Craft

the theory and practise of screenwriting

 Mark Sevi

Writing The Perfect Hallmark Holiday Romantic Comedy Movie

Writing The Perfect Hallmark Holiday Romantic Comedy Movie

Holiday films screened during major holidays are as sure as horror films screening at Halloween. Mark Sevi spoke with mega-producer Carol Baum about how screenwriters can best position themselves to sell their screenplays into this market which consistently looks for this material every year. Hallmark is the biggest producer of these films. According to Carol […]

 Mark Sevi

What Screenwriters Should Consider When Writing Holiday Films

What Screenwriters Should Consider When Writing Holiday Films

Creative Screenwriting Magazine contributing writer Mark Sevi shares his thoughts on writing the next Christmas (or other holiday) hit. So get cracking! THE WRITE TIME IS NOW When should you write that holiday film? Any time really, but if you’re shooting for Christmas this year, start now.   Sure, we’re all a little burned out with the […]

 Scott McConnell

Storytelling And The Importance of Theme

Storytelling And The Importance of Theme

The theme of a story, whether it be a novel, film, television show, or any kind of narrative, can be viewed in at least two ways. Most importantly, a theme is the idea that integrates everything in a story — the nature of its characters, their motivations, and arcs, as well as their conflicts and […]

 Jeff York

From Sherlock Holmes to Benoit Blanc: The Appeal of the Outsider Detective

From Sherlock Holmes to Benoit Blanc: The Appeal of the Outsider Detective

Sherlock Holmes is the world’s most beloved fictional detective, a literary character that has enthralled millions across the globe since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created him in 1887. Since then, many writers of the page and screen have created their own ridiculously intelligent and eccentric sleuths to solve their fictional mysteries as well. One of […]

 Jeff York

5 Ways Political Thrillers Like “The Report” Are So Palpable

5 Ways Political Thrillers Like “The Report” Are So Palpable

As the world seems increasingly fraught with danger, and Washington D.C. traffics in partisan battles day in and day out, it’s not surprising to see that political thrillers have been coming back in vogue. Argo, Bridge of Spies, and even Captain America: The Winter Soldier… they’re all political thrillers in their own way. If you’re a […]

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