Craft

the theory and practise of screenwriting

 Michael Lee Simpson

Why Do Some Filmmakers Revise History?

Why Do Some Filmmakers Revise History?

It’s August 8, 1969, in the Beverly Crest neighborhood of Los Angeles. Tucked comfortably away behind hedges on Cielo Drive, a French country-style mansion sits with five people alive and well inside. It’s the end of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Leonardo DiCaprio stands outside the gates. He’s playing the role of faded […]

 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 […]