Screenwriting

Meditation for Creative People

Meditation for Creative People

“The thing about meditation is: you become more and more You.” This was once said by a well-known advocate for mindfulness, film director David Lynch. Meditation is a practice that uses particular techniques such as regulated breathing,...

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3 Rules to Create a Powerful Antagonist

3 Rules to Create a Powerful Antagonist

When we talk about what makes a captivating film with a powerful story, there are a few key elements one needs to consider: an elaborate plot structure, protagonist’s motivation, dramatic writing and many other factors. Yet, having a strong...

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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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Screenplay Foreshadow and Payoff Technique

Screenplay Foreshadow and Payoff Technique

Foreshadow and Payoff 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...

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The Building Blocks of Screenwriting

The Building Blocks of Screenwriting

Screenwriting checklist 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, screenwriting takes time....

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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, story research 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 needed, 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

Different Ways of Telling your Story Often, when we write a screenplay, we're more concerned with story than we are with the film budget. After all, there's no monetary limit to our imagination. And then there's the, hey, they can just use CGI. As...

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