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Spotlight: The Burden of Truth

Spotlight: The Burden of Truth

Josh Singer discusses his commitment to truth and authenticity, the power of the newsroom, and the challenge of condensing life stories into a two-hour film.

By Carla Iacovetti. From a news story that broke in Boston, to a major motion picture that was just nominated for six Academy Award nominations (best picture, best director, best screenplay, best supporting actor, best supporting actress and best film editing), Spotlight is a very interesting film, because there is not one hero, but several […]

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Calculating Emotions: Elements of Screenwriting and Human Behavior

Calculating Emotions: Elements of Screenwriting and Human Behavior

Author and professor of psychology Dr. William Indick reveals how to connect an audience to story.

By Carla Iacovetti. There is nothing like a film that jolts your emotions. Whether you are moved to tears, or nearly fallout on the floor laughing, when your reactions to a story are vivid, you will remember the story long after you’ve digested the popcorn and moved on with life; it is indelible. But lasting […]

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Creating Believable Characters

Creating Believable Characters

Carla Iacovetti explores the importance of good characterization, and discusses the issue with award-winning scriptwriter Glenn Benest.

By Carla Iacovetti.   “Structure is very important to a story, but you’re really missing the boat if you think structure is the only reason that a movie works. The big difference is character.  The heart of the movie is how deeply you (the writer) and the audience connect emotionally with the protagonist.”  — Glenn M. […]

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To Flashback or Not to Flashback, That is the Question

To Flashback or Not to Flashback, That is the Question

David Trottier on The Use of Flashbacks.

By Carla Iacovetti. “About 95% of the flashbacks in unsold scripts don’t work. In first-time scripts, usually a flashback is used as a crutch; a cheap way to introduce exposition.” – David Trottier. David Trottier has sold or optioned ten screenplays (three produced). As an award-winning teacher and in-demand script consultant, David has helped hundreds of […]

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David Ball on Breaking Down the Action

David Ball on Breaking Down the Action

Using backwards and forward writing to craft a cohesive screenplay

“An event is anything that happens. When one event causes or permits another event, the two events together comprise an action. Actions are a [screenplay’s] primary building blocks.”—David Ball   by Carla Iacovetti In order to comprehend how a screenplay works, you need to have a keen understanding of action and be more than familiar […]