Craft and Story

Art Holcomb offers advice on the craft of screenwriting.

 Jim Mercurio

Create Subtext With Inside Jokes

Create Subtext With Inside Jokes

In my book the Craft of Scene Writing, I define subtext as a surprise of sorts. There is a reversal in the gap between text and subtext, between the spoken words and their actual meaning. Perfect subtext might even make us marvel at, “How did that mean thaaat?” A crass example of what might be […]

 Jeff York

The Five Best Narrative Surprises That Elevated “Avengers: Endgame”

The Five Best Narrative Surprises That Elevated “Avengers: Endgame”

It’s not surprising that Avengers: Endgame beat a half dozen box office records this past weekend including the biggest worldwide opening ever ($1.2 billion). What is startling is how well Marvel Studios managed to keep such a tight lid on the many narrative surprises in the concluding chapter to last year’s Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel […]

 Jeff York

What Screenwriters Can Learn from the Oscar-nominated Live Action Shorts

What Screenwriters Can Learn from the Oscar-nominated Live Action Shorts

It’s a shame that the AMPAS has decided to give out the award for Best Live Action Short winner during a commercial break at the upcoming Academy Awards telecast on February 24, 2019. No artist who wins an Oscar should be denied his or her time in the sun. It’s especially egregious given that a […]

 Jeff York

Five “The LEGO Movie 2” Rules Every Animated Film Should Follow

Five “The LEGO Movie 2”  Rules Every Animated Film Should Follow

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is a rare sequel that doesn’t feel redundant or like a cynical cash grab. Instead, it’s a clever film, well-made and hilarious, with plenty of heart too. Even more so, it’s an example of how to do animation properly on the big screen. It knows that even if […]

 Dan Hoffmann

9 Ways To Write Strong Screenplay Hooks

9 Ways To Write Strong Screenplay Hooks

The opening of your screenplay is arguably the most important part. No matter how great your story, if the opening fails to capture the studio reader or producer, the story ends right then and there for you. When I first started as a studio reader, the exec. producer instructed me not to read all the […]

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