Craft

the theory and practise of screenwriting

 James Napoli

There Is Nothing Wrong With Melodrama

There Is Nothing Wrong With Melodrama

Melodrama – noun  /ˈmel·əˌdrɑ·mə, -ˌdræm·ə/ A play or style of acting in which the characters behave and show emotion in a more noticeable way than real people usually do. – Cambridge English Dictionary. Teaching screenwriting, as I do, provides an ongoing wonderful lesson in subjectivity. Ask screenwriters where the inciting incident occurs in a screenplay, and a […]

 Jeff York

Biopics May Be Oscar Bait But Getting Them Right Is Tricky

Biopics May Be Oscar Bait But Getting Them Right Is Tricky

As soon as the trailer dropped for Judy, the new biopic about Judy Garland, Renée Zellweger became the front-runner for this year’s Best Actress Oscar. The physical resemblance was uncanny, as was the actress’s ability to channel the legend’s voice and mannerisms. Playing the famous is catnip for actors, and if done properly, it can […]

 Diane Drake

Subtext – The Beauty Of What’s Left Unsaid (Or Unwritten) In Your Screenplay

Subtext – The Beauty Of What’s Left Unsaid (Or Unwritten) In Your Screenplay

A problem I frequently come across as a screenwriting consultant and instructor is the tendency of writers to overwrite and to include too much on-the-nose exposition. This can quickly mark as a screenplay as amateurish, whereas its opposite—effective use of subtext— almost instantly conveys a more sophisticated and polished level of screenwriting. So, before I […]

 Patrick O'Driscoll

Thematic Conflict – The Intersection Of Dramatic Conflict And Theme

Thematic Conflict – The Intersection Of Dramatic Conflict And Theme

Like generating drama, exploring theme is a primary function of any story, but why is it so important? From Terrence Malick to Marvel, every cinematic story strives for audience involvement. For markets broad and niche, making people care is the name of the game. The most rudimentary method of captivating an audience is with dramatic conflict. […]

 Robert Tobin

How Objective And Subjective Storylines Can Improve Your Screenplay

How Objective And Subjective Storylines Can Improve Your Screenplay

Rob Tobin Screenwriting is both an art and a craft. By that, I mean that it is something you have to do from the heart (and soul) and from the mind (and reason). It requires passion, but also discipline and knowledge. So what? Well… so if you want to be most effective as a screenwriter […]

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