by Angela Bourassa (@angelabourassa1) Dan Calvisi is an expert when it comes to structuring television shows. He is a story analyst, speaker, screenwriter, and the author of Story Maps: TV Drama and Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay. Dan gets his know-how from his past years as a Story Analyst for major studios... Continue Reading →
by Greg DePaul (@GregDePaul) If you’re channel-surfing on a Tuesday night and briefly land on This is Us [pilot script], you might think you’ve stumbled on an episode of Parenthood. After all, This Is Us also airs on NBC, also gives us a saccharine look at American family life, and also uses the adoption (more or... Continue Reading →
I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.
The essence of drama is that man cannot walk away from the consequences of his own deeds.
Drama is life with the dull parts cut out of it.
I made some mistakes in drama. I thought the drama was when the actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.
Films have degenerated to their original operation as carnival amusement - they offer not drama but thrills.
This article by Hal Croasmun of ScreenwritingU gives insight into how to create drama in a scene that is primarily or even entirely composed of dialogue.