Tripod of Suspense Storytelling

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/  

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How to make your dialogue heavy scene more compelling….

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….

To write a low budget film think SITUATION!

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!

Find your theme… but don’t worry if you have no clue what are you are trying to say (yet)

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)

Hone your pitch before you write.

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.