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11 Screenwriting Lessons from M. Night Shyamalan

Ten screenwriting tips from M. Night Shyamalan. Wait—twist—there are 11!

Being No Film School’s resident Philadelphian (I’m writing this post in the South Street Diner right now), I am so excited to spend today talking about M. Night Shyamalan and his writing process. For those of you living under a rock, Shyamalan is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director. His most famous films include The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, The Visit, Split, and Old. Shyamalan is known for his twists and surprising plots, usually reinventing a genre.

Check out this list of 11 screenwriting tips from Outstanding Screenplays, and let’s talk after the jump.

11 Screenwriting Lessons from M. Night Shyamalan

1. Don’t be a writer/director if you have a choice among other professions. Only do it if it’s the only thing you want to do and if you have no other choice but to do it.

The old adage is, “If you think you can do anything else, go do it.” Hollywood is hard. It can take decades or more to break in, and even then, it’s a crapshoot if you can make it.

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Author: Jason Hellerman
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