Craft

the theory and practise of screenwriting

 Mark Sevi

Getting Your Screenplay Moments Right

Getting Your Screenplay Moments Right

“Moments. Give the audience half a dozen moments they can remember, and they’ll leave the theatre happy.” – Actress Rosalind Russell “I heard you laugh in the right places. I heard you moved in the right places, and that’s all movies are about — moments and if you do them right – sometimes there are […]

 James Napoli

The Many Faces Of Supporting Characters

The Many Faces Of Supporting Characters

Supporting characters serve a lot of functions in films and TV, and, when approached properly, they enhance and burnish the overall impact of visual storytelling. Let’s take a look at some of the key functions of supporting characters in scripts: Throwing Obstacles in the Protagonist’s Path Let’s get clear from the start: we have to […]

 Patrick O'Driscoll

Character Behavior – 3 Important Touchstones

Character Behavior – 3 Important Touchstones

Personality goes a long way, but if a protagonist’s behavior is not terribly well-thought-out, their winning persona won’t save them from audience disinterest. Suspension of disbelief is the most generous gift a reader or viewer can give your screenplay. It’s as vital as it is fragile. Spoil it and they’ll check out of your story or, worse, […]

 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 […]