Raising the Central Dramatic Question

Raising the Central Dramatic Question

The central dramatic question is simple. Will your protagonist succeed by the end of the movie? That's the question you need to raise in the first act and answer at the climax in the third. All films ask this central question and you, as the...

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The Best Film School Course is Making a Film

The Best Film School Course is Making a Film

This post is not to bash film schools. There are many great film schools out there. And many great filmmakers came from film school. The knowledge one gains and the hands-on experience with the many aspects of filmmaking is a huge advantage of...

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Staying Motivated to Write During a Lockdown

Staying Motivated to Write During a Lockdown

It goes without saying that this year has been a tough one. As writers, we know that finding motivation to stay creative can be difficult, even in the best of times. Some writers like to sit in a café and use the buzz around them to find...

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Using Social Media to Promote Your Film

Using Social Media to Promote Your Film

There's a lot we can say about the effects of social media on society today. But, for filmmakers, it can provide a significant benefit in getting a film project noticed. Of course, there is the granddaddy of video social media. YouTube. It's free...

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Screenplay Foreshadow and Payoff Technique

Screenplay Foreshadow and Payoff Technique

When executed well, the technique of foreshadow and payoff, sometimes called call-forwards and call-backs, can pay dividends on multiple levels. It enriches your story and adds layers to characters. These can be in the form of an action, a prop or...

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Production Schedule vs Shooting Schedule

Production Schedule vs Shooting Schedule

By Dewi Griffiths There is often a great deal of confusion between what is referred to as a Production Schedule and a Shooting Schedule. The Production Schedule is what you are budgeting for the entire length of the production. This covers the...

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The Building Blocks of Screenwriting

The Building Blocks of Screenwriting

Just like a pilot can't hop into a cockpit and take off just from watching some video games, a writer shouldn't start writing a screenplay because they've watched a few movies. Like any craft, writing a screenplay takes time. Writing a great...

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Research on a Feature or Book

Research on a Feature or Book

Years ago, before the advent of the internet of today, research for a story was archaic and time consuming. It usually meant trips to the library to thumb through card catalogues or look at old newspapers on microfilm. Once you found what you...

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How Feedback will Make You a Better Writer

How Feedback will Make You a Better Writer

Roald Dahl once famously said, “I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.” When it comes to your screenplay, it's a bit much not to care if a reader hates your story, but you definitely want them to...

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Writing your Screenplay for a Budget

Writing your Screenplay for a Budget

Often, when we write a screenplay, we're more concerned with story than we are with budget. After all, there's no monetary limit to our imagination. And then there's the, hey, they can just use CGI. As if CGI is cheap. Reality check. It's not.   Of...

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Writing the First Draft of your Script

Writing the First Draft of your Script

You've had this great idea for a screenplay burning in your head. You've worked it through in your mind, then written out a rocking treatment. Or a beat outline. Or both. You've done everything right to prepare to start that first draft. Lots of...

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Short Filmmaking

Short Filmmaking

As with features, in any short film, the script is KING and QUEEN.  This is especially true when it comes to attracting both talent and crew.  Artists want to help create something unique and powerful.   A good short film should run anywhere...

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Recommended Scriptwriting Software

Recommended Scriptwriting Software

Before going into production, any film project goes through the following three steps: Writing a Script Creating a Schedule Determining a Budget All three parts are linked one to each other. Without a script, there is no schedule, and without a...

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The different steps of making a film

The different steps of making a film

In this post, we will outline the various steps to making a film, from the early stage of script development through post-production.   DEVELOPMENT A screenwriter develops a spec script The spec script is optioned by a producer Producer finds a...

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Jobs description in the Production Department

Jobs description in the Production Department

Who's who on the Set: Below-The-line (Part 2) INTRODUCTION  This guide focuses on the various Jobs in the Film Production department. It explains who are the key players, what responsibilities are part of their job, and what are the main qualities...

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