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I'm writing a movie about what happens on my patio. The second bedroom of my apartment is an office, and it overlooks the apartment complex patio. Right now there's nobody out there... well, there are a couple of birds chirping around on a table... but on Saturday the couple across the courtyard will be barbecuing. They've got a kid who is constantly screaming and causing trouble and sometimes the couple gets into a debate about how best to discipline him. Dad wants to paddle him, mom thinks a "time out" is a good idea. They usually barbecue chicken, because you can get chicken on sale at the grocery store for 99 cents a pound sometimes - I've heard the mom talk about it. My script will also have the woman across the hall in a bikini, because she sometimes sits on the patio and works on her tan. I've said "Hello" to her, but she ignores me... pretending to be asleep. Sometimes late at night the guys from upstairs sit on the patio and smoke dope - if I breathe deeply through my open window I can... Oh, never mind. Hey, the birds are flying away! FADE OUT.

Every script takes us into a world where the story takes place. The audience is going to pay $12 to spend two hours living in that world. You can chose any world you want - the only limit is your imagination! So take us someplace cool! (someplace better than my patio)


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The #1 film over the weekend at this time last year was DOWNTON ABBEY which managed to clobber RAMBO and AD ASTRA and push last week's #2 movie HUSTLERS down a couple of notches (still in the Top 5). HUSTLERS is based on the true story of a group of strippers who scam wealthy Wall Street Traders (who managed to profit off the 2008 market crash) for hundreds of thousands of dollars... and then got busted. It's the story of the friendship between two women, and manages to be a female empowerment movie.... with lots of stripper scenes. Does that make it four qudrant? One of the great things this film does is take us into the world of strippers - and in an early scene, old pro Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) demonstrates all of the specific techniques involved in pole dancing to new girl Destiny (Constance Wu) and it is fascinating, Theses gals are *acrobats* and you get to learn how they do all of their moves. You may think "they're strippers, they take off their clothes" but the film shows that there is more to it than that. The high heels they wear have two different ways to grab the pole, there are different ways to spin and each has it's own positive (guys throw money for this move more than that move) and negative (it's damned hard and takes muscles and endurance strength). You get a lesson on pole dancing in this film and then cheer when Destiny masters the most difficult move. You also get to go back to the "champagne room" and see how these gals manage to get big tips without doing anything that crosses the line into prostitution. And you meet these gals' families - their kids and parents and see their lives outside of the strip club. You are taken into their world... and then taken into their criminal world when they cross the line and begin ripping off the Wall Street guys. How do they rip these guys off? They show you step by step...

The #1 film over the weekend 5 years ago took place in Lego Land, where everyone has to follow the instructions and Everything Is Awesome and you should never touch strange pieces. It is a world of order, where a builder like Emmet follows the same pattern every day, gets up at the same time and says hello to his neighbors and goes to work where he uses those Lego blocks to build buildings. As Christy Lemire says in her review: “The Lego Movie” is the rare film based on a toy or a game that truly feels like its own unique universe rather than a shameless, extended infomercial. And it's a cool world to spend an hour and a half in.

GRAVITY takes place in outer space, and not only can people not hear you scream... once you start moving it is very hard to stop. We really get to see how working in space is much different than working here on earth, and how small problems can quickly escalate. The whole experience of the film is about space, where there's no gravity to hold you down. I think much of the draw of the film is the world it takes place in...

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A few years ago I saw director Zak Forsman's new film DOWN AND DANGEROUS at a film festival in Hollywood, about a lone wolf drug smuggler who is trapped between an ultra corrupt DEA Agent and a violent Drug Kingpin. This is an indie film funded by a kickstarter program, but looks like a big Hollywood production. The great part about the film is that it takes you into the world of drug smugglers. You learn how to smuggle drugs! The clever drug smuggler has all of these cool ways to get past the border guards with his goods. You see the *details* of his world. Instead of a typical crime film, it's almost a procedural! And by taking us inside that world and showing us how things work, this indie crime film becomes *fascinating*. Your story doesn't have to take place in Outer Space or Lego Land to take us into a cool world! DOWN AND DANGEROUS does what HUSTLERS does and takes you behind the scenes in a world you probably don't want to visit. A unique world. A world you may be curious about.

A few years ago we had *three* films that took place in Rio de Janeiro! FAST FIVE did something interesting and avoided the tourist locations and luxury for the gritty slums. Though there have been films that took place in the favelas before, it is an interesting and unusual location... and part of what makes the film unique. The first HANGOVER sequel went halfway around the globe to Thailand and gave us a tour of Bangkok along with the story. Both of these films give the audience a sort of travelougue of places you would probably not want to visit in real life... but in the safety of a cinema? Cool!


A few summers ago the #1 movie TOY STORY 3 took us into the world of toys, which are alive when humans aren't looking. Though we have been in this world in two previous films, this third installment takes us deeper into the world, since the boy these toys belong to, Andy, has now become a man and is going off to college... the toys have been outgrown. We learn that toys are responsible to their owner kids, that they live to be played with... and *not* being played with is painful to them. When the toys realize their potential fates are: being sent to the attic in a box, being donated to a child care facility, or being thrown away where a garbage truck will crush them... we don't know which is worse. Will Andy decide to take some of the toys with him to college? When they end up in a garbage bag, they know their fate... and escape to the child care facility donation box.

Which brings us into a *new* world - the child care - where old stuffed bear Lotso is the toy in charge. This is a world that we have never seen before - not in the previous two TOY STORY films, and this is where the bulk of the story takes place. A world where toys do not have owners - they are free. A world where toys are played with *every day*. A world where kids may grow up, but a new group of kids replaces them - so that the toys are always the center of attention. A place that sounds like heaven for toys... but is it? This new world for the TOY STORY movies is what not only creates the story, but makes this story unlike the others. And the *details* of this child care world are what make the film fun. You will never look at one of those wire storage baskets in the same way again! The "Caterpillar Room" and the "Butterfly Room" are different parts of this new world, and we completely understand the differences between them. Every element of the child care facility world is part of the story... and fascinating. This is the world the story takes place in, and it is unique and an integral part of the story being told - not just a background to the story. TOY STORY 3 takes us into a world where humans have never been before, which is cool! TOY WORLD 4 took us back to that world one last time.


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The new STAR TREK movies take us boldly where no man has gone before. In 2009's reboot, we not only got to go to Star Fleet Academy, we got to go to several different planets and even a different time! Since we were back with Young Kirk and Young Spock and Young Chekov before the incidents of the first TV series, I thought the movie should have had more of a sense of wonder than it did. But the Academy was filled with aliens and had Kirk nailing that green alien girl between classes... hey, that stuff is supposed to come with exploring alien worlds! Not just hanging around on Earth. The follow up also just took us back to Earth. Hey, for films based on a TV show about space travel way out into that final frontier of space, this two new films spend almost all of there time right here on Earth... where we live. Booooring! The original TV series would take the Enterprise and her crew to a new planet every week where there was a new crises, at least one new form of alien life (and some hot extra terrestrial for Kirk to nail), and some valuable social issue lesson for Kirk to learn by the end of the show (it was the late 60s). But every week we would be in some cool new world - whatever the writers could imagine that was still within the budget of the show.

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The wonder that may have been missing from the STAR TREK reboots can be found in the 3D animated film BATTLE FOR TERRA, which takes us to another planet (Terra) where tadpole-like creatures live in peace and harmony and whales can fly. One of the great things about this film is that the *technology* on Terra is completely different than ours, as if they took a completely different turn during the Industrial revolution and technology was based on wind and wood. Their version of the car is a parasail, their version of a sky scraper is a tall tree. This location is unique - you have never seen anything like it on film before and that makes it very interesting, even when the location is just the background to a conversation. Of course a couple of minutes into the story this cool place is invaded by evil aliens hell bent on destroying paradise and putting up a parking lot... and those aliens would be *us*.


All of this is science fiction, you say! Well, ANGELS & DEMONS takes place right here on Earth, but takes us to places we have never been before - not only inside the Vatican and inside the Vatican politics of electing a new Pope, but also into the world of the Illuminati - that secret organization of rogue scientists what have been waging a top secret battle against the Catholic Church for hundreds of years. Even on Earth there are secret worlds where film has yet to take us - and Tom Hanks and his weird haircut was our tour guide for this one. We will not be going to any of the normal stops on the Vatican Tour, he's going to take us to all of the cool places that are strictly off limits - in fact, if you ask the Vatican these places don't even exist. But we're going to go there anyway - Cool!

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THE 300 doesn't takes place in the world of professional bowling, as you might expect, but takes us into the world of Spartan Warriors, trained from birth to be he perfect soldiers. We see how hey are trained. How they fight, and even how they die glorious deaths when outnumbered a hundred to one. For two hours we are taken into their world, and see the battles through their eyes. The other Greek soldiers are farmers in armor, the Spartans are warriors 24/7/365. The sequel not only takes us back to this world, it shows us a *different* world within that world.

BLADES OF GLORY takes us behind the scenes of a silly and slightly exaggerated version of Olympic ice skating. Even though this is a comedy, we've seen a glimpse of this world in real life during the Nancy Carrigan episode. We know that on the ice they may be graceful, but behind the scenes it's a cutthroat competition and not everyone involved is as sophisticated off the ice. Will Ferrell movies like ANCHORMAN are great at taking some world or occupation we are familiar with and then showing us the behind-the-scenes part of that world... and making fun of it. We get both the tour of the world behind the curtain... and comedy!

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ROBOTS takes us into a world run entirely by those metal dudes, where two robots might fall in love, get married, and buy a "kid kit" and build a child. Where that robot can grow up and set out for Robot City - a world of steel and Rube Goldberg contraptions. ROBOTS cretes a world that's amazing and real and totally different than anything you've ever seen before. A world where the greatest Robot in history, Mr. Bigweld, can be tossed in the scrapheap in favor of the younger, more ruthless Mr. Ratchet... who wants to phase out replacement parts for older robots (which will eventually kill them). Soon, all robots will be exactly the same. That's a story we can relate to, in a world that's interseting and amazing.

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE took us into the world of kid wizards. From the magic train that departs from platform 9 (in some other dimension) to Hogwart's School for Wizards, to the secrets street where wizards shop for magic wands and potion ingredients, the story takes us into a fascinating world completely unlike the one where we live - even though these characters seem to exist in our world as well. Do wizards really walk among us? Are there schools where the spelling test is all about *casting* spells? If your magic wand gets bent (and we all know how painful that can be) do the spells come out weird? This summer we get a new HARRY POTTER movie that will take us someplace else that is cool.

TROY takes us back to ancient Greece, where warriors still fight face-to-face with swords and Generals are itching for an excuse to send their standing armies into battle. A world where the beauty of a woman can launch a thousand ships and take two tribes to war. Where the best soldier in the world is treated like a Rock star... Oh, and for the ladies - Brad Pitt is often nekkid.

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The stupid film VAN HELSING takes us to the most secret part of The Vatican, where an order of Monks wage a secret war against unholy monsters - using high tech (for the time) gizmos, a network of spies, and a James Bond-like assassin named Van Helsing. We also get to go to Transalvania, a country populated by monsters and lorded over by Count Dracula and his three vampire brides. In Transalvania, the creatures of the night are commonplace. Your own brother might be a werewolf! The villagers expect nightly raids from vampires, they *expect* a few people to be drained of their blood every once in a while. They even get angry with Van Helsing for fighting the Brides... now the vampires will kill for revenge.

Even a silly rom com like 13 GOING ON 30 takes us behind the scenes at a fashion magazine where editors live in fear of having their best stories scooped by the competition. It's like a well mannered cat fight - the editors smile perfect white teeth at each other while they back-stab and compete for the boss' attention. We get to see this world through the eyes of a naive 13 year-old girl who wakes up one morning to find herself an editor on the magazine... and locked in mortal combat with her middle school rival.


The LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy took us into the world of Middle Earth. There are wizards here, but they aren't the cute kids from Hogwarts - they are wicked men who use witchcraft for world domination. This is a world of warrior knights and elf princesses and cursed Kings. A world of sword fights and charging armies on horseback and castles with moats. For almost three hours we are taken into this world completely unlike our own, where an epic battle rages.

FAR FROM HEAVEN took us into well-manicured 1957 suburbia - a fantasy world that rivals Middle Earth. In this perfect world everyone is well mannered - and worried about what their neighbors might think. Homes are tastefully decorated, no one drinks too much at Christmas parties, all of the men watch football and all of the women go to cultural events. In Middle Earth the Orcs may have foul breath, but here everyone's breath is minty fresh 24 hours a day. It's a Stepford World lifted from the films of Douglas Sirk where the slightest deviation from "the norm" is considered scandalous behavior.

GLADIATOR took us inside the arenas of ancient Rome. It showed us how gladiators train, how they live, how they battle, what kinds of food they ate, and how they can rise from slave to hero.

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON took us into a magical world where people can defy gravity by running up trees and standing on the sides of walls. A world of sacred swords and deep traditions.

ALMOST FAMOUS took us on the tour bus with a rock and roll band at the moment they became famous. We met the roadies, the "band aids", the wives of the rock stars, and learned who takes out the laundry.

TRAFFIC took us into three worlds: We see the behind the scenes political life of the Drug Czar, we see what it's like to be a policeman in Mexico, and we sit in the back of the truck on stakeout with Don Cheadle and Luis Guzman.

Part of why we love movies is that we get to live other people's lives for two hours. I don't want to join the Navy, but I want to sit behind the stick of a F-14 fighter plane as a Top Gun pilot for a couple of hours and experience their world... which is why they are making that sequel to TOP GUN. The more details of that world you can show me, the more enjoyable my experience. In a strange way movies are a VR ride - the more detailed the world we create, the more the audience can immerse themselves in it. They more realistic the experience.

Your Screenplay Checklist:

* What world is your script taking us into?
* Is this a world the audince has never been to before - somewhere unique and interesting?
* Does your story take us behind the scenes and show us something new?
* How much of that world do you let us experience?
* How detailed and realistic is that experience?
* Does your script take place in a world an audience would WANT to spend 2 hours in?

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Does this gun fire 6 shots or only 5? In all of the excitement of writing your action scene, you might not have done the research... and your hero could be out of ammo! Whether you are writing a novel or screenplay, you can save your hero, and your story, by doing a little research first! This book looks at Why you should research, Whether you should research First or Later, PLUS the importance of World Building in Science Fiction, Fantasy... and the worlds you explore in every other genre. Movies like JOHN WICK and THE GODFATHER take place in their own unique worlds... and writers must create them! YOU are the technical advisor on your Screenplay or Novel.

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*** BREAKING IN BLUE BOOK *** - For Kindle!

Should really be called the BUSINESS BLUE BOOK because it covers almost everything you will need to know for your screenwriting career: from thinking like a producer and learning to speak their language, to query letters and finding a manager or agent, to making connections (at home and in Hollywood) and networking, to the different kinds of meetings you are will have at Studios, to the difference between a producer and a studio, to landing an assignment at that meeting and what is required of you when you are working under contract, to contracts and options and lawyers and... when to run from a deal! Information you can use *now* to move your career forward! It's all here in the Biggest Blue Book yet!

Print version was 48 pages, Kindle version is over 400 pages!

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NEW: Updates On Films 7 & 8 Casting!

All Six Movies analyzed! All of the mission tapes, all of the “that’s impossible!” set pieces and stunts, the cons and capers - and how these scenes work, the twists and double crosses, the tension and suspense (and how to generate it), the concept of each film as a stand alone with a different director calling the shots (broken in the sixth film), the gadgets, the masks, the stories, the co-stars and team members (one team member has been in every film), the stunts Tom Cruise actually did (and the ones he didn’t), and so much more! Over 120,000 words of fun info!

THE MISSION IMPOSSIBLE MOVIES - 347 Pages - Only $3.99 !




NEW: Updates on TREADSTONE TV show!

All five "Bourne" movies (including "Legacy" and it's potential sequels) - what are the techniques used to keep the characters and scenes exciting and involving? Reinventing the thriller genre... or following the "formula"? Five films - each with an interesting experiment! A detailed analysis of each of the films, the way these thrillers work... as well as a complete list of box office and critical statistics for each film. This book is great for writers, directors, and just fans of the series.

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Over 240 pages!

*** THE TERMINATOR MOVIES *** - For Kindle!

He's back! The release of "Terminator: Dark Fate" is set to begin a new trilogy in the Terminator story... 35 years after the first film was released. What draws us to these films about a cybernetic organism from the future sent back in time? Why is there a new proposed trilogy every few years? This book looks at all five Terminator movies from a story standpoint - what makes them work (or not)? What are the techniques used to keep the characters and scenes exciting and involving? How about those secret story details you may not have noticed? Containing a detailed analysis of each of the five films so far, this book delves into the way these stories work... as well as a complete list of box office and critical statistics for each film. This book is great for writers, directors, and just fans of the series.

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Strange Structures!



Contained Thrillers like "Buried"? Serial Protagonists like "Place Beyond The Pines"? Multiple Connecting Stories like "Pulp Fiction"? Same Story Multiple Times like "Run, Lola, Run"?

This book focuses on 18 of Hitchcock's 52 films with wild cinema and story experiments which paved the way for modern films. Almost one hundred different experiments that you may think are recent cinema or story inventions... but some date back to Hitchcock's *silent* films! We'll examine these experiments and how they work. Great for film makers, screenwriters, film fans, producers and directors.

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Alfred Hitchcock, who directed 52 movies, was known as the *Master Of Suspense*; but what exactly is suspense and how can *we* master it? How does suspense work? How can *we* create “Hitchcockian” suspense scenes in our screenplays, novels, stories and films?

This book uses seventeen of Hitchcock’s films to show the difference between suspense and surprise, how to use “focus objects” to create suspense, the 20 iconic suspense scenes and situations, how plot twists work, using secrets for suspense, how to use Dread (the cousin of suspense) in horror stories, and dozens of other amazing storytelling lessons. From classics like “Strangers On A Train” and “The Birds” and “Vertigo” and “To Catch A Thief” to older films from the British period like “The 39 Steps” and “The Man Who Knew Too Much” to his hits from the silent era like “The Lodger” (about Jack The Ripper), we’ll look at all of the techniques to create suspense!

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The new  MP3s are available now!


NOIR & MYSTERY80 minute MP3 packed with information on writing Film Noir and Mystery scripts. Using examples from CHINATOWN to OUT OF THE PAST to DOUBLE INDEMNITY you'll learn how to create stories in this dark, twisted genre. How to plant clues, red herrings, suspects, victims, spider women, fallen heroes, the funhouse mirror world of noir supporting characters... and the origins of Film Noir in literature Noir dialogue and how noir endings are different than any other genre. All of the critical elements necessary to write in this critically popular genre.
The Noir & Mystery Class is only $15 (plus $5 S&H). First 20 on Limited Black Disk!


IDEAS AND CREATIVITY - 80 minute MP3 packed with information. Tools to find ideas that are both personal *and* commercial. Hollywood wants scripts with High Concept stories... but not stupid scripts. Developing *intelligent* high concept ideas. How to turn your personal story into a blockbuster - or find your personal story in a high concept idea. Brainstorming and being creative. Ideas and Creativity is $10.00 (plus $5 S&H)

WRITING INDIES - Writing an Indie film? This class covers everything you need to know - from Central Locations to Confined Cameos. Using examples from SWINGERS, THE COOLER, STATION AGENT and others, this 80 minute MP3 is packed with information. How Indoe films challenge the audience (while mainstream films reassure the audience). Structures, using BOYS DON'T CRY, RUN LOLA RUN, HILARY & JACKIE, and others as example. Writing for a budget, writing for non-actors, getting the most production value out of your budget. Writing Indies is $10.00 (plus $5 S&H)

WRITING HORROR - The essentials of a horror screenplay - what do ROSEMARY'S BABY, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE EXORCIST, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE OTHERS and OPEN WATER have in common? This class will tell you! All of the critical elements necessary to write a script that scares the pants off the audience. Writing Horror is $10.00 (plus $5 S&H).

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bluebook E BOOKS: New Blue Books and Novelettes!
I am expanding all of the Blue Books from around 44 pages of text to around 200 pages! Some are over 250 pages! See what is availabale and what is coming soon!Also, I've been writing Novelletes and there will soon be novels.

Furious Action Class

Cult Films, Exploitation, Bikers & Women In Prison, Monster Movies.

Producing my own scripts, investment possibilities, pipe dreams.


Naked Class The NAKED SCREENWRITING CLASS ON MP3! The 2001 London Class on 8 MP3s! Recorded *live* the morning after the Raindance Film Festival wrapped. The two day class on 8 MP3s, plus a workbook, plus a bonus MP3 with PDFs.
The 2 Day Class on MP3!


A Whole Week Of Programming!
(no actual sex is involved)
From Trailer Tuesday to Film Courage Plus to THRILLER Thursday to Fridays With Hitchcock and more! My blog has all kinds of great stuff! Check it out! Lots of cool stuff every day!


Each Blue Book is 48 pages and focuses on a different aspect of screenwriting. Dialogue. Visual Storytelling. Your First Ten Pages. Act 2 Booster. Protagonists. Great Endings.
Seventeen Blue Books now available!

THE SECRETS OF ACTION SCREENWRITING The Best Nuts & Bolts Screenwriting Book On The Market!


My nineteen produced films, interviews with me in magazines, several sample scripts, my available scripts list... And MORE!
...............................BILL'S CORNER

Available Scripts


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