Craft

the theory and practise of screenwriting

 Michael Lee Simpson

How Has The Character Of James Bond Evolved? (Part 1)

How Has The Character Of James Bond Evolved? (Part 1)

Dry Vodka Martini – Shaken Not Stirred. That famous drink immortalized by Sean Connery (James Bond) will forever live in our collective drinking psyches. Connery may have passed earlier this year, but his suave spy persona will live on in cinematic eternity as style-aspiring males point their finger guns at the screen. It seems befitting […]

 Kevin Nelson

How Do Dual Protagonists Function In Screenwriting?

How Do Dual Protagonists Function In Screenwriting?

In the dramatic arts, Thespis of Icaria was the first known person to embody a character from a written play before a crowd, thus introducing the protagonist to the world. The protagonist is the main character of the story. They are the central driving force of the narrative and undergo the greatest physical, emotional, intellectual, […]

 Jim

Should Screenwriters Always Write What They Know?

Should Screenwriters Always Write What They Know?

At some point, while staring at a blank screen, every screenwriter wonders what story to write next. Furthermore, they are always told to write what they know. Is this good advice? Is this the best question to be asking? Does writing material that you are very familiar with automatically lead to a better screenplay? What […]

 Jim

What Makes Heroes So Appealing?

What Makes Heroes So Appealing?

Heros are traditionally described as the main character or protagonist of a story. They have the most admirable qualities, they must overcome the greatest hurdles, and their stakes are often a matter of life or death. Most screenwriters are aware of the more common hero archetypes seen in film and television shows. Everyman – average […]

 Jim

Exploring Male Character Archetypes – The Lover

Exploring Male Character Archetypes – The Lover

The next male character archetype in our series is the lover. Ostensibly, these characters are primarily driven by heightened animalistic passion, desire, lust, and sexuality. There is more substance to the lover archetype than romance and sex. They are deep empaths that tap into the untold feelings of those around them. Lovers process life events […]

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