Christopher Riley ran the acclaimed script processing department at Warner Bros. He is a professional screenwriter working in Hollywood with his wife and writing partner, Kathleen Riley. Together they wrote the 1999 theatrical feature After the Truth, a multiple-award-winning German language courtroom thriller. In addition to writing, the Rileys train aspiring screenwriters and have taught throughout the world.
Articles by Christopher Riley
Formatting Scripts to Sell: Advanced format and style tips that can turn a good script into a great read
Before a film or television script can fulfill its destiny in front of cameras and on screens around the world, it must first succeed as a piece of literature, a document that captivates the reader before it delights the viewer. Since film and television are collaborative media, the first job of a script is to ... (read more)
We've all heard the warning against overwriting our screenplays by including too much camera direction or too many slug lines. We worry about getting it wrong, because we're professionals. Or at least we want our scripts to make us look that way.
A little knowledge about how the pros use shot headings will go a long way toward equipping us to make a professional impression with eve... (read more)