John August’s Quote-Unquote Apps has released a new typeface for screenwriters called Courier Prime:
I wanted a font that could be substituted letter-for-letter with Courier Final Draft, but look better, both on-screen and printed. I wanted a bolder bold and real italics, not just slanted glyphs.
Alan [Dague-Greene] rose to the challenge, [...]
On Tuesday I attended an advance screening of the new Tim Burton film Frankenweenie, followed by a Q&A with screenwriter John August. This event at USC was a treat for me because 1) the film was quite enjoyable and 2) I’ve been following John’s blog and podcast for many years. If you haven’t been by his [...]
This statement is absolutely true and not hyperbolic in any way: I used to dream in film cuts.
My dreams unfolded the way a film was edited, complete with montage, camera angles, and fades. This behavior was particularly apparent back in college when the USC cinema school continued to deny my application and [...]
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Last night I saw a sneak preview of the independent film Compliance. It’s about a prank caller who pretends to be a police officer and convinces a fast food manager that one of her employees committed a crime. [...]
I’m always refining my routine to keep my writing on target. Arguably the most important component is the software that I use, and I’ve tried everything from Microsoft Word and iA Writer for fiction, to Final Draft and Screenwriter for scripts.
I earned my MFA from the USC Professional Writing Program in Los Angeles. The curriculum differed from the usual creative writing master’s in that it was multidisciplinary, which means I majored in fiction but was required to choose from electives in playwriting, screenwriting, nonfiction, and poetry.
Beginning in 1971, USC offered the first graduate program [...]
Taking a cue from Craig Mazin during last week’s Scriptnotes podcast, I went in search of an article written by screenwriter Terry Rossio (Aladdin, Shrek, Pirates of the Caribbean) called “Throw in the Towel.”
Originally published in 1998 on Rossio’s wordplayer.com, one of the first Internet sites for screenwriting, the [...]
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