A new series featuring reflections on writing from the famed writer.

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Stephen King

I had not read Stephen King’s memoir On Writing for several years when it occurred to me to do so again. While at it, why not share reflections from the renowned writer in a weekly Sunday series at Go Into The Story?

King is a prolific author. Fair to say that is an understatement. One need only glance at a roster of his written works to determine that. If any contemporary writer has earned the right to reflect on the craft, it would be King. However, that is not…


One month. FADE IN to FADE OUT. Creativity meets Productivity

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Zero Draft Thirty: Day 7.

Write an entire draft of a script in March — FADE IN. FADE OUT. Or any sort of creative goal you have in front of you.

Feature length movie screenplay. Original TV pilot. Rewrite a current project. Break a story in prep. Generate a month’s worth of story concepts.

Whatever you feel will ratchet your creative ambitions into overdrive…

DO THAT!

To download your very own Zero Draft Thirty calendar — designed and created by Steven Dudley — and track your daily progress:


The entire 6 part series on the indie comedy starring Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, and J.K. Simmons.

This week, we have been reading, analyzing, and discussing the script and movie Palm Springs. Screenplay by Andy Siara, story by Andy Siara.

Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
Takeaways

Plot summary: When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honor Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated as they are unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.

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For my 7-part series on How to Read a Screenplay, go here.

30 Days of Screenplays: Volume 1

30 Days of Screenplays: Volume 2

To access over 90 analyses of previous movie scripts we have read and discussed at Go Into The Story, go here.


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Winterlight Pictures has acquired the rights to vampire thriller spec script “Dark West” written by Richard Kadrey. Via The Wrap:

“Dark West” is a vampire revenge thriller set on the highways of Texas that follows two car thieves who accidentally T-bone a pair of vampires in the middle of the night. The story is in the vein of the classic ’80s horror films “The Hitcher” and Kathryn Bigelow’s “Near Dark.”

It is an option deal. Kiah Roache-Turner has been brought on to adapt the screenplay with the potential to direct the movie.

Kadrey is repped by Paradigm.

By my count, this is the 7th spec script deal in 2021.

There was 1 spec script deal year-to-date in 2020.


Written by Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack

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The movie version of the opening:

Read my interview with screenwriter Craig Borten here.

Page One is a daily Go Into The Story series featuring the first page of notable movie scripts from the classic era to contemporary times. Comparing them is an excellent way to study a variety of writing styles and see how professional writers start a story.

For more Page One posts, go here.

You may follow the daily conversation on Twitter as I cross-post there: @GoIntoTheStory.


Conversation with WandaVision series creator and show runner.

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The new Disney+ TV series WandaVision just wrapped its nine-episode run and at least in little part of my social media world, it sparked quite a bit of discussion, most all of it favorable.


One month. FADE IN to FADE OUT. Creativity meets Productivity.

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Zero Draft Thirty: Day 6.

Write an entire draft of a script in March — FADE IN. FADE OUT. Or any sort of creative goal you have in front of you.

Feature length movie screenplay. Original TV pilot. Rewrite a current project. Break a story in prep. Generate a month’s worth of story concepts.

Whatever you feel will ratchet your creative ambitions into overdrive…

DO THAT!

To download your very own Zero Draft Thirty calendar — designed and created by Steven Dudley — and track your daily progress:


Read the script for this indie comedy starring Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, and J.K. Simmons.

Reading scripts. Absolutely critical to learn the craft of screenwriting. The focus of this bi-weekly series is a deep structural and thematic analysis of each script we read. Our daily schedule:

Monday: Scene-By-Scene Breakdown
Tuesday: Plot
Wednesday: Characters
Thursday: Themes
Friday: Dialogue
Saturday: Takeaways

Today: Takeaways.

This week, we have been reading, analyzing, and discussing the script and movie Palm Springs.


Conversation with WandaVision series creator and show runner.

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The new Disney+ TV series WandaVision just wrapped its nine-episode run and at least in little part of my social media world, it sparked quite a bit of discussion, most all of it favorable.


Written by Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes

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The movie version of the opening:

The movie has a LOT more exposition tying the story to the movie Annabelle.

Per Wikipedia:

The two main films and its five spin-offs have proven themselves to be successful at the box office, having combined earnings of over $1.8 billion worldwide, against a combined budget of $139.5 million,[9] making the Conjuring Universe the second highest-grossing horror franchise in history and one of the most critically acclaimed.

Page One is a daily Go Into The Story series featuring the first page of notable movie scripts…

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