Saturday, 6 February 2010

The Golden Rule for Scriptwriters

A couple of nights ago I was at a dinner party and found myself sitting next to Doug Chamberlain, who wrote, among many other things, Toy Story 2. (Oh, what a glamorous life I lead!) Doug has given up Hollywood for the past couple of years to be a lecturer at Bath Spa University. We gossiped a bit about BSU, where I taught for a year about five years ago, and then talked about being a professional writer who also teaches.

Doug's verdict was that teaching was great, but marking sucked. He then commented that students seemed incapable of remembering the basic golden rule for scriptwriters, which I thought I'd share with you today:

If you can't see it, you can't hear it, you can't write it in your screen play.

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