In this episode we talk with Brad Johnson, who you may also know from his website and 52 Script Challenge ReadWatchWrite.com. We had a great talk about writing habit, the process, and critique. Brad is a pretty smart guy and he’s somehow figured out how to read and recall the entire internet. Enjoy the show!
Brad Johnson is a screenwriter and producer whose website,ReadWatchWrite.com, is devoted to helping screenwriters by promoting the mantra “Read scripts, watch movies, and write pages.” Brad also works as a script consultant and has worked with writers of all levels to develop and grow their screenwriting toolbox. You can join ReadWatchWrite on Facebook, and follow Brad on Twitter @RWWFilm.
A word from Brad Johnson.
Now back to the show! Where did RWW come from?
This all started with a desire to take screenwriting more seriously.
I knew the basics. I’d studied enough books to understand story structure – knew where the beats should fall in my script – understood what was generally accepted as proper formatting. Then I went and bought a copy of Final Draft, finished my first script and made the first cut in a contest.
But then the brakes went on. After a short while of wondering why people weren’t breaking down my door to buy my spec, I had to admit to myself that I wasn’t treating screenwriting like the career I want it to be.
It is, after all, an art form – a craft – and I needed to be willing to put in the hard work. I knew that it would take years of effort – thousands of hours honing my skill – if I was ever going to “make it”. And while all of that hard work wouldn’t guarantee that I’d have a career as a professional screenwriter – not doing it would guarantee that I WOULDN’T have one.
Time and again, I’d heard variations of the mantra “Read lots of scripts, watch lots of movies, and always keep writing.” It’s the best way to grow as a writer, and that’s where the name for the site – Read. Watch. Write – came from.
I decided to start with a challenge to myself – read a script a week for one year. I’ll read the screenplay, watch the film, reread the script, and jot down any thoughts I have along the way. A friend suggested that the journey might be worth blogging about – that others might be interested in hearing my thoughts – and a little bit later… here we are!
Let me be clear – I’m not pretending to offer any sage advice. I have never sold a script. I simply have a passion and have decided to give this thing my very best shot.
There will, of course, be more to the blog than just the 52-Script Challenge, all kinds of posts concerning film from a writer’s perspective. It’s going to be a living, breathing entity and it will evolve over time I’m sure.
Hopefully, people will find this journey interesting, and my hope is that some of you reading this might decide to come along for the ride as well!
– BMJ –
It’s 2015, which means it’s time for a new 52 Script Challenge!
Reading scripts is THE best way to improve your own writing and this list gives you one produced script a week – across various time-periods, and across all genres – to download, read, and learn from.
If you’re looking for more, you can take a look at the scripts featured in previous 52 Script Challenges here:
Make sure to keep writing as you work your way through these scripts and, when you’re ready, remember that ReadWatchWrite also offers script notes services!
As always, these scripts that are for educational purposes only. Enjoy!
– BMJ –
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