Whether you choose to ignore it or not, there is always an image on the screen”

Bill Boyle

Bill Boyle

Bill Boyle is an award win­ning screen­writer who has been involved in the film indus­try in both Canada and the U.S. for over 25 years as a writer, direc­tor, agent, pro­ducer, story edi­tor and mentor.

He has become one of the most pop­u­lar script con­sul­tants in the indus­try and has con­sulted on nearly 1,000 screen­plays. Cre­ative Screen­writ­ing Mag­a­zine rated him among the top 10% of screen­writ­ing consultants.

He presently teaches screen­writ­ing at UCLA Exten­sions as well as lec­tur­ing at var­i­ous uni­ver­si­ties and film schools through­out Canada and the United States.

Mr. Boyle dif­fers from most of the other screen­writ­ing gurus in that he also main­tains a suc­cess­ful screen­writ­ing career. Films based on his screen­plays have received mul­ti­ple awards and recog­ni­tion includ­ing; Palm Springs Film Fes­ti­val “Crit­ics Choice” • Atlantic City Film Fes­ti­val “Audi­ence Choice” • Toronto Reel World Fes­ti­val “Best Cana­dian Fea­ture” • ACTRA nom­i­na­tion for Best Dra­matic Writer • Cana­dian Film Awards Final­ist • Recip­i­ent of the Harold Green­berg Fund • Chicago Film Fes­ti­val Spe­cial Jury Nomination.

He is also the lead pro­po­nent of a visual style of screen­writ­ing called “The Visual Mind­scape of Screen­play”. His text­book of the same name was released in early 2013.


7 thoughts on “Whether you choose to ignore it or not, there is always an image on the screen”

  1. JP Ducasse

    Hi Bill!

    I hope every­thing is okay with you. I don’t know if you remem­ber me. I took a cou­ple of your classes years ago. I really liked them. They had a pro­found effect on me. Just wanted to say thank you for teach­ing me.

    Keep your stick on the ice,


  2. Natalia Megas


    I recently read your arti­cle on script­mag “Visual Mind­scape: You Can Make it as a Screen­writer from Any­where” and greatly enjoyed your advice, insight and ideas, espe­cially the one about work­ing together with other writ­ers to form a co-operative agency. You men­tioned in the arti­cle that we could leave a post, request­ing more infor­ma­tion. I wasn’t able to leave a mes­sage at scriptmag.com so I hope you don’t mind me tak­ing the lib­erty of post­ing about it here.

    Any more advice or direc­tion on start­ing up a co-operative agency for writ­ers would greatly be appreciated.

    Thank you.


  3. Jeanette


    I just read your arti­cle on script­magazine where you men­tioned co-operative agency and am very intrigued on how this would work. Could you please pro­vide me information.

    Oh, and as a emerg­ing writer real­iz­ing I can break the code and write from a visual stand point and not hav­ing to be a pris­oner to the three act struc­ture is freeing.

    Look­ing for­ward to read­ing your book.

    Best Regards,


  4. Chris

    Hello bill , thanks for your info, I am devel­op­ing an unscripted tele­vi­sion show for a celebrity , I have pro­duc­ers want­ing to involve in the project but I want to first sign a tal­ent deal/and option agree­ment with the artist/talent but need you to help me on the terms which could favor me. I am scared that as soon as the pro­ducer meets the tal­ent they could cut me off if I don’t have a solid agree­ment with the artist . What should I do?


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