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"The First Thing Out of Her Mouth"

I was checking out this service as a possible script 'pre-visualization tool'. For free you can input your lines and basic camera angles to get a quick idea of the flow of your script. For more elaborate sets, change the race of actors and other more advanced options you'll have to fork over some cash. However, for just a quick and dirty pre-vis, it's tough to beat. Here is the first of a series called "Between Men and Women". Text © 2010 H. Wolfgang Porter. All Rights Reserved.

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Technology Killed the Romantic Comedy....

As a screenwriter, I know my limitations. There are somethings I know to stand clear of because I would not do the job well. Comedy is my 'Kryptonite'. I can write humorous elements into a scene, but even that's hit or miss. To be able to bang out scene after scene where laughs are expected takes a level of skill I humbly acquiesce. However, the 'Romantic Comedy' is a different story. A combo of comedic and dramatic elements, the 'RomCom' can blend the serious with the hilarious when done well.…

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Amazon Storybuilder

Here's a new tool for scriptwriters called 'Amazon Storybuilder'. It's a free app that works on your computer or mobile device. Storybuilder emulates the oldschool 'Note cards on a corkboard' used by countless scriptwriters and directors to quickly organize, reorganize or edit elements of a script. I've never used note cards, but I understand the value of them.The app is still in Beta and it's (yuck) cloud-based only. However, you can fit up to 1,000 cards per board and adding a new board is no…

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Tips on 'Pitching' your script....

Any scriptwriter or producer who's ever 'pitched' a script as an 'Indie' knows 'pitching is a bitch'. Hardest part is crow-barring some time in between a busy media professional's time for them to listen to your pitch. Once you get there, the 'fun' begins as you go through the process of taking away every reason for them to say 'No' to your project.Before you so much as make the call to get a coveted appointment for a pitch meeting, you better have a tight script and you better know exactly who…

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Character Arc: Growth or no growth?

One of the hard and fast rules of scriptwriting comes in the form of the 'Character Arc.' During the course of the story, the protagonist undergoes a journey of some type which during so allows her/him to change from what they were to 'something else'. Generally it's a spiritual, moral or sometimes a physical transformation from a person of lesser understanding/capability into someone (or something) with a wider scope or greater capacity. Now here's the thing, just as 'Morpheus' said in the…

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