Craft

the theory and practise of screenwriting

 Jim

Exploring Male Character Archetypes – The King

Exploring Male Character Archetypes – The King

We’re exploring the King archetype in our series of male characters. The king is the most powerful of the male archetypes, as its name suggests. They are the rulers of their story kingdom, but also the judges. They yield tremendous power, but also mete out justice. As with the warrior archetype, kings are also susceptible […]

 Kevin Nelson

How Screenwriters Can Successfully Use Voice-over & Narration

How Screenwriters Can Successfully Use Voice-over & Narration

Voice-over gets a bad rap. To the point of being derided as kryptonite to your screenplay. Use it at your own risk! One of the most exhausted pieces of advice to be spread in Intro to Screenwriting classes everywhere is to never, ever use voice-over — so help you, god.  Of course, this is mostly rubbish, […]

 Jim

4 Ways To Boost The Scare Factor In Your Horror Screenplay

4 Ways To Boost The Scare Factor In Your Horror Screenplay

It’s Scriptoween month. Time to celebrate all things scary. Time to revisit those horror screenplay files and punch them up. Horror is a nuanced genre and setting up a sequence of gore-filled jump scares for ninety minutes won’t cut it anymore. Audiences are becoming far more sophisticated.   Too many horror films rely on gratuitous […]

 Jim

Exploring Male Character Archetypes – The Warrior

Exploring Male Character Archetypes – The Warrior

Male characters are far more complex than they are typically portrayed in film and television. Are you a fighter or a lover? It’s overly simplistic to portray masculine characters in such a binary fashion since most men possess a hybrid of many character traits. Nonetheless, it’s helpful to categorize male characters by their prevailing traits […]

 Michael Lee Simpson

What Makes A Character Memorable?

What Makes A Character Memorable?

A white feather floats through the air, drifting high in the afternoon sky. As it drops, fluttering through clouds, “Paramount Pictures Presents” fades in with opening titles—“A Steve Tish/Wendy Finerman Production”—“A Robert Zemekis Film”—and the feather travels further on its journey, whisked away by the breeze, hovering over a busy Savannah, Georgia street. The feather […]