Scriptmonk

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

 Michael Welles Schock

Scriptmonk on 2 Guns

Scriptmonk on 2 Guns

A decent comic shoot-em-up, but poor structural choices keep 2 Guns from becoming more than forgettable

by Michael Welles Schock When working with action-comedy, experience has shown it is best to keep story development quick and clean. Scenes should progress with focus and energy. Plot points should surprise, yet clearly communicate urgent narrative significance. But if I were to describe 2 Guns in a few words, it would be dense and […]

 Michael Welles Schock

Travis Beacham and Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim

Travis Beacham and Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim

Are the characters as interesting as the monsters?

by Michael Welles Schock It is a simple equation. The more fantastic or unusual the world of a story, the clearer and simpler that story’s narrative premise must be. Star Wars: A New Hope presented a fantasy universe filled with Jedi, droids and intergalactic combat. Yet its plot is very simple. It is about a […]