Category Archives: Moondance Magazine


21 Suggestions to Better Your Chances of Winning Screenplay Competitions

Two Brads or Three?
Adventures in Judging
Screenplay Entries in a Film Festival
By Elizabeth English

21 Suggestions to Better Your Chances of Winning Screenplay Competitions
1. Please send your submissions in early! Don't wait until the final deadline date! Your submission can be buried under a pile of hundreds or thousands at the bigger festivals […]




23 Ways to Get Your Screenplay Rejected

WRITING A MOVIE SCRIPT:
23 THINGS YOU SHOULD DO TO GET YOUR SCREENPLAY REJECTED
1-13 by Pinaki Ghosh from www.thescreenplaywriters.com
14-23 by Elizabeth English
1. Offer camera directions in your screenplay. Don’t trust the intelligence of the director or cinematographer and offer camera directions in your script like, ‘pan’, ‘zoom’, ‘dolly’, ‘trolley shot’ or ‘low […]




Titles & Loglines: 25 Words Open the Door

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:
TITLES & LOGLINES
By Elizabeth English
Have a fabulous, unique idea for a movie? That’s wonderful, but you need to know how to turn your great story into a great logline. There is and always has been only one real secret to success in the entertainment industry. Tell a great story. Period. And […]




Character & Characterization In Screenplays

Creating Character & Characterization In Screenplays
By Elizabeth English
Interesting flaws humanize a character who is challenged to overcome inner doubts, errors in thinking, guilt or trauma from the past, or fear of and hopes for the future. Weaknesses, imperfections, quirks, and vices make a character more real & appealing. The audience can identify with […]




SO, WHAT’S THE STORY?

SO, WHAT’S THE STORY?
8 Key Ingedients
by Screenplay & Novel Consultant
MICHELE WALLERSTEIN
Every agent is waiting for you to bring them the next big saleable screenplay that will knock the business off its axis. They want you to show them that piece that will have producers and studios panting at their doors with […]




The Field of Dreams: Conflict as Metaphor

The Field of Dreams:
Conflict as Metaphor
By Elizabeth English
“If you build it, they will come.”
The skillful use of metaphor can give visible shape to a character and recognizable, believable impetus to conflicts in film. The deeper meaning of a situation becomes clear and powerful to the varied cinema audience, when metaphors for […]




How To Get An Agent

How To Get An Agent
What Agents Want (And Don’t Want) To See
By Elizabeth English
1. First, call or write to literary agents who are listed as being willing to look at unsolicited screenplays. Do not send a script unless you are invited to do so!

Find listed agents using resources like The Hollywood […]




SUBTLETIES OF SUBTEXT: The True Art Of The Writer

SUBTLETIES OF SUBTEXT:The True Art Of The Writer
By Cheryl O’Brien
We can consider text as "a message sent and received". Pictures, statues, paintings and written text are all messages sent and received. Screenplays combine these other art forms to create a broad range of messages sent and received. A completed movie will combine many […]




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