When you start studying plot structure, it becomes harder and harder to be surprised by a film. You start seeing turning points and act breaks everywhere you look. That’s what makes Beast so refreshing, in a wonderfully dark and terrible way. Watching this film, I was kept in suspense from…


Making it through middle school in one piece is hard. It’s that much harder when your town is plagued by ancient giants determined to destroy everything that you hold dear. …


How do you make a film about mental illness and depression fun? It’s one of the tougher screenwriting challenges — taking a character who is broken and unhappy, and still making him or her entertaining to watch. …


Loglines suck. Even for optioned writers, writing a compelling logline can be a daunting challenge. I know this because I’ve personally given written feedback on over 1,400 loglines, and in that group, I came across maybe ten that were flawlessly written.

Of course, “flawless” is a matter of opinion, but…


(L-R) Jack Quaid as Ben and Maya Erskine as Alice in the romantic comedy “PLUS ONE,” an RLJE Films release. Photo courtesy of RLJE Films.

The rom-com is back! Thanks in large part to Netflix movies like Set It Up and Always Be My Maybe and theatrical releases like Isn’t It Romantic, audiences (and more importantly, producers) have opened their hearts and minds to a new generation of romantic comedy — a genre that will…


Matt Lieberman is having quite the moment. Since 2018, a whopping seven films have been produced from his screenplays including The Christmas Chronicles 1&2, Scoob!, The Addams Family, and the upcoming films Free Guy and Rumble.

I recently had the chance to chat with Matt about his writing career, his…


This article originally appeared on Write/LA. It is reprinted here by the author with permission.

One of the hardest truths to learn about screenwriting is just how darn hard it is to break in. I think a lot of us (myself included) assumed when we wrote our first screenplays that…


(L-R) Writers / directors Bryan Woods and Scott Beck on set of the horror / thriller HAUNT, a Momentum Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Momentum Pictures.

I am not a horror person. A Quiet Place was actually the first horror movie I went to see in theaters because, while it looked terrifying, I was willing to risk the potential nightmares to see such a high concept film that John Krasinski repeatedly referred to as “a love…


Show, don’t tell. It’s advice we’ve all heard over and over again, and it’s good advice. Frankly, it isn’t followed nearly enough.

But the “show don’t tell” mantra is incomplete, because there are certain bits of story information that simply need to be explained verbally to the audience. …


This article was originally posted on LA Screenwriter. It is republished with permission by the author.

by Angela Bourassa (@angelabourassa1)

I had the good fortune this past year to win the Gold Prize in the sci-fi category at PAGE and to be a finalist with a different script at Austin…

Angela Bourassa

WGA writer, mom, repeat binger of The Office

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