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All the Write Moves: 'BlacKkKlansman'
An outrageous crime story based on real events, BlacKkKlansman ranks alongside director Spike Lee’s most entertaining and vital films, even though he didn’t develop the material. Producers acquired the memoir upon which the film is based, commissione...
Beauty in Descriptions: How to Showcase Your Unique Voice
It's often said that screenplays are blueprints for a finished film. While this is a helpful analogy, I personally like to think of screenplays as more beautiful and emotive than a static sheet of paper.
TV Pilot Writing: Developing Your World of Characters
Writing an original pilot can be just as daunting as writing a feature, though shorter in length. While a feature captures a moment in time, a pilot begins a longer journey. In a pilot, you need to tell a complete story, while also introducing the po...
The Benefit of "Negative Space" in Your Storytelling
If you have a background in the arts or graphic design, you may already have a good understanding of "negative space" - the empty space around or between objects - and the role it can play in capturing audience attention. But what can negative space ...
When Narration Works
Bad narration is like watching a movie with someone chatting in the seat behind you, except you can’t turn around and tell him or her to be quiet. Narration, or voice-over, seems counterintuitive to film, which ideally speaks to us in action, images ...
The Art of Action: Tips on Writing Elegant Action Sequences from “Run Lola Run”
Action sequences can be tricky to write. Screenwriters often struggle to strike a balance between orienting the reader/viewer and directing the scene. So how do you hit that perfect middle ground? How do you find the art in writing action sequences?
Breaking History Part II: Finding Faults in Historical Figures
In our previous post on this topic, "Breaking History: How to Achieve Truth in Historical Storytelling" we covered one of the most common mistakes made in historical scripts: an unwillingness to change the details of an event to create a strong sense...
Breaking History: How to Achieve Truth in Historical Storytelling
"We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth..." - Picasso The temptation to write historically based scripts is a strong one for many writers, and with good reason. The setting, the plot, the characters... even some o...
Writing Exercise: Improve Your Story Mapping
As you know, mastering structure and having the ability to map out and plot a story is an essential part of screenwriting, which can be significantly improved through the following practical exercise.
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