30 thoughts on “15 Screenwriting Lessons People Learn TOO LATE”

  1. Some nuggets of gold in this vid. Really got me thinking about my current script, as well as how to improve my writing in general. Awesome stuff guys, thank you!!

  2. You should be writing rather than spending on hour watching this; so here is the rundown of the video.

    1) Focus on what you have in hand and only what you can control. Do other things while you wait.
    2) Write something that is unique to you. Write your truth.
    3) Write 6 scripts every 2 years. Odds increase chance of lightning in a bottle. Write these even outside of your writing day job.
    4) Compare you material with material that is actually selling/getting work.
    5) Free time? Write. Similar to lesson #1.
    6) When starting to write given a premise, find where the conflict lies, that is where the story lies.
    7) Think of how you will differentiate yourself and your work from other writers. Give a few details why your story is unique/better than others.
    8) Remember to give your protagonist a great flaw to overcome — namely in superhero films.
    9) When given notes, say that you will take a look at it, even if you don't like editing/rewriting anything. Appear open to change/accommodation.
    9b) Even if you and your script are genuinely great, expect to still receive notes.
    10) To build empathy, show a character being betrayed in some way/caring about something beyond themselves/admirable/honorable trait.
    11) Empathy is vital because it is a conduit by which the audience becomes participatory in the story. Needs to be more than just obstacles.
    12) Always been pushing/willing to learn more about the craft, even if already successful. Be open to ideas. READ, READ, READ.
    13) Be better than the people already working to be noticed. Your work is likely not good enough yet. Enter contest to see where you stand.
    14) Ideas are worthless. Story and execution of all other elements must be worth watching; everything else is more important than the concept.
    15) Put characters you believe in into impossible situations that they can escape. Worry about format/structure during rewrites, not first drafts.
    15b) Writing is an active process, you have to DO IT! You have to write and read everyday.

    Stop reading this and get to it!

  3. The Meg was one of the worst written films I have ever seen in my life or ever hope to see for the remainder of it.

  4. IDK, definitely experts but none even come close to writing Elephant Sitting Still with their advice.

  5. 16:00: Gary Goldstein: Can you give examples of "research" in queries, reasons why a writer sent a query specifically to you, and explanations of what compelled a writer to choose to write that story "of all the stories in one's imagination?" I accept that my query must stand out. But it also seems odd that you must see my research, can't presume to know why I queried you, and that you don't know that I was compelled to write the screenplay for the same reasons you were compelled to write yours. It seems like the same type of game one plays in writing job cover letters: It's not how good an applicant is or his real merit, but whether he can brag about himself for a page without using the word "I" and describe "what he can do for the company" as if the employer is retarded.

  6. 52:29 – Dude carries on about not needing structure then proceeds to show us how he fails repeatedly because he has no structure.

  7. Love these long compilations. Hearing from some of the best in the business is invaluable. And…free!

  8. Sorry Guys at giving it a Thumbs Down. It was not the content, per se. These people clearly have the knowledge needed to working with the Film Industry and TV. But they're kind of Debbie Downers. It's good to be prepared for the worst, but a lot of their advice was void of Hope. And when you do arrive, the industry changes on you. Again, Love Film Courage, just not a big fan of this one.

  9. I'm not going to lie, when I was 12 years old all I wanted to become was a director. And then life happened, the flame went out and such. It was only a couple of years ago that the idea came up and sparked a new ember, since then film courage has kept the flame alive. Now I am realistically engaged was becoming a screenwriter and maybe someday I can become a director.

  10. This is all bullshit. The reality is current TV and movies that get green-lit suck donkey dick because instead of them being the brainchild and labor of love of the screenwriter artist.. they written by a committee of studio hacks. The films today are written just like today's soulless music: by studio musicians who aren't that talented, but know how to hit certain notes.

  11. I'd love to hear more from all of these writers about how they got their lit managers. If they sent query letters, how did those look and what tips can they give to us? If they got set up as a referral then who was their contact and what did they do right that helped them Network those relationships. If they won contest and got attention that way, which contest did they enter and how many times did they have to try before one finally came through. I would love to hear more about their experiences finding and obtaining representation.

  12. Entire video was GREAT! Richard Walter's portion (#14) really hit home for me. I have tons of ideas for what I believe would be a great script. It's the story and dialogue that will turn those ideas into successes. Thanks so much to Film Courage and all its contributors

  13. Erik's comments on giving over just trying to get something out of the process has come to me twice this week. (at 39:03) Message received loud and clear, Universe. Thanks, Film Courage!

  14. I want to write for tv but sometimes when I think of even writing I get lazy but film and production interest me so much I can’t see myself doing anything else

  15. I'm like the guy that talked about over structuring. Writer's tend to over think a script. Have fun, if you are a writer just write. Great video😀

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