Jim

Why You Should Play Closer Attention To Your Characters

Why You Should Play Closer Attention To Your Characters

If we asked you what was the most important aspect of your screenplay, your answer should be your characters. Certainly, other factors such as dialogue and plot are critical to your screenwriting, but not as much as textured characters. They are the beating heart of your story. Your audience invests in character more than anything […]

 Jim

5 Character Revealing Scenes To Enhance Your Screenplay

5 Character Revealing Scenes To Enhance Your Screenplay

It is written that every scene in your screenplay must do one of two things – reveal character or advance the plot of the story. Ideally, screenwriters should aim to do both to elevate their scripts. There are a number of pivotal scenes described in this article that give both writers and audiences a defining […]

 Jim

5 Reasons You Should Kill Your Darlings

5 Reasons You Should Kill Your Darlings

Screenwriters are often told to kill their darlings – figuratively speaking. Snuffing out your characters begins during the outlining stage of your screenplay. If two or more characters are too similar and the story still stands if you remove one or more, then they are not essential. Your audience won’t miss them. Consider a scene […]

 Jim

How To Use Cognitive Bias To Layer Your Characters

How To Use Cognitive Bias To Layer Your Characters

Well-drawn characters in storytelling are defined by four key components – their goal, their motivation, their obstacles, and the consequences of achieving (or not achieving) their said goal. These are the basis of the plot in your screenplay. However, good screenplays are defined by layered, complex characters more than the storyline. For screenwriters, complexity means […]

 Corey Mandell

What You Need To Be Writing Right Now

What You Need To Be Writing Right Now

Even during a pandemic, I’m still getting daily calls and emails from execs and producers asking if any of my students have a new TV pilot spec  script they should be reading. Since Amazon and Netflix are committed to spending billions on new content, and everyone else scrambling to keep up, the demand for fresh […]