The Many Faces Of Supporting Characters
By: James Napoli
Supporting characters serve a lot of functions in films and TV, and, when approached properly, they enhance and burnish the overall impact of visual storytelling. Let’s take a look at some of the key functions of supporting characters in...
What Makes A Good Scene In Your Screenplay?
By: Michael Lee Simpson
What Makes A Good Scene In Your Screenplay? An estimated five hundred thousand feature films are floating around on earth, circulating among us, streaming on Netflix or Hulu, stacked in dated DVD collections, or stored in a basement...
9 Ways To Make Your Supervillains Truly Villainous
9 Ways To Make Your Supervillains Truly Villainous: Stories are typically told in terms of a hero putting his or her wits against a villain hellbent on thwarting their efforts. Writing these characters is not as simple as the good guys (or...
“Uncut Gems” Makes for a Tense and Tumultuous Character Study
The Taste of the Academy’s Animation Branch is Broadening
“Emotional Procedural” How Showrunner Austin Winsberg Classifies Zoey
“Emotional Procedural” How Showrunner Austin Winsberg Classifies ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ Musical comedy-drama Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist has been a welcome hit for NBC with its whimsical...
“Characters Should Be Understandable In Their Vulnerabilities”
“Characters Should Be Understandable In Their Vulnerabilities” Raphael Bob-Waksberg On ‘Bojack Horseman’ Talking animals have been seen in films and TV shows for decades. There was even a show about a talking horse...
Tell Me A Little. Show Me A Lot.
By: Michael Lee Simpson
A screenplay, or movie script, is more of a format than an art.Good dialogue is individual to each character, but when it’s used as a crutch to explain the plot, the lines become blurred. That’s where an old saying in screenwriting...
“Be Careful What You Wish For” Screenwriter Jillian Jacobs
“Be Careful What You Wish For” Screenwriter Jillian Jacobs Talks ‘Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island’ Do you have a fantasy? Do you imagine going to a mysterious tropical resort where dreams can come true and anything is...
The Rarity of Rug-Pulls in the Modern Era of Entertainment
“Fix Problems in a Surgical Way” Jessica Sharzer
By: Brock Swinson
Film and TV Jessica Sharzer wrote the first episode of the Steven Spielberg, Edward Kitsis, and Adam Horowitz executive produced series Amazing Stories for Apple TV. Creative Screenwriting Magazine caught up with her to discuss her work and her...
Nonlinear Storytelling Techniques
By: Kevin Nelson
Over the course of human history, art has always been reflective of the time in which it was created. Neoclassicism was born from the Age of Enlightenment. Abstract Expressionism exploded onto the scene during the Cold War as a release of social...
Why Story Structure Formulas Don’t Work
By: Corey Mandell
The following is a true story.I did a script coaching session for someone I’ll call Lisa. Lisa had spent the past four years pursuing her dream of becoming a professional screenwriter. She had written six scripts with nothing to show for it....
7 Ways To Check If Your Script is Done
The Interactive Future - 5 Tips For Creating Choice-Driven Content
First Impressions: The Length and Look of Your Pilot or Screenplay
Moving Beyond Screenplay Structure
The Same Answer to 11 Questions
By: Dave Trottier
Company: Dave Trottier
There is one answer I give to a great number of questions I receive from developing screenwriters. Here is that answer:The script (or scripts) you are referring to was developed in the studio system, or was written by an established writer, or was...