John and Craig discuss suspense and its function in all genres, from thrillers to romcoms. They examine suspense of the known and of the unknown and the techniques available to construct it. We also answer listeners questions about registering scripts with the WGA, how to overcome creative paralysis and unconventional sluglines. Links: The WGA’s page […]
When working of paper edits, I’ve found the fastest solution is to stop scrolling altogether and use the built-in search function.
John and Craig speculate about why the film industry fared better in the transition to digital while the music industry struggled. We also follow up on the WGA elections, hearing John’s priorities as a new board member. Lured back into the intrigue of MoviePass, we discuss new information on this business model. Then it’s another […]
A beta tester asked for the ability to split scenes into individual pages. That’s remarkably easy to do in Highland.
Less IMDb, our browser extension for making IMDb less cluttered and more useful, was the very first app we made.1 Here’s what I wrote back in 2010: They’ve made it more difficult to do the one thing I come to IMDb to do: look at credits. New sections for photos, videos and trivia (star signs!) […]
Bronson Watermarker, our app for quickly personalizing PDFs, has an update in the Mac App Store. Version 2.0.4 fixes a minor drawing bug.
Weekend Read, our app for reading screenplays on the iPhone and iPad, can also read them aloud. Here’s how to do it.
In 2011, I wrote a post detailing my writing setup. Over the past five years several things have changed, so I thought I’d give it update.
Highland’s forced action syntax is a useful way to format unusual patterns in your screenplay.
The Other Sam Cooke writes about switching from Final Draft to Highland.
Craig and John open the mailbag to answer questions on acronyms in dialogue, off-the-air specs and international WGA jurisdiction. Plus we look at the growing trend of non-disclosure agreements on studio projects, and whether the nature of film requires less complex characters.
Weekend Read 1.5.4 adds optional push notifications for new scripts in the For Your Consideration section. It also fixes a really annoying bug where the app might insist that your library was full when it wasn’t.
Every Friday this summer, we’re featuring exclusive scripts in Weekend Read. This weekend’s scripts include early drafts of The Spectacular Now, Erin Brockovich and an unproduced Black List script.
Leaving a review in the App Store helps pay it forward, letting potential buyers know that an app has fans. Here are the four most recent Highland reviews: three raves, and one disappointed user.
Every Friday this summer, we’ll be featuring exclusive scripts in Weekend Read. This weekend’s scripts include National Treasure, I Fucked James Bond, and my pilot Chosen.
Most of the support emails we get are about problems. Something isn’t working right, or is confusing, and a customer needs help. Roughly once a week, we’ll get a support email that is, well, supportive. So I thought I’d single two of them them out, both to thank the users who took the time to write them and encourage everyone to tell developers when things are great.
Our two major screenwriting apps have updates out this week, fixing minor bugs and annoyances.
Craig and John talk with the owner of Scripped.com to investigate what happened when the online screenwriting site suddenly went down this week, erasing four years of screenwriters’ work. When things went south, why did he try to distance himself from the debacle, and what comes next? It’s a candid discussion — but far less uncomfortable than the Final Draft episode.
Craig and John wrap up many plotlines from previous episodes, with follow-up on Three Page Challenges, diversity numbers, Road Runner and other rules, plus the Gravity lawsuit in light of the Blurred Lines verdict.
John and Craig discuss this year’s screenplay Oscar winners, including the success of Birdman’s outside-the-box approach and Graham Moore’s speech.
In some cases, you’ll absolutely want to use (cont’d) to indicate a character is still speaking. But it’s not always the right choice, which is why we don’t do it automatically in Highland.
Weekend Read, our app for reading screenplays on the iPhone, will be adding two much-requested features in the next major update: iPad support and syncing through iCloud.
A screenwriter friend just emailed me to ask how she could get one of her scripts to look good on the Kindle. You can’t. It’s the wrong tool for the job.
Weekend Read, our app for reading screenplays on the iPhone, now features scripts from 21 of this year’s award contenders.
After four years of discussion, three complete do-overs and two print runs, we finally launched Writer Emergency Pack. It’s a deck full of useful ideas to help get your story unstuck.