Craft

the theory and practise of screenwriting

 Jim

Turbo Charge Your Dialogue

Turbo Charge Your Dialogue

Screenwriters are often told that actions speak louder than words, or the time-honored adage, “show us, don’t tell us.” But carefully constructed dialogue is vital to make your screenplay pop. Dialogue expresses the thoughts of your characters when actions can’t fully do so. Dialogue reinforces or contradicts actions. Alternatively, dialogue can act as the story […]

 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 […]

 Jim

10 Ways To End Your Screenplay

10 Ways To End Your Screenplay

The opening scenes of your screenplay are the first impressions a reader will get of your story. They are critical because they invite the reader into your story and encourage them to stay for the duration of your film or TV script. They will likely make their decisions on whether to invest in your screenplay […]

 Jim

Research 101 For Screenwriters

Research 101 For Screenwriters

Research is an essential part of most screenplays in order for writers to create believable worlds and characters. But not all research is designed to draw on facts and knowledge to be included in your story. Sometimes research can simply be used to create a veritable background for the story to unfold. Screenwriters can undertake […]

 Jim

Constructing Better Screenplay Scenes

Constructing Better Screenplay Scenes

Screenwriting is one of the most economical forms of storytelling. A scene should act as a self-contained unit with a distinct beginning, middle, and an end. Think of scenes as cells in a living organism. It is essential that screenwriters understand that every scene must do at least one of these four things: reveal character […]

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