Insightful article about the three structures that can keep your audience engaged regardless of whether you are writing a genre film, a comedy or a drama. Good to be reminded of the power of: Suspense Surprise Curiosity https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/series/first-draft/first-draft-psychological-states/
The worst thing you can do as a writer is to endeavour to write a "great" script as achieving greatness is a daunting thought, and for some paralyzing. Try instead to make each draft BETTER. Your next draft doesn't have to be great, just better. Identify an area you need to work on, for example … Continue reading Forget “great”, just make it “better”
I've just read a great article by Scott Myers ("Going into the Story") which made me realize how profoundly engrained our biases as storytellers can be. Indeed, I myself as a writer, have been guilty of describing female protagonists as "beautiful" or something to that effect - in addition to be strong and well-rounded of course. … Continue reading Introducing female characters
Here is a popular script development article I wrote a while ago where I recommend screenwriting tools which have proved helpful for the writers I work with as well as ourselves at Frenzy Films as we develop our own projects and put them through the ringer. So I thought I'd republish it here. 1. Remember: … Continue reading 6 Tips to Re-Build Your Story From the Ground Up
TO MINIMIZE TALKING HEADS SCENARIOS! If you're thinking of writing your own screenplay for a film, Dov S-S Simens in From Reel to Deal" recommends that you create a story with minimal characters and locations; i.e. something that is like a filmed play. It's a great piece of advice because it means you'll be writing a script that … Continue reading How to make your dialogue heavy scene more compelling….
I have recently come across this interesting article by Carson Reeves on Scriptshadow where he discusses Militia (which is a Black List script I enjoyed reading) and if you want to make a low or micro-budget film the best thing is to come up with a compelling SITUATION – a life-changing moment set in one location. Ok, what are some … Continue reading To write a low budget film think SITUATION!
Theme is something many writers struggle with, but the truth is it rarely emerges at the beginning of the beginning of the script development process, more often than not it's something that is REVEALED to the writer after a few drafts. At least that's my experience with my own writing but also what I've observed … Continue reading Find your theme… but don’t worry if you have no clue what are you are trying to say (yet)
Tom Flynn wrote 28 scripts, sold 12 comedies but had to wait until he switched genre and wrote GIFTED to see one of his stories finally see the day of light after decades of writing scripts that were never made into movies. Now that's persistence for you. http://www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com/how-gifted-screenwriter-tom-flynn-switched-genres-and-got-disney-interested/
Protagonists who have it too easy make for a boring read, which is why Carson @Scriptshadow suggests you learn how to say NO to your characters: http://scriptshadow.net/just-say-no-to-your-main-character/
Boileau, a French poet and critic, said, “An idea well conceived presents itself clearly, and words to express it come readily”. The same applies to the art of pitching your story. Learn how to pitch your idea and capture your friends' attention before you commit weeks, months (sometimes years!) to developing your story further. The task might … Continue reading Hone your pitch before you write.