James Napoli

How To Climb Into Your Screenplay (Part 4)

How To Climb Into Your Screenplay (Part 4)

The French New Wave filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard famously said, “A film should have a beginning, middle and end, but not necessarily in that order.” That’s perfectly fine for the director of Breathless and dozens of other films that openly defy storytelling traditions, but we screenwriters that delve deeply into story need to work within that […]

 James Napoli

How to Climb into Your Screenplay (Part 3)

How to Climb into Your Screenplay (Part 3)

You’ve put your script through its try-everything development stage, getting clear on your characters, locations, themes, and intent. That was fun, wasn’t it? Now it’s time to connect-the-dots and build your story scene-by-scene.   On the way into this, decide on a few things first:   Point-of-View (POV)   Perhaps strange to think about, since we […]