Archive for May 2nd, 2011

May 2, 2011

Free Event: Script Mag Hollywood Meetup Tomorrow

Script Mag is hosting a free meetup tomorrow night. Here are the details:

Come out to Hollywood and enjoy a fun night of great food, drinks and conversation at Script Magazine’s next Hollywood Meetup!

Tuesday, May 3, 7-10pm at Cat N’ Fiddle Pub & Restaurant – 6530 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028-7202

Script Magazine’s Meetup is an informal gathering of Script Magazine readers, screenwriters and entertainment industry professionals. The perfect place to community-build, network, make new friends, find a writing partner and get involved with likeminded professionals.

The event will be hosted by Script Magazine’s West Coast/Web Editor, Joshua Stecker. Other contributors from Script Magazine and Final Draft, Inc. will also be in attendance.

May 2, 2011

10 Writing Tips from the Great Billy Wilder

Scott Myers of GoIntotheStory.com recently posted this list of ten writing tips passed down by the amazing Billy Wilder. Wilder was the scribe behind such classics as Some Like it Hot, The Apartment, The Seven Year Itch, Sabrina, and Double Indemnity, to name a few. Wilder’s gravestone reads “I’m a writer, but then nobody’s perfect.”

1. Grab ’em by the throat and never let go.

2. Develop a clean line of action for your leading character.

3.The more subtle and elegant you are in hiding your plot points, the better you are as a writer.

4. If you have a problem with the third act, the real problem is in the first act.

5. Tip from Ernst Lubitsch: Let the audience add up two plus two. They’ll love you forever.

6. The audience is fickle. Know where you’re going.

7. In doing voice-overs, be careful not to describe what the audience already sees. Add to what they are seeing.

8. The event that occurs at the second act curtain triggers the end of the movie.

9. The 3rd act must build, build, build in tempo until the last event, and then…

10. …that’s it. Don’t hang around.

May 2, 2011

Quote of the Day: André Gide

The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.