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The Script Revolution blog is all about articles that may help screenwriters and filmmakers develop their craft, maximise opportunities, and stay updated on the latest news about the site. This isn't a place where you'll find fear-mongering and browbeating, nor is it a conduit for rule delusions and service advertising. Guest posts are more than welcome and offer a way for members to generate a little more exposure for themselves.

Fiona Faith Ross 12 Apr 2017 5

"Finished", a term that finds a clear definition in a dictionary but feels pretty damn ambiguous in the world of screenwriting. Where is the finish line? Does such a thing exist or does the old adage "the final draft is the one that's shot" always hold true? On top of all this, just when should we leave well alone, trust our gut, and stop adding salt and sugar to different reader's tastes? In this blog, Fiona Faith Ross tackles these questions and tries desperately to help us maintain some sanity - CJ

John Hunter 05 Apr 2017 1

This week, John Hunter returns with another featherweight article the packs a powerful punch. This industry is obsessed with writers following some sort of formula and that mentality goes all the way up from the amateur writer picking up their copy of Save The Cat to producers who believe hitting the right switches will make a surefire hit. You know what, maybe they're right to follow this logic, but all this can surely result in is sausage meat and nobody is every going to feel fulfilled working in a sausage factory - CJ

Stephen Barber 29 Mar 2017 0

As you may have noticed, I've switched on the cabin lights. Myself and the flight crew hope you're all enjoying your flight today on Script Revolution. If you'd like to all take a look out to our starboard, you'll see we're passing by an excellent view of a fantastic blog by Stephen Barber. A man of many talents, Stephen has taken some time to share his reflections on how learning to fly is a lot like learning screenwriting. Why not recline your seat, switch on the air, and read through this article as we all head comfortably towards our destination - CJ

J.E. Clarke 22 Mar 2017 2

There's a term I heard a movie exec come out with a while back called "knowledge porn" and she used it in reference to The Martian, which is effectively a typical survalist tale set in space. I'm a firm believer that good science fiction really teaches us something; either on the subject of science itself or humanity. Star Trek is a great example of SciFi doing the latter. In this blog, J.E. Clarke makes a very strong case for science fiction that isn't short on some science facts - CJ

Fiona Faith Ross 15 Mar 2017 2

It's March and, while spring may have just sprung for many of us, you may already be feeling a little exhausted approaching mere twenty five percent into the year. Perhaps there's a little voice in your head encouraging you to give up now. That's not unusual and you may feel the need to give that thought serious consideration. If you do though, you must read through this blog by Fiona Faith Ross first and take in what she has to say because it might just give you the direction and motivation you need to continue on your journey - CJ

J.E. Clarke 08 Mar 2017 5

As some of you know, I'm having a bad week this week and could do with a little cheering up. What could be better to nurish the soul than a factor-5 truth tornado from J.E. Clarke. What will it be like? To reference a twister of a movie starring the late great Bill Paxton, "...the finger of god!". Before we get into this I feel I should give you all a fair warning, the word "rules" does occur in the following blog, reader discretion is advised. So buckle up buckaroos, the truth train's a-commin' - CJ

Shawn Davis 01 Mar 2017 3

It's time for a little inspiration. Shawn Davis is one amazing dude. He's one of those writers that makes you realise we're capable of anything if we put our mind to it. Shawn has also been down the track of optioning a script and has some great advice to share. For many of us, script options and representation feel like the finish line, but they really just the next stage in a decathlon. In this blog, Shawn talks about how he handled having his manager become a producer on the project he was working on, how he fought his corner, and remained good friends - CJ

CJ Walley 27 Feb 2017 5

In this blog, I want to talk a little about our mindset and how a bad train of thinking can have a detrimental effect on well-being. I see a lot of writers desperately seeking permission while not putting enough weight on acknowledging validation. This is dangerous because it can curb our creativity while gradually de-motivating us. As artists, we should be prepared to be rebels and I'm confident we can be happy little rebels while we're at it - CJ

John Hunter 22 Feb 2017 6

On this site, I've tried hard to give writers the tools they need to not only get exposure but also analyise that exposure so writers are able to maximise opportunities where they see them. In this short but powerful blog post by John Hunter, he quickly summerises how that data can be used to establish if our titles, loglines, and synopses are leading to actual script reads. The fact is, none of us want to be falling at the first hurdle given that attention toward our work can be infrequent and fleeting - CJ

Désirée Nordlund 15 Feb 2017 0

Désirée is a member I've come to admire. She's been joining in via the blog comments since I launched the site. When I learned one of her scripts was in production, I was delighted. When she approached me about writing a blog about it, I was even happier. Watching a script go into production is an emotional experience for us. We have to get through post-production and that can have its curve balls. In this blog, Désirée talks about some of those curve balls she faced and how she had to overcome them - CJ

CJ Walley 08 Feb 2017 17

Look, this is going to be brutal, but it needs to be said. If you're looking for harsh truths about screenwriting then look no further. You better have thick skin before walking into this one and I'm talking alligator skin thick here. I'm about to hit you with ten doses of sorely needed self reflection and some in your face reality here. You ready? You sure? Why am I so much better than you? Yes you. I've not just got the balls to ask you that question but I've got a long list of reasons to throw at you too? Think you can get all the way to the bottom? Time to suck it up, buttercup - CJ

Deenur _ 01 Feb 2017 13

It's been a while since Deen Gill providing us with the first of his fantastic insight into adapting novels into screenplays back in Oct, so I'm delighted to announce that the second part is now here. This time round, Deen gives us a lowdown on the good, the bad, and the very ugly. He points out that a good film does not always equal a faithful adaption, and makes a strong argument that fans of Jane Austen and fans of Zombieland do not make the greatest of Venn diagrams - CJ 

J.E. Clarke 25 Jan 2017 1

What's that rumble in the distance getting louder and louder? It's another truth tsunami rising up from the depths of J.E. Clarke's deep dark soul. Let these words wash over you and cleanse your mind. It's time to put our hands down a second, stop asking for permission, stop questioning how to do things, stop begging for acceptance, and start looking deep inside ourselves to find the answer to a fundamental question. A question which should guide us on our screenwriting journey each and everyday with an answer that'll rescue us whenever we become lost - CJ

Tony Cella 18 Jan 2017 0

Roving reporter and sceptical screenwriter, Tony Cella returns this month with a shocking report into a recent study that's revealed the overuse of a certain phrase. What's worse is the term has a proven relationship between its frequency of use and certain set of unlikable demographics by those who use it. It's a pretty damning report that goes all the way from the bottom to the top. Nobody is safe. If you ever feel yourself about to write this sentence it might be worth stopping, thinking, and asking what it actually says about you. - CJ

6String Mercenary 11 Jan 2017 1

A while ago I got into an online slap-fight with the CEO of The Black List, a service that hosts screenplays for a fee, provides a reader critique service, and is a proven resource for Film Industry Professionals to source content. In short I laid into him for taking money and providing critiques that didn’t have a check-list of basic stuff to help writers grow — his claim, over and over, was all art is Subjective and to use any kind of structure to evaluate an art piece didn’t have any justification. I can appreciate Subjectivity in art, especially as a guitarist, because it’s the nuances,...

J.E. Clarke 04 Jan 2017 1

As many of you will already know, I talk (rant) a lot about the desperation we screenwriters often have to fit in and just how dangerous a mentality that is for artists to have - yet one we are constantly browbeaten with by gurus and service providers. In this article, JC lays it it all out as clear as it can be, and she isn't here to sell you consultancy, pitches, or evaluations either; she's sending the elevator back down having gotten meetings, optioning scripts, and finding work. This is the perfect screenwriting blog post to kick off your new year with a bang - CJ

CJ Walley 28 Dec 2016 0

I hope you had a great Christmas. As we race toward the end of the year and face 2017, it's easy for us to start reflecting on what we've done and start planning what we hope to achieve over the next twelve months. However, we may want to stop and take a moment to change our perspective. I care a lot about this community and I want to do what I can to help everyone maximise not only our potentional but also our fulfilment. Let's make 2017 a great writing year for everybody, regardless of where we might might be in our development or careers - CJ

Tony Cella 21 Dec 2016 3

Stop the presses! It's a hot scoop this week on Script Revolution. Tony Cella has been wearing his detective's hat and, after trawling through various screenwriting communities, has made a shocking discovery. One you simply won't be able to comprehend. Okay, well maybe not. Some of you will have worked this out a long time ago. And before any script consultants react to this hard-hitting news, perhaps take a moment to consider if you are taking yourself and what you read on the Internet a little too seriously - CJ

6String Mercenary 14 Dec 2016 3

As someone who writes characters who swear like well... motherfuckers, the thought of not peppering the page with curse words is painful. I'm very much in the same camp as Steven Fry who believes swearing is a beautiful extension of language that can be wielded with wit and intellect. However, only today I learned that Linkin Park had the best selling album of the 20th century because they went against the grain and refused to swear in their lyrics. In his latest blog, 6StringMercenary shares his thoughts, feelings, and influences on the subject - CJ

J.E. Clarke 07 Dec 2016 4

Stop, collaborate, and listen. JC's back with a new submission. Content that grabs a hold of you tightly. Pro level pro prose daily and nightly. Will she ever stop? No, not this flow. Putting the world to rights with another hard blow. Supreme knowledge that belongs on the mantel. Sit down and read to get the collaboration handle. (I'm more of a Cool Kids kinda guy than V.Ice) Either way, JC has some excellent collaboration stories under her belt so this experienced guide she has kindly provided here is an essential read, especially over a funky beat - CJ

6String Mercenary 30 Nov 2016 3

One of the great things about being a screenwriter is keeping your eye open for those oddball stories that, while maybe being a little wacky, are often incredibly life affirming. In this blog from 6String Mercenary (a writer who prefers to keep his identity seperate from his work) he details a story that demanded some digging and turned up a backstory more than fit for the silver screen. I'm sure we've all run into some odd tales out there and it would be great to hear about them in the comments - CJ

CJ Walley 28 Nov 2016 8

It's a little bit of a rant from me today. I've gone through another week of watching hopeful new writers finding themselves shot down by the more jaded members of screenwriting communities. It's the usual spiel too. The claim these bright eyed and bushy tailed amateurs aren't tough enough for the business. I'm so tired of it. The thing is, it's all a distraction and I think we're all falling foul of being in an echo chamber. I say it's high time we break out before we lose our collective minds - CJ

Tony Cella 23 Nov 2016 3

Two words; business & respect. These two words entail a great deal yet can be pinned down by so little. We screenwriters tend to know very little about the former and get very little of the latter. It's partly our own fault, partly the fault of those we deal with, and largely the fault of the hive mind. In this blog, Tony Cella challenges one of the most played out axioms out there, screenwriters are never paid for short scripts. He makes one hell of an argument too, and it's all based on experience - CJ

J.E. Clarke 16 Nov 2016 2

Look, it's time to listen up. If your script is any reflection of the real world, then your character count should be around 50% female. Passing the Bechdel Test isn't enough - it isn't enough by a long shot. In this blog, J.E Clarke doesn't pull any punches, and corroborates many of the points I've raised previously myself. Representation of women in Hollywood is terrible right now and it's not our role to sit back and accept that, it's our calling to be strong and challenge the status quo - CJ

Alan Mehanna 08 Nov 2016 4

We are all too familiar with the paralysis that comes with a blank page waiting for us to adorn it with the finest prose we can muster. There is so much for a screenwriter to consider when constructing a scene, yet time and time again we focus too much of our energy into a paranoia over superficialities. We know all that really matters is story, so what's the answer to beat paralysis by analysis? Here Alan Mahenna makes a strong case for putting aside the fear of failure and accepting that writing badly is a huge step forward toward writing well - CJ

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