This video by Michael Tucker of Lessons from the Screenplay is an excellent class in characterization, subverting expectations, and minimalism. It explains Andrew Stanton's Unifying Theory of 2+2 through the context of No Country for Old Men. For more masterclass videos like these, be sure to subscribe to Lessons from the Screenplay on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KADoPXknQCI
The latest video from Michael Tucker's wonderful YouTube channel, Lessons from the Screenplay, delves into the always tricky topic of exposition. Exposition is information that you need to get across to the audience, but simply telling the audience a bunch of background info rarely goes well. So Michael takes a look at how the Wachowskis... Continue Reading →
When do we need to be strict about our formatting, and when can we break the rules to better serve our story?
Today is the perfect day to share this video from the amazing Michael Tucker for a few reasons. First, Michael is actually doing an AMA at noon Pacific time TODAY over on the Screenwriting subReddit. If you've been dying to ask Michael questions about his wonderful series of videos, now is your chance. Second, Carson... Continue Reading →
This is one of my favorite Lessons from the Screenplay. In it, Michael Tucker uses Ex Machina as a prime example of how to control the information that you reveal to audiences/readers of your story. This is just one of more than forty videos in this series. Head over to YouTube to check out all... Continue Reading →
Michael Tucker has created a new video about sound design and how the writers of A Quiet Place wrote sound into their original screenplay. Check out the video below, and be sure to follow Lessons from the Screenplay for more great videos.
The antagonist may be the most misunderstood character type, but fortunately Michael Tucker is here to offer some clarity. In his most recent episode of Lessons from the Screenplay, Michael breaks down the inner-workings of Erik Killmonger, the antagonist in Black Panther. Watch the video below, and subscribe to the Lessons from the Screenplay channel... Continue Reading →
It's time to share another amazing video lesson from Michael Tucker. This video is the most viewed of his Lessons from the Screenplay series on YouTube, and with good reason. It breaks down the components of a compelling antagonist as demonstrated by Heath Ledger's unforgettable Joker. Watch, learn, then subscribe to Lessons from the Screenplay... Continue Reading →
Time for more Lessons from the Screenplay, the wonderfully informative YouTube series by Michael Tucker. This episode compares Whiplash and Black Swan side-by-side, showing how similar these two films actually are in their investigation of the obsessed artist. Get out your notebook, and be sure to subscribe to Lessons from the Screenplay on YouTube.
In honor of Avengers: Infinity War, and because lately I've spent a lot of time thinking about different methods for breaking down acts / story sequences in my own writing, today seems like the perfect time to share another amazing video from Michael Tucker. In this video, The Avengers - Defining an Act, Michael dissects... Continue Reading →