Currently I am writing my first feature I will direct. It has been a fun, but never ending process full of revisions, new ideas, and changing locations.
I am on my fourth draft of a script that is very near and dear to my heart. While I will post more about the story and film information at a later time. Currently I want to focus on resources I have found helpful while writing my screenplay. Because I am currently writing a romantic comedy I am focusing more on those aspect, but to be honest these concepts are pretty universal to any screenplay.
Indie Film Hustle/BulletProof Screenplay
Alex Ferrari’s massive podcast library is essential to anyone wanting to pursue a career in the film industry. In particular I recommend the episodes with Paul Castro, Screenplay Blueprint, and Save the Cat. Indie Film Hustle actually has a spinoff called BulletProof Screenplay that I also recommend listening to. Without question this is the most important resource of all. Indie Film Hustle has held influence on all the other resources as I most likely heard it there.
Billy Mernit’s 7 Rom Com Beats
Billy Mernit is an instuctor at UCLA for the writer’s extension program. He is considered the “guru of Rom Com” due to his published works related to the genre. After knowing his 7 beats you will quickly see more patterns in every romantic comedy from When Harry Met Sally to (500) Days of Summer.
Save the Cat
Until Indie Film Hustle I had never heard of Save the Cat, but I quickly bought the book. It has been a great help when outlining beats for my script. Save the Cat also has additional publications, a blog, and a podcast for more information. My favorite resource so far has been this little photo that combines the Save the Cat beats with Billy Mernit’s 7 beats of a Romantic Comedy.
Inspirational Screenwriting w/ Paul Castro
The Inspirational Screenwriting course (aka the Million Dollar Screenplay) was one of the first classes I purchased on Udemy. One of my favorite approaches to this course is that there is a call to action at the end of each lesson. I actually followed this and created a script for fun that I may get to make a movie of one day. I also have been using this class a lot writing this Romantic Comedy of Course!
It should go without saying that one of the best resources to help you write your script, is other scripts. Here are scripts I have been reading for inspiration.