Craft

the theory and practise of screenwriting

 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 […]

 Michael Lent

Elmore Leonard Tribute

Elmore Leonard Tribute

by Michael Lent In a world of lettuce, Elmore Leonard was meat. Patron saint to crime novelists and screenwriters, his prose got to the meat of things. Quickly. His writing style was crisp, direct and never called attention to anything but the story. His titles were blunt like a punch in the nose. Leonard’s characters […]

 Charles Deemer

What Can We Learn from Harold Pinter?

What Can We Learn from Harold Pinter?

Pinter provides a model for using sentence fragments to create “good” writing

by Charles Deemer The students who enter my screenwriting classroom at Portland State University bring with them considerable language habits. Some write well, some not so well, but all of them have been taught the principles of “good writing.” It’s a shock, therefore when they learn that many of these values are not important in […]