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“Experience Emotional Authenticity” Author Christopher Riley on ‘The Defining Moment’:“I think it was a desire to connect with people,” said author Christopher Riley about his fascination with filmmaking and screenwriting. “I didn’t do that very well, [but] I have this memory of writing a poem in grade school and my uncle read i...
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“Know the Paradigm. Break the Paradigm.” Author Christopher Vogler on ‘The Writer’s Journey’:“As a kid, I was so moved by these things,” said author Christopher Vogler about the world of cinema. “What made stories so exciting? I followed that trail to Film School at USC, where I encountered some of the ideas of Joseph Campbell.”...
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Screenwriters: Are You In The Mood For Love? Write A Romcom

  • Christopher McKittrick
  • .December 28, 2021
Few films genres are as divisive as the romantic comedy. “Rom coms” are regularly dismissed as shallow, unrealistic projections of romance. It’s certainly true that many romantic comedies present a fantasy-land version of modern-day relationships, love, and marriage.Yet like with other film genres, award-winning, critically-accl...
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Robert McKee on Dialogue

  • Christopher McKittrick
  • .June 23, 2021
We spoke to McKee about what made Dialogue a necessary addition to McKee’s oeuvre, what role improvisation should – and shouldn’t – play in crafting dialogue, and why there’s no such thing as writing a screenplay without form.Over the last 20 years, your book Story has been incredibly successful and influential. What made now th...
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