7 Elements of a Viable Story Idea

The following is an excerpt from Erik Bork's new book, The Idea: The Seven Elements of a Viable Idea for Screen, Stage or Fiction. by Erik Bork (@flyingwrestler) I have come to believe that 60 percent or more of what makes a film or TV project potentially successful (or not) is the core idea that could... Continue Reading →

5 Tips to Remember When Pitching

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) When your story is finally written and the final FADE TO BLACK has been executed, you need to be ready to pitch your story to someone that is not legally obligated to tell you they like it. It can be a shock to the system when the script that your mother claimed... Continue Reading →

4 Approaches to the Coming of Age Story

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Coming of age stories have long been a staple of storytelling. Since the early days of film and television, audiences have enjoyed watching characters that mature before our very eyes. These stories usually offer hard lessons that only experience and living life can teach us. They usually focus on the growth of... Continue Reading →

7 Templates for Character Arcs

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Seeing a character grow in her internal journey is one of the most effective ways to show that the character has arced. While a protagonist learning or realizing something is not effective as a visual external goal, these are powerful internal goals that, by necessity, characters are greatly unaware of while they are being subconsciously pursued.... Continue Reading →

5 Ways to Use the Weather in Your Story

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Depending on where you call home, the weather may be heating up right now. In Los Angeles, triple digits have started to creep into our forecast. Most writers enjoy crafting their stories in nice comfortable rooms, and because we usually seek out a pleasant environment when we write, it’s easy to forget... Continue Reading →

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