by Tim Long (@ScreenplayStory) In the competitive world of screenwriting, where industry readers judge your script in the first few pages, openings are a vital part of a successful screenplay and film. Not only are they important first impressions of your writing ability, they also serve a variety of narrative
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) There are certainly no formulas to writing a good script. None that work anyway. There are, however, forms. Good music uses chords that resonate together. Painting uses color systems that work in unity or intentional disunity. Photography uses composition techniques to most effectively draw the eye through
by Shant Yegparian (@shantyegparian) Ever since George Romero’s classic zombie films such as Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, Spielberg’s Jaws, and even Hollywood’s golden age with multiple tales of Nosferatu, we’ve seen filmmakers pull inspiration from these classics. What’s great about monster films is that
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Characters most effectively develop as a result of interacting with other characters. A standard trope in storytelling is that our protagonist will not figure out solutions to their conflicts on their own. They need experiences that will teach them what works and what doesn’t. They need training
by Ken Aguado (@kaguado) Sorry, this article is not about screenwriting. Well, some of it is, but it’s really about familiarizing yourself with some well-known tips about how to become a screenwriter. Talent is only one component of the process. Thomas Edison formulated that success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) A great deal of ink has been spilled about endings – in life, in all things we begin, and certainly in writing. Most of us are interested in finishing well. But how does one accomplish such a thing in storytelling? An entire volume could be written about
by Aaron Mendelsohn (@amendelsohn) I don’t love the story-breaking process. It’s like putting on sunscreen when all I really want to do is get outside and play with my kids. It’s like doing push-ups before breakfast. I whine about it, I put it off, I dread it every time. And
by Angela Bourassa (@angelabourassa1) Rewriting your script is always a daunting process. Getting to the end of the first draft is hard enough. Now you’re supposed to go back through it and pick apart all of the beautiful work you just did? The very idea of starting a rewrite can be
The Monster’s Ball script was written by Milo Addica & Will Rokos. It was nominated for an Academy Award.
by Angela Bourassa There are A LOT of people out there who offer coverage to screenwriters. Coverage, for the uninitiated, is the industry term for a written assessment of a screenplay. In the studio setting, it usually includes a brief overview of the plot, the reader’s thoughts on whether or not