Craft

the theory and practise of screenwriting

 Dennis MaGee Fallon

Building A Better Script: Michael Hauge’s Blueprint

Building A Better Script: Michael Hauge’s Blueprint

Screenwriting guru Michael Hauge breaks down his thoughts and theories on structuring the perfect screenplay.

By Dennis MaGee Fallon. Screenwriting guru and story consultant Michael Hauge sat down with Creative Screenwriting to talk about his “blueprint” for building excellent scripts. After all, we can talk great ideas, heartwarming characters and shocking story twists all day, but if you don’t know how to put your script together, it’s into the trashcan […]

 Michael Welles Schock

Gut Reaction: Visceral Storytelling Part I

Gut Reaction: Visceral Storytelling Part I

How dramatic films appeal to the primal instincts within us.

By Michael Welles Schock. I know of writers who like to pen very intelligent scripts. These scripts can be clever and witty. They often contain skillful wordplay and philosophical premises. But often, no matter how well-written, these scripts fail draw in the reader. They are like museum pieces. They have aesthetic value, yet can only […]

 Art Holcomb

The Most Common Mistake in Spec Scripts

The Most Common Mistake in Spec Scripts

Four steps to coming up with a great script concept.

By Art Holcomb. “Most aspiring screenwriters simply don’t spend enough time choosing their concept. It’s by far the most common mistake I see in spec scripts. The writer has lost the race right from the gate. Months — sometimes years — are lost trying to elevate a film idea that by its nature probably had […]

 Dennis MaGee Fallon

Formulaic is Good!

Formulaic is Good!

Screenwriting guru Michael Hauge on the balancing act all commercial screenwriters must perform.

By Dennis MaGee Fallon Films follow patterns. TV shows have arcs. Narratives have structure. No matter the medium, stories seem to repeat the same beats, framework and through lines. Anyone who’s read a screenwriting book or taken a class or even seen a few movies can say, whether from study or intuition, that “I’ve seen […]

 Carla Iacovetti

To Flashback or Not to Flashback, That is the Question

To Flashback or Not to Flashback, That is the Question

David Trottier on The Use of Flashbacks.

By Carla Iacovetti. “About 95% of the flashbacks in unsold scripts don’t work. In first-time scripts, usually a flashback is used as a crutch; a cheap way to introduce exposition.” – David Trottier. David Trottier has sold or optioned ten screenplays (three produced). As an award-winning teacher and in-demand script consultant, David has helped hundreds of […]

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