…Even if you’ve never been arrested!

Expert Advice from a Former Federal Agent
via Script Reader Pro

Thankfully, screenwriting isn’t just about “writing what you know.” It’s obviously also about creating and recreating worlds that you might have zero experience of.

So let’s say you want to write a script that involves a crime scene or police investigation scene… But you’ve never been involved with law enforcement.

Many aspiring writers don’t see a problem here. They just dive into writing the script—and fill in the blanks using their imagination.

They feel that because they’ve watched so many police procedural shows, they have a good enough idea of how crime scene investigators operate.

The vast majority then wind up suffering from a severe lack of believability.

Professional writers take a different tack.

They do research.

Writing a crime scene or a whole police investigation script with all the correct details in place will help make for a better story and, ultimately, a better chance of a sale.

Introducing Kirk Flashner: a law enforcement technical advisor…

One way of doing this is to enlist the help of a professional advisor who can read your script and let you know what you’re getting right in your crime scene and what you’re getting wrong.

If you’re writing a crime-based feature script or TV show, you should definitely consider hiring the expert services of a guy like Kirk Flashner.

For almost 27 years he was officially employed as a Federal Agent for the United States Government. He is now a technical advisor for film and TV—reviewing scripts to ensure technical accuracy for law enforcement practices and procedures.

Kirk has been kind enough to make a list of the more common misconceptions he finds in scripts when it comes to police investigation scenes and you can find his contact details at the end of the post….


Best Showbiz Cartoon of the Month So Far

NOTE FROM LB: This strip  from Thursday, May 7, 2020’s Funky Winkerbeat, may appear to be just another showbiz cliche, but in fact you’re looking at ans absolutely real, non-apocryphal situation.

I know because I’ve lived through at least half a dozen similar meetings, all with the same punchline.

You can find Funky at Comics Kingdom, among many other online places and offline ones too. (The latter are known as newspapers.

Becoming a Better Storyteller, For Fun If Not Profit

Not writing because you don’t think you know enough about how it’s done to let yourself plunge into your storytelling future?

Read on and change your life.

 by Matt Jacobs
via Filmmaking Lifestyle

Each stage of the filmmaking process brings its challenges to endure and resolve yet the writing process usually begins with a surge of excitement.

Your morale is high and your creative juices are undisturbed by the gruelling production labour needed to turn that story into a reality.

It’s at this time that you can explore possibilities and try new things without it doubling the production budget.

Even so, the best screenwriters are still highly practical and maintain awareness of the filmmaking prowess needed to pull off the hour long epic battle sequence (or lack thereof) and write with that in mind.

The balance between originality, creativity, practicality and discipline are the things I believe make an incredible screenwriter. Filmmaking is business yet it’s a medium that can be much more than a time killing money machine.

Powerful storytelling can inspire change, challenge beliefs and spur epiphany. What makes a great screenplay special is that it creates a blueprint for something amazing to come together but it’s seldom hard rules the director and crew must stick to.

A screenplay is not a precise indication of what the finished product will be like but, get it wrong and you essentially shoot the rest of the production in the foot.


n some cases, a newcomer has the drive to write scripts before they have any ideas that grab them.

In many cases though, a great idea emerges from the abyss and pulls the newcomer into the story making ringer.

In the former case, the question ‘what do I write about?’ can be an obstacle….

Read it all at

Watch the “Grace and Frankie” LIVE Table Read

Watch and listen and learn from the pros. And if you’re one of “those writers,” the kind who disdain actors, this should be an eye-opener.

We need to see more videos like this…but without the coronavirus in the forefront of our fears as we watch.


All bibles don’t have to be holy ones, but those for television series come close, at least in the eyes of their creators. And while the executives who read them as part of their prep for green-lighting a series may make changes, they expect to see something fresh, new, exciting, and just plain impossible to turn down in their email boxes or on their desks.

Here’s some good advice on how to write your maybe-not-so-sacred manuscript so it zings.

Learn how to write a TV show bible and market your pilot like a pro
by Script Reader Pro

So you’ve got a great idea for a TV show…

Do you just write the pilot and start sending it out into the industry? Or do you first write one of those mysterious things known as a “TV show bible”?

If you want to learn how to write a series bible but are unsure what it should include, where to start or whether you need to write one in the first place, look no further.

In this post, we’ll be covering:

 What is a TV series bible?

 Do you have to write a TV show bible? And if so, when?

 TV series bible template and format

 40 TV show bible examples to download and study

And much more. So let’s dive on in!

What is a TV series bible?

A TV show bible is a 5- to 15-page document put together by a writer to help them sell their TV show.

A well-put-together TV series bible is an in-depth blueprint of the show—story world, tone, plots and characters, etc.—and how each develop during season 1 and beyond.