Craft

the theory and practise of screenwriting

 Michael Welles Schock

The Humility Arc

The Humility Arc

How fairy tale morality leads to a near-universal rule of screenwriting.

“I can’t beat him… I’ve been out there walking around, thinking. I mean, who am I kidding? I’m not even in the guy’s league.” – Rocky “I don’t want to know who I am anymore. I don’t care. Everything I’ve found out I want to forget.” – The Bourne Identity “I killed her, Red. I […]

 Jennie E. Park

Jeffrey Kitchen on Screenwriting, Part I

Jeffrey Kitchen on Screenwriting, Part I

In the first of a two part interview, Jeffrey Kitchen begins an overview of his screenwriting tools and techniques, including Dilemma, Crisis, Decision, Action and Resolution, the 36 Dramatic Situations, the Enneagram, and Research and Brainstorming.

By Jennie E. Park. Jeffrey Kitchen began studying dramatic writing with Irving Fiske before venturing into screenwriting. Based on the techniques in his book, Writing a Great Movie: Key Tools for Successful Screenwriting, he has provided workshops and private consultations on writing for film and television for twenty years.  In this two-part interview he provides […]

 Jennie E. Park

Jeffrey Kitchen on Screenwriting, Part II

Jeffrey Kitchen on Screenwriting, Part II

In the second of a two part interview, Jeff discusses the Central Proposition, Sequence, Proposition and Plot, reflects on the weaknesses of both experienced and novice writers, and offers his greatest piece of advice to writers of all levels.

By Jennie E. Park.   This is the second of a two part interview. If you haven’t yet read the first part, we recommend that you do so before continuing!   Tell us more about the Central Proposition. The one simple thing about the Central Proposition that is really useful is that you have all […]

 Michael Lent

Syd Field, An Appreciation

Syd Field, An Appreciation

Creative Screenwriting columnist Michael Lent remembers Syd Field and his groundbreaking work on screenplay structure

by Michael Lent Most writers are nonconformists who hate to be told how to structure their lives. “I have to wake, work and sleep when? Says who?” That aberrant inclination carries over to our actual writing. We say things like, “I just want to write and see where the characters and the story take me.” […]

 Ryan Gowland

The Trouble With Superman

The Trouble With Superman

Translating the last son of Krypton hasn't been easy, and isn't getting any easier

by Ryan Gowland Since he was introduced in Action Comics #1 in 1938, Superman has crossed over from comic books to appear in four television shows, several cartoons, two movie serials and six live-action movies, with the end result being that you don’t have to be a comic book fan to know the basic tenets […]

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