Mistakes That Screenwriters Make On Page 1 — Shannan E. Johnson

Film Courage: What are the biggest mistakes a screenwriter makes on Page 1?

Writer/Instructor and Script Consultant Shannan E. Johnson (The Professional Pen): I think one of the biggest mistakes is jumping into something that is not going to teach us anything, it doesn’t matter to the story but you think it’s cool. Understanding that those first few pages are about the setup. So this is me gathering information about the character, about the world, about I’m going to start making assumptions about what’s going to happen. I’m not looking for the inciting incident on Page 1 but I am looking for things that are…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).









About Shannan:

After grad school I became a junior creative executive at NBCUniversal at the Syfy Channel. I was there for the rebrand. Remember Sci Fi? Yeah, not really. Anywho, it was my job to help writers and producers take their ideas from pitch to production. I co-exec’d on Alphas, Being Human, Haven, Sanctuary, Warehouse 13, and more Syfy dramedies. This is how I honed my skill in all stages of the screenwriting process…(read more here).

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