Don’t Number Script Scenes

When writing a script, do not number your scenes.

“This is a common mistake by newcomers.

They’ve obviously read online or published shooting drafts and saw scene numbers included.

Scene numbers are only for production purposes.

In the development stages, they only lead to confusing and cluttered reads.”

Read more script writing rules at: ScreenCraft.




It’s Never Too Late


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To Laura Hammond’s large family, she is simply the mother who makes all their lives run more smoothly. But although they don’t know it, she is a very successful novelist. (imdb)


This 1956 movie is the delightful story of a wife and mother, who is also a fantastic author.

When her agent sets her up in a splendid writing studio, the results are unexpected.

This movie is included in Amazon Prime.


This film is adapted from a play by Felicity Douglas.


Your Assignment? Watch TV

The advice to watch TV makes good sense, but it’s nice to hear, anyway.

Don’t watch just any TV. Select carefully, and analyze it as you watch.




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“Check the schedules and watch as much . . . as you can – see what genres and formats are on, what’s popular, what works, what doesn’t work, what grips and inspires and entertains you, and what leaves you cold.” (Read more of this article at: BBC.)

Study the script for Brooklyn here.


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No longer must we wait ’til a film arrives at our local cinema. Many online sites are available for watching current TV and films. (Amazon Prime and others)



Historical Fiction and Autobiography

Out of Africa (1985) won 7 Academy Awards and was nominated for 4 more.

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Out of Africa is a 1985 American epic romantic drama film directed and produced by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. The film is based loosely on the autobiographical book Out of Africa written by Isak Dinesen (the pseudonym of Danish author Karen Blixen), which was published in 1937, with additional material from Dinesen’s book Shadows on the Grass and other sources. This film received 28 film awards.

The book was adapted into a screenplay by the writer Kurt Luedtke.

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There is a poignant scene in the movie where a verse from The Rime of Ancient Mariner is quoted. This was one of  Denys George Finch Hatton’s favorite poems. This quote appears on the real tombstone in Kenya.

“He prayeth well who loveth well both man and bird and beast”(from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.)

Today’s assignment:

1. Watch the movie.

2. Follow the script as you watch.

3. Memorize the quote.



Available on amazon.



I’ll See You in My Dreams

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I was afraid this movie would just be about old women, but it’s not. It has a delightful

story that appeals to all ages.


Martin Starr, playing Lloyd, studied poetry in college and now earns his living as a pool boy. In the story he writes this beautiful tune, sung in the end credits by Keegan DeWitt.

Listen: Keegan DeWitt

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Today’s assignment:

1. Watch this movie.

2.Follow along with the screenplay. (here.)


The Script’s Black Hole at Page 85

We’ve seen the plot arc diagrams (below).

Now contemplate the rise and fall of your plot as you watch Susannah Grant talk about the black hole at page 85 of the script. This is part two of How I Write from Bafta.

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(Also included is wisdom from several other great screenwriters.)

If you missed it, Part 1 is here.


Freytag’s Pyramid:

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Today’s Assignment: Fill in these two pages (#24 and 25) from Florida Center for Reading Research.

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