Craft and Story

Art Holcomb offers advice on the craft of screenwriting.

 Art Holcomb

The Question of Theme

The Question of Theme

Art Holcomb discusses the use of theme in story, and provides a step-by-step example of how to build your screenplay around a central theme.

By Art Holcomb. From academics in film school to producers in Hollywood, ‘Theme’ is a term that gets tossed around a great deal. I’ve heard it used as a label for any myriad of aspects within the narrative structure; anything from plot structure, to emotional character motivations, to ways of explaining genre designations. I believe […]

 Frank Leroy

Will your script be another Hollywood casualty or does it have a chance at life beyond the page?

Will your script be another Hollywood casualty or does it have a chance at life beyond the page?

ARCHIVED ARTICLE RE-POSTED  Proof of Life The screenplay is not a completed work even after the writer types the final “FADE OUT.” For the writer’s vision to be fully realized, the script must be produced. Unlike the novel that can stand on its own, the screenplay needs financing, actors, a director and a crew to […]

 Art Holcomb

The Umami of Story

The Umami of Story

Art Holcomb explores how to elevate your writing from the simply competent to the extraordinary with seven questions to ask of your script, and reveals why a script must be a work of art.

Art Holcomb explores how to elevate your writing from the simply competent to the extraordinary with seven questions to ask of your script, and reveals why a script must be a work of art.

 Art Holcomb

Personal Story Arc: The Key to Powerful Writing

Personal Story Arc: The Key to Powerful Writing

Art explores how to develop your Personal Story Arc to create compelling and emotionally-believable scripts.

Art explores how to develop your Personal Story Arc to create compelling and emotionally-believable scripts.

 Art Holcomb

The Rule Book

The Rule Book

Art Holcomb uncovers the emotional rule book inside us all, and explores how to use this in developing characters.

By Art Holcomb. So much of good storytelling is about cause and effect, set-ups and payoff, motives and consequences. Consider for a moment: if there are two separate story paths that exist in each script we write, then there is a story engine – a consequence mechanism that drives each and they are quite different […]