StudioBinder’s Screenwriting Software — From Development through Production

StudioBinder presents the next step in our goal to create a truly holistic approach to pre-production: screenwriting software. Our software guides you through the creation of professionally formatted scripts, the ability to share and collaborate on each draft, and allows you to sync new drafts across your entire project without losing any previous work like… Continue reading StudioBinder’s Screenwriting Software — From Development through Production

What Does a Screenwriter Do? The Fundamentals of the Job

The answer to the title question is pretty obvious: screenwriters write screenplays, right? Well, yeah, but there’s much more to the craft than the finished product. Every writer has their own process so let’s hear from some incredibly talented and iconic screenwriters to see how they approach their stories. Once we get the full picture… Continue reading What Does a Screenwriter Do? The Fundamentals of the Job

Making It: Script Breakdowns and Budgeting — Pre-Production Process: Ep1

EPISODE 1Budget BombshellMeet the team and watch how they must rework their script so that it will fit inside their limited budget. Subscribe for more filmmaking videos like this. Subscribe on YouTube ← Episode Guide Next Episode → EPISODE 1Art meets commerceYou have a great idea for a TV show. You’ve already written the pilot,… Continue reading Making It: Script Breakdowns and Budgeting — Pre-Production Process: Ep1

Making It: Wrapping Up Production — Pre-Production Process: Ep6

EPISODE 6MAKING ITThat’s a wrap!The official premiere of ‘Mental Mistakes’The wait is over! In our final episode, we take a quick look back at the production and discuss takeaways.  At the end we show you the fruits of our labor with the premiere of Mental Mistakes. SUBSCRIBE ON YOUTUBE ← WATCH PREVIOUS EPISODE VIEW ALL… Continue reading Making It: Wrapping Up Production — Pre-Production Process: Ep6

Making It: Final Preparation — Pre-Production Process: Ep5

EPISODE 5MAKING ITThe Californian JobFilm Crew Jobs, Equipment, and Production Insurance It’s time to build your entire film crew for various jobs and duties, and secure your production equipment. This means camera, sound, and design. Don’t forget deal memos and production insurance.  SUBSCRIBE ON YOUTUBE ← WATCH PREVIOUS EPISODE WATCH NEXT EPISODE → MAKING IT: EPISODE… Continue reading Making It: Final Preparation — Pre-Production Process: Ep5

Making It: The Casting Process — Pre-Production Process: Ep4

EPISODE 4MAKING ITTo Live & Cast in L.A.Auditions, Actors, and Table Read ThroughsSetting up casting calls and actor auditions are one of the most exciting parts of the pre-production process, but this is where things begin to get real. See us cast our short film below. SUBSCRIBE ON YOUTUBE ← WATCH PREVIOUS EPISODE WATCH NEXT… Continue reading Making It: The Casting Process — Pre-Production Process: Ep4

How to Write a Movie Script: Screenplay Format and Examples

Understanding how to write a movie script, also known as a screenplay, can seem daunting at first, but once you understand script format and structure you can then focus on your creativity. We’ll take you through the process of writing a screenplay so that you can begin building that great movie idea into a professional script. Continue… Continue reading How to Write a Movie Script: Screenplay Format and Examples

12 Secrets to Great Exposition in Screenwriting (w/ Examples)

Exposition in film or screenwriting is one of the most difficult aspects to master. It’s necessary for our audience to understand our characters and plot, but we don’t really want the audience to be aware of exposition, in and of itself.  When that happens, it can jar the audience right out of our story. And… Continue reading 12 Secrets to Great Exposition in Screenwriting (w/ Examples)

Comedic and Iconic Movie Lines: The Best One-Liners in Cinema

One-liners can be hilarious. Other movie one-liners are deep, even dark, while others are just straight up weird. Regardless of the genre, they’re usually remembered long after the movie’s release, and the words can impact an entire generation. Don’t believe me? See if you’ve ever said or heard any of these phrases in conversation. You… Continue reading Comedic and Iconic Movie Lines: The Best One-Liners in Cinema

What is a Screenplay? A Brief Definition for the Beginner

A screenplay is an entirely different beast than a novel, essay, poem, or even short story. A screenplay demands extreme clarity and creativity in your visual descriptions, which can be a challenge. But knowing what a screenplay requires at a basic level, will help the process. This post is for any individual wanting to know… Continue reading What is a Screenplay? A Brief Definition for the Beginner

What is the Plot of a Story? Plotting Out the Basics with a Quick Definition

Literary jargon like plot and story are often used excessively to describe the same thing. But in this post we’re going to define plot in relation to story, so you can understand the difference. But also, understand how they’re connected. So what is plot in a story? Continue reading What is the Plot of a… Continue reading What is the Plot of a Story? Plotting Out the Basics with a Quick Definition

How to Format a Script with Keyboard Shortcuts

Proper screenplay format is a necessary evil. Some rules are set in stone while others can be left up to a writer’s preference–the lack of consensus can certainly be frustrating. So, what’s a writer to do? The first step is to use a screenwriting program, like StudioBinder. This ensures that most of your formatting concerns are dealt… Continue reading How to Format a Script with Keyboard Shortcuts

What is a Synopsis? The Basics for the Screenwriter and Novelist

You finally wrote your screenplay, novel, or academic book. Now what? You want to grab an agent or editor’s attention. How might you do that? Writing a synopsis is an age-old tool to get your project noticed. But what is a synopsis? Is a film synopsis or book synopsis different? Let’s learn the basics so… Continue reading What is a Synopsis? The Basics for the Screenwriter and Novelist

What is Conflict in a Story? A Quick Reminder of the Purpose of Conflict

We all know that conflict is needed to keep viewers engaged, to create an emotional response, and to ultimately, push the story forward. Without conflict in a story, the film, show, or novel, may seem a bit, well, boring. It’s also true that conflict can be defined by all of the “types” that exist —… Continue reading What is Conflict in a Story? A Quick Reminder of the Purpose of Conflict