Stephanie Bourbon on How to Craft A Great Ending

One of our fave writer-illustrator-screenwriting-vloggers, Stephanie Bourbon, modestly informs us of something we’ve all been, um, dying – metaphorically only, please! – to know:


by Stephanie Bourbon

Hello, Dear Writers!

Today I have this short blog about writing the perfect ending. 

Have you ever read a book, watched a movie, stayed up all night watching the end of a series on Netflix only to be left dissatisfied, angry, betrayed by the writer and or just plain icky??

YES, you have. All of us have! And it stinks. It’s the worst when you are like, “OMG that would have been amazing but he/she effed up the ending!!”

I can think of so many films and books that I loved until the last quarter. I don’t know if it’s laziness, or just not caring or what but OMG the ending NEEDS to be good. 

The ending is WHAT GIVES MEANING TO THE STORY.

The ending of any story must have these elements to be strong….

Read it all at stephaniebourbon.com


Former Larry Brody student Stephanie Olivieri Bourbon has found great success as a writer, illustrator, and expert consultant. This article first appeared in her blog at stephaniebourbon.com.

SCREENPLAY CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT MADE EASY.

OMG! ScriptReaderPro.Com is recommending a hack. And we’re aiding and abetting!


Make screenplay character development 100x easier with this #1 hack
via Script Reader Pro

Do you have an incredible idea for a script, but are unsure how to make the characters feel real? Do you often get the note back that your characters feel two-dimensional?

Here’s a simple screenplay character development hack that most aspiring writers don’t use, but will quickly elevate your characters above the norm. We consider it essential, in fact, as it will help you crack the motivations of your characters wide open.

So, let’s dive into the strategy you can use to write better screenplay characters that act and feel real.

The ultimate character hack.

The hack we recommend you use is called the Enneagram. Without going into a history lesson, the Enneagram is a personality-type grading system. Along the lines of Meyers-Briggs, or even—gulp—astrology.

We’re going to focus on screenplay character development in this post, but the Enneagram Insitute is the place to find out more about it.

The central conceit of the test is that there are nine basic types of people. Everyone who takes the test is assigned a “type” on a scale from one to nine, which are:

1. Reformer.

This personality type is purposeful, principled, always in control and something of a perfectionistic. Read more about the Reformer here.

2. Helper.

If your screenplay character is a generous, people-pleaser, they’re likely to be a Helper. Also, demonstrative and prone to being a tad possessive. Read more about the Helper here.

3. Achiever.

Does one of your characters always check their hair before leaving the house? Chances are they’re an image-conscious Achiever. They’re also very adaptive and driven. Read more about the Achiever here.

4. Individualist.

This character type is your screenplay’s sensitive, withdrawn type. Also self-absorbed, temperamental and fiercely individualistic. Read more about the Individualist here.

Read it all at SCRIPTREADERPRO.COM

Herbie J Pilato Talks ‘Frasier,’ One of the Modern Powerhouses of Syndicated TV

TVWriter™’s pioneering Consulting Editor Emeritus tells us the tale of one of the most popular shows on TV today…even though it went off the network air 15 years ago.


by Herbie J Pilato


Writer/producer Herbie J Pilato is the host of the TV talk show THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, now streaming on Amazon Prime and the author of several pop-culture/media tie-in books. He has been part of TVWriter™ for over 20 years and is Contributing Editor Emeritus. Learn more about Herbie J HERE.

Big Production dreams? No $$$? Read This

The people over at Stage32.Com are so smart they sometimes scare us. Here, as Rod Serling might have said way back when, is a “case in point.”


How to Create a Web Series with Literally Zero Budget
by William Joseph Hill

The funny thing about coming up with a web series is that sometimes it’s better to not try and create a web series. What do we mean by that? Well, if you’re looking for a big picture to start from, chances are you won’t be satisfied with anything less than a big idea.

The saying goes “Write what you know.” That’s true — we had a lot of ideas that weren’t related, so we started making short films in our apartment, using just us as the cast and crew. A few of our early films consisted of taking a nursery rhyme and turning them into sketches. The Muffin Man was our first short we did together, and we followed up with Itsy Bitsy Spider which had some visual effects thrown in for good measure.

Our third short film together was based on a song that Pamela had come up with years before…That Darn Girlfriend. The song was based on a rant Pamela had about relationships, but the song morphed into something that sounded more like a 1960s sitcom. So we shot it as if it was a sitcom, with an old TV 4:3 aspect ratio and Technicolor-style color grading. Vic, the boyfriend, came home from a business trip to tell his girlfriend Valerie that she got his plane ticket for the wrong destination. With an added laugh track, and cartoony end credits that reminded us of the old “Bewitched” title sequence, we had our classic TV parody.

Audiences who watched the episode on our YouTube channel loved it and kept asking us when the next episode was coming out. At that point, we realized that we actually had a web series! The short film became the pilot. The great thing about this project is that because it is completely episodic, where each episode stands alone and isn’t really serialized, we didn’t need to plan out the entire season before going into production. Sometimes the big picture starts with a sketch…!

Read it all at stage32.com

Herbie J Pilato Talks ‘Bridget Loves Bernie’ – Unsung but Not Forgotten

TVWriter™’s pioneering Consulting Editor Emeritus tells us the story of a seminal TV series that, well, that very few people ever realized was as groundbreaking as it was. Hi Bridget! Hi Bernie!


by Herbie J Pilato


Writer/producer Herbie J Pilato is the host of the TV talk show THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, now streaming on Amazon Prime and the author of several pop-culture/media tie-in books. He has been part of TVWriter™ for over 20 years and is Contributing Editor Emeritus. Learn more about Herbie J HERE.