Screenwriting

Why Credible Characters Are Essential For A Convincing Screenplay

Why Credible Characters Are Essential For A Convincing Screenplay

[This post is partly taken from our brand-new course, The Script.] Creating credible, “real” characters is a challenge to the new scriptwriter. Every genre – whether action or drama – is underpinned by character. Character, along with plot, is a basic, vital ingredient in a screenplay.…
The 4 Best Places To Put Plot Twists In Your Screenplay

The 4 Best Places To Put Plot Twists In Your Screenplay

There’s an old saying that goes, “The most a story can do is surprise.” Of course, it should do more than deliver a few cheap ‘Jack-in-the-box’ moments. It must entertain, move the audience, and deliver a satisfying ending. But, if you are going to plan…
Why You Should Write A Screenplay

Why You Should Write A Screenplay

Do you want to write a screenplay? This post is about the magic of screenwriting and why this may be the perfect place for writers to start. Lights! Camera! Action! [This post is an excerpt taken from our brand-new course, The Script.] Movies will always…
5 Lies Screenwriters Tell Themselves

5 Lies New Screenwriters Tell Themselves

As bright-eyed new screenwriters who have just cracked open a shiny Apple MacBook and installed the latest version of Final Draft, you can’t wait to make your mark as a screenwriter. Reality Before Creativity You sit in your favourite coffee shop with a double almond…
Joe Eszterhas’s 10 Golden Rules of Screenwriting

Joe Eszterhas’s 10 Golden Rules of Screenwriting

Joe Eszterhas is a Hungarian-American writer. He wrote the screenplays for the films Flashdance, Jagged Edge, and Basic Instinct. He has also written several books, including Hollywood Animal, American Rhapsody, and Crossbearer: A Memoir of Faith. He was born on 23 November 1944 in Csákánydoroszló, a small…
The Silver Screen - Inspiration For Short Story Writers

Silver Screen Inspiration For Short Story Writers

We know that writing short stories will make us better writers, but if you were wondering what other benefits short stories have, take a look at this awesome list of movies that were based on short stories or novellas. 12 Films Adapted From Short Fiction…
How The Top 10 Themes In Film Can Make You A Better Blogger

How The Top 10 Themes In Film Can Make You A Better Blogger

I recently came across an article on the 10 most common themes in film. The Script Lab lists these themes as staples used to underpin plots. Common themes make comments on human nature, society, existential crises, and life. They are used repeatedly in fiction because…
6 Things Alfred Hitchcock Can Teach You About Writing

6 Things Alfred Hitchcock Can Teach You About Writing

Alfred Hitchcock was an English film director and producer who worked closely with screenwriters on his films. The master storyteller, born 13 August 1899, died 29 April 1980, pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. He is best remembered for films such as…
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