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Readings For Writers: Pick of the Week 11/14/14

Every few weeks, a member of the Grub community recommends a book they find helpful or inspirational from a craft perspective. This week, instructor Mark Fogarty recommends his favorite screenwriting book. 

Story by Robert McKee is a book I read over and over again the way some people read the bible, as if with each new read, I will gain a deeper insight. It is a dense, confusing and all-encompassing discussion on storytelling. It is not like most screenwriting books which focus on reducing story to a simple formula, it deals in big and difficult questions about writing.

McKee is famous for running ...

November 14, 2014 | Mark Fogarty

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Voice-over, Flashbacks & Multiple Protagonists. Why Never Never Really Means Never

By Mark Fogarty 

Every screenwriting book/ teacher lists the same list of “don’ts”: 

  • Don’t use voice-over.
  • Don’t use flashbacks.
  • Don’t have multiple protagonists.

Yet everyone can probably point to the list of their favorite movies and find it full of movies that break these rules: The Shawshank Redemption, A Clockwork  Orange, Badlands, Goodfellas, Magnolia, Nashville, Slumdog Millionaire, Casablanca, Inglorious Basterds, Memento, Reservoir Dogs, Rashomon, 8 1/2, etc.

No sane teacher could actually mean never do these things, and if they do, run fast away from them before they damage you as a writer.

What they are really saying ...

March 13, 2014 | Mark Fogarty

Voice over, Flashbacks & Multiple Protagonists. Why Never Never Really Means Never.

Voice over,  Flashbacks & Multiple Protagonists. Why Never Never Really Means Never.

Every screenwriting book/ teacher lists the same list of “don’ts”:

Don’t use voiceover

Don’t use flashbacks

Don’t have multiple protagonists.

Yet everyone can probably point to the list of their favorite movies and find it full of movies that break these rules: The Shawshank Redemption, A Clockwork  Orange, Badlands, Goodfellas, Magnolia, Nashville, Slumdog Millionaire, Casablanca, Inglorious Basterds, Memento, Reservoir Dogs, Rashomon, 8 1/2, etc.

No sane teacher could actually mean never do these things, and if they do, run fast away from them ...

December 13, 2013 | Mark Fogarty

Craft Advice

Why It's the Best Time in History to Write a Screenplay (and Why No One Knows it)

Get started on your next blockbuster in Mark Fogarty's upcoming multi-week course, Scriptwriting for Film and Television, starting June 29th

 

Writing a screenplay has always been for the delusional

June 18, 2013 | Mark Fogarty

Craft Advice

Four Things a Prose Writer Can Learn From a Screenwriter

By Mark Fogarty

 

Editor's note: Learn more about the "evil twin sibling of the novel" at Fogarty's upcoming workshop, "Cinematic Structure for the Prose Writer"! 

 

The screenplay is the evil twin sibling of the novel -- short, rude, unrefined, often superficial and obsessed with money; the screenplay and the novel do not always get along

March 29, 2013 | Mark Fogarty