I asked a bunch of film teachers and professionals what advice they’d give beginning filmmakers. Their suggestions became “The Seven Deadly Sins of Filmmaking.” Kelley Baker, author of The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide and I have a series of conversations about that list (now 25 strong!) of “The Seven Deadly Sins…”

Go to his excellent website, the Angry Filmmaker, to hear our stimulating, thought-provoking, educational and fascinating conversations on the subject of filmmaking.

They’re either on his homepage (up top or lower down) or under Filmmaking Tips.

We’ll be adding one a week. Enjoy and learn!

5 responses to “PODCASTS

  1. Antoinette

    I’m thoroughly enjoying script magazine.
    Love the article on Rubber Stamp Misery.
    Lots of good information in it.
    I will read my script one more time.

    • yourscreenplaysucks

      Tell your friends about the blog, about the article, about everything! Very glad you’re finding it helpful. I’d be interested to see if you find some stuff to change on your readthrough.

      Good luck with your script!!!

  2. Mike

    Love your book, even though professionals don’t follow your rules (read some screenplays). What ticks me off is your advice on scenes. You make it sound like it’s set in stone and it’s not. Great dialog driven movies like “Maltese Falcon” and “King’s Speech” would not exist if the writer followed your rules. Your scene section reads like it was intended for most of the crap we see at the movies and at video stores. I did enjoy some advice, but really, you need to revise and make it more universal. If not, change your title to “I don’t approve so your screenplay sucks!” Read William Fourgs on screenwriting, he caters to the artist, not shit we see.

    • yourscreenplaysucks

      Do you mean William Froug? He’s great. I’m writing for people who are looking for a way to get into the business. Who are writing their first script. Yes, art is important, but it’s crucial that beginning writers not make mistakes that will stop a reader from reading. Don’t know what you disapprove of in the scene section of my book, but in general, it’s meant to be a guideline not a rule. The only rule is don’t be boring, which the folks who wrote THE MALTESE FALCON and THE KING’S SPEECH would agree with.

    • GR

      There’s nothing wrong with disagreeing over one person’s approach, but you should lighten up when commenting at someone’s benevolent website (one that offers solid, caring — FREE — advice). Your reply was rather acidic, toxic even; try a less hostile tone and your contentions will register. Good manners still count, even in the anonymous world.

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