OF DREAMS. It starred an almost-unknown man, Kevin Costner, an older man, Burt Lancaster, and the magnificent James Earl Jones, in one of his last roles. None of us had […] Read more »

THE SECRETS OF SCREENWRITING – PART TWO

This article originally appeared in MovieMaker magazine, and is reprinted with permission. 3. DON’T BE A SLAVE TO STRUCTURE. Aristotle and his successors prescribed an exact form for drama, but there are countless successful examples otherwise, providing that each film can be judged unto itself before it is judged according […] Read more »

THE SECRETS OF SCREENWRITING – PART ONE

Note: this article first appeared in MovieMaker Magazine, and is reprinted with permission. A COMMON PROBLEM discussed by many professional writers, as well as first-timers, is “writer’s block.” Apparently, they define this as getting stuck at a certain point in the story. Associated phenomena include headaches, nervous stomach, and various […] Read more »