James Napoli

How To Climb Into Your Screenplay (Part 4)

How To Climb Into Your Screenplay (Part 4)

The French New Wave filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard famously said, “A film should have a beginning, middle and end, but not necessarily in that order.” That’s perfectly fine for the director of Breathless and dozens of other films that openly defy storytelling traditions, but we screenwriters that delve deeply into story need to work within that […]

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How to Climb into Your Screenplay (Part 3)

How to Climb into Your Screenplay (Part 3)

You’ve put your script through its try-everything development stage, getting clear on your characters, locations, themes, and intent. That was fun, wasn’t it? Now it’s time to connect-the-dots and build your story scene-by-scene.   On the way into this, decide on a few things first:   Point-of-View (POV)   Perhaps strange to think about, since we […]

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How to Climb into Your Screenplay (Part 2)

How to Climb into Your Screenplay (Part 2)

Okay, so you’ve gone through the various permutations of the initial inspiration for your idea and started to get a handle on how it might sustain a full story. You’ve worked out a good, story-driven logline to narrow down the basic progression of your narrative, and you’ve started to do research on any of the […]

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How To Climb Into Your Screenplay (Part 1)

How To Climb Into Your Screenplay (Part 1)

“Before you can write anything,  you have to notice something.” – John Irving Once a film script is written, once it is shot and becomes a movie, that is when critics and bloggers get to dig into the material and come up with the story’s overarching themes, what the characters represent, and what the screenwriter […]

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The Many Faces Of Supporting Characters

The Many Faces Of Supporting Characters

Supporting characters serve a lot of functions in films and TV, and, when approached properly, they enhance and burnish the overall impact of visual storytelling. Let’s take a look at some of the key functions of supporting characters in scripts: Throwing Obstacles in the Protagonist’s Path Let’s get clear from the start: we have to […]

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