Paul Peditto is an award-winning screenwriter and director. His low-budget film Jane Doe starring Calista Flockhart won Best Feature at the New York Independent Film & Video Festival. Six of his screenplays have been optioned including Crossroaders to Haft Entertainment (Emma, Dead Poets Society). He recently wrote and produced the micro-budget feature Chat, currently distributed on iTunes, VUDU, YouTube, and Dish Network by Gravitas Ventures. . . . more

23Nov 2017

“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” -Erma Bombeck This is my Top 10 Thanksgiving movie list circa 2017. Also 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012. This list is old as hell, and for good reason. Classic movies are timeless… It’s Thanksgiving […]

15Nov 2017

I’m overdue on the subject of free Screenwriting Resources. Some of these I’ve posted before, other stuff offered up today is new. All of it can help you in your quest to get on the board, to have a career, to finally swim with angelfish and African Cichlids in your Hollywood Hills kidney-shaped swimming pool– […]

06Nov 2017

Hey folks… Ever wonder what happens after your movie actually gets made? What does the writer do on set, exactly? How should you conduct yourself? The hunt for the roadrunner across the Sahara desert occupies so much of a writer’s time– what happens when the thing actually gets made? Here’s my most recent article up on […]

25Oct 2017

I’ve done quite a few of these best blog posts over the years. For screenwriting, let’s face it, there’s GO INTO THE STORY and there’s everyone else. Sure, the John August blog is essential. nofilmschool is a staggering resource. William Martell’s Sex In A Submarine is a killer and, of course, Script Mag where, yeah, […]

16Oct 2017

Good Reader, it’s time for Version 3 of our thrilling revisiting of screenplay format! I give you my word– and you can judge this for yourself starting with that Velveeta log above– this will be no bland/mind-numbingly boring discussion on the “rules” of screenwriting. This one will be F-U-N! Vamos…. THE VELVEETA CHEESE RULE “Keep […]

07Oct 2017

Today we’ll try one more riff off the wonderful Buzzfeed article “129 of the most beautiful shots in movie history”. I wondered what the scripts for each of these frames would look like. Film, being a visual medium, places the director’s place at (or near) the top of the priority pyramid. While the screenwriter’s place […]

30Sep 2017

I’ve been writing for Script Magazine for two years now. It’s been a great pleasure to meet some of the people who write for the magazine as well as editor par excellance Jeanne Bowerman. Jeanne curates some mean content at Script Mag. In case you don’t visit that site and are interested in screenwriting, we’ll […]

20Sep 2017

Flash vs. Flashback

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Yeah, I know it’s from a College Humor video, but remember that scene in Batman Begins where Scarecrow throws that powder in Batman’s face? He freaks out and starts rolling around, but he also starts seeing really bad memories and we see them right with him. We don’t actually flashback to those things, but we […]

13Sep 2017

Good Reader, how to choose?! Classic Bad Guys scenes… Antagonist forces blocking our hero’s journey. Nasty mofos with zero character arc who start the movie off rotten and end up even worse. “Complex” protagonists with so much black in them — think Tony Soprano or Walter White– that the good within them is but candlelight […]

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