Craft

the theory and practise of screenwriting

 Carla Iacovetti

Creating Believable Characters

Creating Believable Characters

Carla Iacovetti explores the importance of good characterization, and discusses the issue with award-winning scriptwriter Glenn Benest.

By Carla Iacovetti.   “Structure is very important to a story, but you’re really missing the boat if you think structure is the only reason that a movie works. The big difference is character.  The heart of the movie is how deeply you (the writer) and the audience connect emotionally with the protagonist.”  — Glenn M. […]

 Matthew Wade Reynolds

Heart, Head and Hand: Do You Write With All Three?

Heart, Head and Hand: Do You Write With All Three?

"Screenwriting, a lot of it – when you’re in the weeds trying to figure it out – is mathematical. It’s about solving puzzles." Rob Edwards.

By Matthew Wade Reynolds. Once upon a time, a young aspiring writer fresh out of college could write a letter to a television producer, asking for advice. Not only would he hear back, but he might just have lunch waiting for him at a venerable Los Angeles deli, with a handful of the producer’s friends […]

 Shanee Edwards

Shakespeare For Screenwriters

Shakespeare For Screenwriters

Timeless Writing Tips from the Master of Drama.

By Shanee Edwards. What does The Empire Strikes Back have in common with Taming of the Shrew? Or Scarface with Lady Macbeth? More than you might think. This fascinating new book for screenwriters will have you rethinking the way you create characters and tell stories by taking a close-up look at perhaps the best English-language […]

 Art Holcomb

Are Your Scripts Written in Clay or Written in Marble?

Are Your Scripts Written in Clay or Written in Marble?

How Art Holcomb's process can make your writing more efficient.

I do think the challenge, in a way for me, is to write a narrative film and when you finish watching it you feel like it’s a collage. You tell the narrative, you tell the story, but you feel like you’ve created this tapestry. But it also has a shape, a story.  Shane Black   Writers have […]

 James Napoli

From the Over Describer to the Compulsive Recapper: Eight Screenwriting Screw-ups to Avoid

From the Over Describer to the Compulsive Recapper: Eight Screenwriting Screw-ups to Avoid

Script Reader James Napoli gives us a run down of the most common mistakes he sees, and how to fix them.

By James Napoli. Many of the most common mistakes found in screenplays are also easy to rectify. So if you are working on a screenplay of your own, make sure that you do not fall into one of these types.         1. The Compulsive “We See-er” We see an eyeball staring directly […]

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