Writing
Thoughts And Emotion In Filmmaking

Thoughts And Emotion In Filmmaking

Why exaggerate something that is somewhat insignificant to you? -Alec Baldwin Constructing a creative reality relies on a thorough visualization process.  To create a world, either as a screenwriter or a director, that resonates with audiences, you must be willing to delve as deeply as possible into the process.  Examining your own ideas, thoughts, prejudices,...
The Mysterious Magic of Dialogue in Film

The Mysterious Magic of Dialogue in Film

Every movie lover enjoys quoting dialogue from their favorite films, because those lines have been cemented in our memories as snapshots of great moments. While doing script analysis on your project, it is important to approach the material from a specific point of view in order to ensure that your project conveys the same dialogue...
Relationships Between Writers and Development Executives

Relationships Between Writers and Development Executives

The Position of Writers and Development Executives in the Scripting Process Though writers are the ultimate source of original script material, development executives still have great influence over scripting and what ideas eventually end up in the final project.  Think of the position of development executives as if they were in the middle of a...
Film "Events"

Film “Events”

What is an “Event”? An “event” is the collision of inspirational or influential forces at work in a drama.  During a performance, there are two levels to the “event.”  One results from the director’s interpretative storytelling; the other results from the spontaneously alchemical narrative created by the actors on stage.  The event derives its force...
Creating Suspense in Your Script

Creating Suspense in Your Script

Suspense is much more than a genre. Just like conflict, suspense is something that every screenplay should have, regardless of the genre. It is a fundamental quality of good storytelling, and vital if you want to keep the audience’s attention. Over the course of the last few years, the term “story-driven” has been labeled as...
Subtext and Choice

Subtext and Choice

“Those moments in between the moments, those are the most interesting. What’s unspoken, the way we talk around things, the way our actions are inconsistent with what we’re feeling, how anger and affection manifest themselves in strange ways at inappropriate times.” — Stanley Tucci What is subtext? Language is the obvious communication a conveyance of...
Should you write that book?

Should you write that book?

Writing a book is huge. Even thinking about it poses various questions. Is a book really necessary? How long will it take me? Who still reads books? Can’t I just blog or tweet about it? Real accomplishment Just about anyone can write a blog, send a tweet or post a video onto YouTube. It does...
Insight to Characters and Script Analysis

Insight to Characters and Script Analysis

There is a lot to understand about characters and scripts if a successful movie is to be made. In order to portray their characters effectively, It is important for the actors to possess a good understanding of their respective characters. The character’s spine is a useful tool for developing true understanding between an actor and...
Pitching Stories and Screenplays

Pitching Stories and Screenplays

Writing a screenplay can be a difficult process in and of itself. Once it is written, you want to see it made into a movie so that story can be told on the big screen, in front of millions of people. Sometimes, only the idea itself is present and it needs to be converted into...
Necessity Of Subtext

Necessity Of Subtext

You may not realize it, but it happens: you find yourself watching a motion picture and the actor or actress on the screen is so mesmerizing, so natural, that he or she seems lost in that moment of conflict or emotion.  As a result, you, as the viewer, find yourself lost in that moment as...
6 Things We Really Hate About Science Fiction Movies

6 Things We Really Hate About Science Fiction Movies

Science Fiction has always been a staple of the movies. From Le Voyage dans la Lune to Star Trek: Into Darkness, people have always been excited about seeing what might be waiting for us in the future realised on the big screen. But after more than a century of sci-fi movie making, some of us...
Facts & Subtext

Facts & Subtext

Central Facts: Fargo In order for a fact to be central, it must be pertinent to the emotional identity of a character.  In Fargo, we can attribute two central facts to the character of Marge: she is pregnant with her first child and she is the chief of police.  Her husband, Norm, works as a...
Authors and Playwrights in Film

Authors and Playwrights in Film

Creating a story is tricky whatever the medium. There are those that are masters of one craft and amateurs of another. For instance: Alfred Hitchcock  was the master of tension  and one of the all-time great directors, but he always hired a screenwriter for his films. The man thought in images, not words: he was...
Story Subtext

Story Subtext

Subtext Playing from the subtext allows actors, writers, and directors to trust their subconscious during scenes; that is, to respond to a scene reflectively. Being able to do this allows all parties to work most effectively to arrive at the overall story truly being told in the script. There are two kinds of subtext: story...
Why do Studios Rewrite Scripts?

Why do Studios Rewrite Scripts?

It is very common for studios to rewrite scripts after purchasing the rights to the film.  Here are a few reasons why studios do this: Scripts aren’t rewritten because the writing is bad. They are rewritten because somebody, if not everybody, involved with the film has “better” ideas. Once this many people input their changes,...
Dialogue: Getting That Perfect One-Liner

Dialogue: Getting That Perfect One-Liner

Great dialogues create great films When we recount our most loved films to each other, we often repeat our favorite lines ad nauseum. Indeed, one-liners have defined careers and made actors unforgettable. It goes without saying that if you want to produce a great film, you need a great script.  Moreover, a great scripts needs...
The Language of Imagery - How Directors and Actors Use Visual Imagery To Communicate

The Language of Imagery – How Directors and Actors Use Visual Imagery To Communicate

Our words and the way we communicate with one another are so complex that universities now teach communications as a field of study.  It is also a very important feature in acting. The most fascinating aspect of communication is how words evoke images.  Images engage our full compliment of senses, causing us to not only...
Influence of Film on Modern Society

Influence of Film on Modern Society

The film industry has grown and evolved rapidly since its inception in the early 1900’s.  Over the years, it has gained the attention of every culture in every part of the world. These days, thanks to Hollywood, it is instrumental in shaping the social culture by transforming the viewers’ opinions or swaying them one way...