Lessons from the Screenplay: Obsessed Artists in Whiplash and Black Swan

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.

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 →

The Storytelling of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Debate has arisen in recent years over whether summer popcorn movies actually tell good stories or simply rely on eye-popping special effects, fast-paced editing that tricks the audience into actually believing they are going on a narrative journey, and big name movie stars. Certainly a case could be made for both sides... Continue Reading →

3 Cures for the Third Act Blues

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) I’ve lost count of the number of writers I’ve consulted with who got stuck after the second act of their script and never finished it. At first glance, this may seem surprising to those who couldn’t imagine stopping after getting through the drudges of the lengthy second act. But most of us... Continue Reading →

Writing Stories for Every Season

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) It’s summertime. Perhaps not officially until June 20 at 6:34 AM, but for all intents and purposes, the warmest season is upon us. Most schools have let out. The temperature has started to rise, and movie studios have begun unleashing their most high-budget, high concept projects. There are many calendars in the... Continue Reading →

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