Craft

the theory and practise of screenwriting

 Pen Densham

Write Worlds And Characters Actors Want To Play

Write Worlds And Characters Actors Want To Play

I am convinced that actors with creative intelligence want to play roles that challenge, expand, and refresh their artistic instincts. They want to get involved with films that get noted for Oscar consideration. It’s the job of the screenwriter to create worlds and character roles actors want to play. When stars commit to a movie […]

 Pen Densham

Why We Watch Movies – It All Comes Down To Biology

Why We Watch Movies – It All Comes Down To Biology

Joseph Campbell became the patron saint of screenwriters thanks to George Lucas famously using his theories when he created Star Wars. Campbell studied thousands of myths, parables, and legends, from all time periods, religions and cultures. In his book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, he related that all heroes, regardless of his culture of […]

 Jeff York

5 Reasons the Animated Batman Still Bests the Live-Action Versions

5 Reasons the Animated Batman Still Bests the Live-Action Versions

Batman: Hush, the new animated Batman movie that hit VOD last Tuesday, is flawed and missing a lot of the narrative that made Jeff Loeb and Jim Lee’s graphic novel so exquisite. Still, even with a truncated running time of only one hour and twenty-one minutes, and an ending different from the comics, it still […]

 Mark Sevi

10 Keys To Great Screenplay Endings

10 Keys To Great Screenplay Endings

There are two things on the meta level that no screenwriter can get wrong. The first is the beginning of any story, the hook; the second and more important is the ending. I’m talking about the plot ending combined with the thematic (emotional) ending. Ending minutes or pages are the last thing your reader/viewer experiences […]

 James Napoli

Villains And Their Functions In Stories

Villains And Their Functions In Stories

“…But when the tragic incident occurs between those who are near or dear to one another—if, for example, a brother kills, or intends to kill, a brother… or any other deed of this kind is done—these are the situations to be looked for by the poet.” Aristotle, Poetics When Aristotle wrote his seminal text on the […]