Posts by David Flores

How to Create a High Concept for Your Screenplay

How to Create a High Concept for Your Screenplay Every story starts with a concept. An idea that hopefully causes your eyebrow to arch, your lips to purse, and your brain to go, “Hmmm… intriguing.” It’s what Robert McKee, the author of Story, refers to as the magic “What If.” For instance, what if a…

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How to Become a Movie Screenwriter in Hollywood

How to Become a Movie Screenwriter I was asked the other day, “How does one become a screenwriter?” Simple question, yet as I gave it further thought it occurred to me that it’s not one that can be easily answered. If you ask a guidance counselor how does someone become a doctor, chances are he…

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Bill Kelly: How to Make It As a Working Hollywood Screenwriter

Bill Kelly: The ‘Enchanted’ Hollywood Screenwriter I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing Bill Kelly, the screenwriter of the Disney film Enchanted starring Amy Adams. His other screenwriting credits include Premonition with Sandra Bullock, and Blast From The Past with Brendan Fraser. As we noshed on breakfast he graciously answered those questions that I had about being a working Hollywood screenwriter.…

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Screenwriting Books You Need to Read – Top Ten List

Top Ten Screenwriting Books You Need to Read   1) Screenplay by Syd Field The first book I ever read about screenwriting. Field is the forefather of the how to for screenwriting. He cracked the code of the three act structure and paved the way for all others screenwriting gurus that would follow. As far as…

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Ask Yourself the Question, Are You REALLY A Screenwriter?

Are You REALLY A Screenwriter? For years I asked myself the question, am I a screenwriter? You would think it’s an easy question to answer. Living in Los Angeles I’ve rubbed shoulders with those who could answer “yes” to that question within the span of a heartbeat; however, for me the moniker held so much…

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Logline: Why They’re So Darn Important

Logline: Why They’re So Darn Important. A Logline: You’ve just finished writing your script and a friend puts you in touch with a film producer looking for her next project. During your conversation with the producer she asks you, “What’s the logline?” Your insides melt because even though you may know what a logline is, you…

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Lessons Learned from Winning a Screenwriting Competition

Winning Screenwriting Competitions: Lessons Learned Years ago when I received word that my screenplay, Control; Alt; Delete, had won not one but two screenwriting competitions, I believed that all the hard work, years of struggle, self-doubt, and rejection had culminated to a glowing achievement that would forever wash away the specter of failure: I had…

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