The 2nd edition of The Coffee Break Screenwriter just came out recently. Pilar Alessandra is the author and a script consultant who began her career as a script reader for Amblin Entertainment. She went on to provide story analysis for DreamWorks and Robert Zemeckis?s company ImageMovers. Today she has her own screenwriting consulting company called On the Page. Her students have written for shows like The Walking Dead, Lost, and Grey?s Anatomy and have sold scripts to Disney, DreamWorks, and Warner Bros.
When it makes sense to use a script consultant
Why writing elaborate backstories for characters can be a crutch
The importance of setup and payoff and how it is used on Game of Thrones
Some tired tropes in film and television shows that need to be retired
A simple way to keep a writing habit going
How filmmakers can give helpful feedback to writers
How a small structural change could have made Star Wars into a different film