My name is Phil Dyer and I am a screenplay reader for the Academy of Art University and for two production companies. I absolutely love screenwriters and screenwriting. For my money, screenwriters are the nicest and most interesting people to be around and screenwriting is the most fun and creative format that any writer could ever hope for. Screenwriters are even such great people that they are willing to overlook run-on sentences that end with prepositions, such as the one that I just wrote. That's just how cool screenwriters are!
Like many coverage writers who have come before me, I have seen the same basic screenwriting mistakes over and over again. That's understandable since screenwriting has a ton of little rules designed to keep anyone who isn't 100% committed to learning the craft out of the hallowed halls of the WGA. Every industry has it's own barriers to entry, so why shouldn't screenwriting?
My goal in writing this blog is to break down those barriers for you so that nothing will stand between you and the successful screenwriting career that you deserve. I'll start by posting my own top ten list of screenwriting mistakes that annoy readers the most – okay, that annoy me the most. Then I'll update the blog regularly with additional tips that will help you craft a screenplay that is guaranteed to impress any reader – or your blog money back!
I always welcome your comments and questions and will strive to reply to all of them. I hope that you will enjoy reading this blog and that you will become and even better screenwriter because of it.