Craft

the theory and practise of screenwriting

 James Napoli

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 […]

 Jim

Why You Should Play Closer Attention To Your Characters

Why You Should Play Closer Attention To Your Characters

If we asked you what was the most important aspect of your screenplay, your answer should be your characters. Certainly, other factors such as dialogue and plot are critical to your screenwriting, but not as much as textured characters. They are the beating heart of your story. Your audience invests in character more than anything […]

 Jim

Writing The Perfect Horror Screenplay

Writing The Perfect Horror Screenplay

Horror movies were traditionally saved for bulk release during the month of October. Every stripe of horror was fired from the studio cannons and executives crossed their fingers and hoped for the best. Then studio executives discovered there were eleven more months in the year that were being consistently neglected. Although many marquee horror films […]

 Jim

8 Types Of Opening Scenes To Make Your Screenplay Stand Out

8 Types Of Opening Scenes To Make Your Screenplay Stand Out

After the title of your screenplay, the opening scenes will create the biggest impressions on a reader. They will immediately get a sense of what they signed up for and whether the script is likely to deliver. The first few pages of your screenplay must work on a multitude of levels. It must: set the […]

 Michael Lee Simpson

What Makes A Good Scene In Your Screenplay?

What Makes A Good Scene In Your Screenplay?

An estimated five hundred thousand feature films are floating around on earth, circulating among us, streaming on Netflix or Hulu, stacked in dated DVD collections, or stored in a basement somewhere on VHS tapes, lost since 1997. In general, there are forty to sixty scenes in a two- hour running time. That’s thirty million scenes […]

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