Category Archives: Screenwriting

Bastards of Bond

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Bastards of Bond is a short film script I wrote a couple of years ago. It’s a comedy about what happens when all the illegitimate children that James Bond abandoned at the end of his movies meet at an absent father support group. Continue reading

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The Inception of My Screenwriting: Or the Movie that Made Me Want to Write Movies

InceptionWith the recent release of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, I thought I’d look back at the filmmaker’s career— and mine. Ever since The Prestige, a new Nolan film is an event in my life. He is the single-most influential writer/director on my own writing, and the film of his that has had the greatest impact on me is Inception. Continue reading

How to Learn the Art of Screenwriting for Free

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My first introduction to screenplays was through my college screenwriting class. My professor was helpful in teaching me the basics like three-act structure, and I applied it by writing two short films. A college education is naturally quite expensive, but it wasn’t until a couple of years after college that I really learned how to write feature length movies. I didn’t pay private script consultants or attend expensive conferences and seminars. I basically taught myself everything there is to know about screenwriting, and I learned it all essentially free of charge. Here’s how I did it: Continue reading

Why I Started This Blog

1. Because I used to blog.

I began my writing career with a blog (Nova News) about my college basketball team, the Villanova Wildcats. The blog started as a project for a class in college, but I continued it long after the class ended— four years in total. I wrote at least one blog post for every game, which was twice a week for the entire season. Maintaing the blog built my writing habit, and more importantly, it taught me that writing could be fun. Continue reading

Legos Taught Me to Write

Lego movieI saw The Lego Movie recently, and besides teaching me that “everything is awesome”, it reminded me of my childhood playing with Legos. I was an avid collector and loved building the sets then later playing with them. Unlike the child in the movie, I generally followed the instructions, but just like him, when I played with my Legos, I created elaborate stories with the figures and settings. Continue reading

My Writer’s Origin Story

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A lot of writers say they’ve dreamed their entire lives of becoming a professional writer. They always knew writing was what they were meant to do. This was not the case for me. I didn’t write creatively as a child, and I didn’t really enjoy reading that much either. For most of my life, I had no idea what I wanted to do. Continue reading