Craft

the theory and practise of screenwriting

 Michael Lee Simpson

What Makes A Good Scene In Your Screenplay?

What Makes A Good Scene In Your Screenplay?

An estimated five hundred thousand feature films are floating around on earth, circulating among us, streaming on Netflix or Hulu, stacked in dated DVD collections, or stored in a basement somewhere on VHS tapes, lost since 1997. In general, there are forty to sixty scenes in a two- hour running time. That’s thirty million scenes […]

 Jim

9 Ways To Make Your Supervillains Truly Villainous

9 Ways To Make Your Supervillains Truly Villainous

Stories are typically told in terms of a hero putting his or her wits against a villain hellbent on thwarting their efforts. Writing these characters is not as simple as the good guys (or gals) fighting the bad ones. Screenwriters who do this face the prospect of writing flat, cartoonish characters. Villains serve a much […]

 Jim

13 Types Of TV Writers’ Rooms Whiteboards

13 Types Of TV Writers’ Rooms Whiteboards

Every TV writer dreams about being part of the team that plots entire seasons and individual episodes of a television series. And for some, it will become a reality. In a few weeks, scripts of each episode will be written, filmed, and subsequently screened. It’s a far cry from the months or years it takes […]

 Jim

5 Character Revealing Scenes To Enhance Your Screenplay

5 Character Revealing Scenes To Enhance Your Screenplay

It is written that every scene in your screenplay must do one of two things – reveal character or advance the plot of the story. Ideally, screenwriters should aim to do both to elevate their scripts. There are a number of pivotal scenes described in this article that give both writers and audiences a defining […]

 Jim

10 Ways To Use Plot Twists In Your Screenplay

10 Ways To Use Plot Twists In Your Screenplay

Plot twists are screenwriting devices to take your story in a new and unexpected direction. They are an effective tool for screenwriters to get audiences out of auto-pilot mode and engage them with an event that’s plausible yet surprising. Plot twists deepen your story because your audience becomes further invested in the outcome of your […]