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Michael Schock turns a critical eye on Hollywood and the craft of screenwriting

 Michael Welles Schock

On Writing Child Characters: “Children Don’t Think Like Little Adults”

On Writing Child Characters: “Children Don’t Think Like Little Adults”

One of the challenges of writing great characters is getting inside the heads of persons of much different background than yourself. It takes great effort and empathy to understand those of differing gender, age, ethnicity, or orientation in order to portray such characters with authenticity. However, there is one type of character with whom we […]

 Michael Welles Schock

The Hand of the Princess: Understanding the Romantic Subplot

The Hand of the Princess: Understanding the Romantic Subplot

Michael Welles Schock delves into the cultural origins of the romantic narrative archetype, before exploring its use in film, and its ethics and application in screenwriting.

Michael Welles Schock delves into the cultural origins of the romantic narrative archetype, before exploring its use in film, and its ethics and application in screenwriting.

 Michael Welles Schock

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: A Cinematic Prototype

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: A Cinematic Prototype

Michael Welles Schock reveals what A Christmas Carol can teach us about plot structure, and how it illustrates the relationship between narrative conflict and the character arc.

Michael Welles Schock reveals what A Christmas Carol can teach us about plot structure, and how it illustrates the relationship between narrative conflict and the character arc.

 Michael Welles Schock

Plot Patterns in Screenwriting

Plot Patterns in Screenwriting

Michael Welles Schock explores plot patterns in films, and explains why the 3 act structure is so successful.

Star Wars, The Godfather and Groundhog Day: They’re all the same film! Michael Welles Schock explains why.

 Michael Welles Schock

What a Story Believes In: The Thematic Argument

What a Story Believes In: The Thematic Argument

Michael Welles Schock provides an introduction to the basic structure behind a story's communication of theme.

By Michael Welles Schock. Theme is an abstract concept by nature, and thus has always been difficult to define or comprehend. To put things most simply, the theme is what the story “believes in.” It contains the underlying values, principles, or beliefs the story intends to express. A clear and recognizable theme will guide the […]

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