Writers Advice: 50 Gems of Wisdom from Industry Titans

Writers Advice

Every screenwriter needs advice. Put simply, a career won’t progress without listening and taking heed of the right advice. Writers advice can be easy to find. But great advice, well …

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What Makes a Great Monologue? 10 Great Monologues Screenwriters Can Learn From

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In film and TV, great monologues have the power to hit an audience more than any other moment in a story. They can be gut-wrenching emotional confessions, pivotal moments of …

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How to Write an Animated Film: 6 Vital Steps to Scripting Animation

Inside Out Animated Film Script

Have you always had an affinity for animation? Do you have a story idea that you think would be perfect for an animated film? Are you simply finding that your …

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The Different Types of External Conflict & 10 Great External Conflict Examples

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External conflict is an essential part of screenwriting in that it’s essential in driving any plot. It is different to internal conflict in that whilst internal conflict is within the …

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ORIGINAL CHARACTERS Series: Part 4 – Cersei Lannister

Welcome to Original Characters, an ongoing series of Industrial Scripts articles examining the most original characters to appear in both TV and film. This article will focus on Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones. What …

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Forensic Scene Analysis: The Whiplash Scene – ‘Not Quite My Tempo’

Whiplash Scene - Not Quite My Tempo

In this series, we’ll take a look at great, well-known scenes from films and TV. We’ll analyse these scenes to figure out what makes them work so well, what they …

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15 Enlightening Christopher Nolan Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers

Christopher Nolan Quotes

Christopher Nolan is the recipient of over 30 Academy Award nominations, and 10 wins. He is one of the most influential auteurs working in the industry today; his films having …

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Honestly, Should You Do a Screenwriting Degree? 10 PROS and 10 CONS

Screenwriting Degree

More and more colleges and universities are offering academic pathways for screenwriters. This means a screenwriting degree is definitely something aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters will naturally consider at some point. …

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Writing Dialogue Expertly: Learn from These Great Dialogue Examples

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It’s no question that one of the most powerful elements in a story is dialogue. In film, dialogue builds the overall tone of the movie, establishes the relationships between characters …

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How to Write a True Crime Movie: The 12 Key Elements to a True Crime Story

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How to Write a True Crime Movie: Working with a True Crime Story The phrase “Based on a true story” is one guaranteed to make any moviegoer perk up in …

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How Do You Write a Cliffhanger? The 8 Steps to REALLY Hooking An Audience

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This article will explore the cliffhanger, as a screenwriting mechanism, and how best to deploy it in your screenplay. We’ll examine the following: What is a Cliffhanger? What Effect Does …

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The 10 Key Elements to Writing a Courtroom Drama

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The courtroom drama, also known as the legal drama, is a long-standing staple in entertainment. This noteworthy genre of film has generated such timeless classics as To Kill a Mockingbird and 12 …

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ORIGINAL CHARACTERS Series: Part 3 – Villanelle

Villanelle Original Character

Welcome to Original Characters, an ongoing series of Industrial Scripts articles examining the most original characters to appear in both TV and film. This article will focus on Villanelle from Killing …

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15 Illuminating Charlie Kaufman Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers

Charlie Kaufman Quotes

Charlie Kaufman is a name that commands widespread respect, from his industry peers, to critics and cinephiles. Charlie Kaufman quotes, whether embedded in his written dialogue or interviews, are sure …

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What is Chekhov’s Gun? 5 Ways to Skilfully Use One in Your Screenplay

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Chekhov’s gun is a term that – in its simplest form – bestows purpose upon any object, character or situation within a narrative, on which the writer explicitly chooses to …

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10 Amazing Opening Scenes & What Screenwriters Can Learn From Them

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A first impression counts. We all know that. And in screenwriting it’s no different. Your screenplay’s opening scene is vital. Screenplay readers will often tell you that the first ten …

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15 Brilliant Montage Examples for Screenwriters and Filmmakers

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The montage is an ever present part of modern screenwriting. Filmmakers and screenwriters frequently use this technique, regardless of genre. But what are the best montage examples and what do they teach …

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Looking to the Future: How Video Game Logic Can Enhance Your Screenplay

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This article will delve into the dynamic world of video games and video game logic. Many video games have been translated on-screen into video game movies, and the line between …

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How to Write a Film Noir: Utilising the 8 Essential Pillars of Film Noir

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This article will delve into what film noir is and its common tropes. We’ll offer pointers on how to write a film noir that both honours the traditions of the …

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How To Write a Captivating Love Triangle: The ULTIMATE Guide

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How To Write a Love Triangle This article will offer some key pointers on that most time-trodden (and wildly successful) cinematic device – the love triangle – and hopefully assist those …

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The 6 Key Steps to Writing the BEST Script Outline Possible

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How to Write the Best Script Outline Possible Achieving the extraordinary usually requires extraordinary planning. Hence before writing a great screenplay, you need a great script outline. The world of …

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15 Inspiring Barry Jenkins Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers

Barry Jenkins Quotes

15 Inspiring Barry Jenkins Quotes for Writers & Filmmakers Barry Jenkins is undoubtedly among this generation’s most influential and important directors, producers and screenwriters. We have complied a list of …

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How to Get the Best Out of a Nonlinear Narrative (With the Best Examples)

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How to Get the Best Out of a Nonlinear Narrative The nonlinear narrative is a common feature of contemporary movies (and TV as well). It has become such a familiar …

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15 In-Depth Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block for Screenwriters

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15 In-Depth Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block for Screenwriters   Now more than ever is a time for creativity. But it’s easier said than done to get started on your …

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How to Write a Thrilling Heist Movie (or TV series): The 10 Perfect Steps

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How to Write a Heist Movie (or TV series): The ULTIMATE 10 Steps   A band of misfits. A slick elite group. “Getting away clean”. Whatever the stakes. A heist …

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How to Write a Surrealist Film: Learn The Core Principles of Surrealism

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How to Write a Surrealist Film: The Core Principles of Surrealism Surrealist film tends to fall far from the aims of the original Surrealist movement. This article will demonstrate how …

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15 Electric Danny Boyle Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers

Danny Boyle Quotes

Forever Changing: 15 Danny Boyle Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers His mother had plans for him to go into the priesthood. But Danny Boyle left the path of Catholicism and …

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How to Write a Coherent and Compelling Movie Synopsis: The Key Steps

How to Write a Movie Synopsis

How to Write a Synopsis That Stands Out You might think writing a movie synopsis is a chore when you’re slumped at your desk. Your eyes straining against the harsh …

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Writing a Scene: What Are The 10 Key Steps To Dramatic Excellence?

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Writing a Scene: Breaking Down the 10 Key Steps in Getting Started As with most stages of the screenwriting process, writing a scene is a journey of discovery. It is useful …

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Voice-Over Narration in Screenplays: The Ultimate Guide

Voice-Over Narration—How to Get it Right and How to Get it Very Wrong A common piece of advice given to newer screenwriters is: avoid voice-over narration at all costs. This …

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15 Brilliant Flashback Examples for Screenwriters and Filmmakers

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15 Brilliant Flashback Examples That Show How to Best Use It It’s almost hard to think of a modern film that doesn’t have a flashback example somewhere within it. Of …

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The 6 Pillars of Writing a Great Post-Apocalyptic Movie

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How to Write a Great Post-Apocalyptic Movie   The post-apocalyptic movie feels eerily relevant. Deserted streets, daily political briefings, biotech-clad figures. These are no longer just science fiction fantasies. But …

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50 Energising Screenwriting Productivity Hacks

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The 50 Ultimate Screenwriting Productivity Hacks Why are productivity hacks important for screenwriters? What distinguishes screenwriting productivity hacks from those for other disciplines? ‘To be productive’ means to be effective …

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15 Brilliant Cary Fukunaga Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers

Cary Fukanaga Quotes

15 Brilliant Cary Fukunaga Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers Cary Fukunaga has had a prolific career so far. He is American by nationality, but of Japanese, Swedish, English and German …

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How to Expertly Create High Stakes in Your Screenplays

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The Importance and Meaning of High Stakes in Screenwriting It’s pretty simple. Story stakes answer the question… “So what? Why should we care?” High stakes can benefit the story in …

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The Deep Value of Subplots: With 10 Awesome Examples

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The Value and Importance of Subplots: With 10 Amazing Examples Subplots. Most movies and TV series have them, whether large or small. The grand overarching plot is the defining part …

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How to Write a Captivating Psychological Thriller

The Machinist Psychological Thriller

How to Write a Captivating Psychological Thriller A psychological thriller. It’s a story that gets in your head and keeps you on your toes. Psychological Thriller: ‘a thriller narrative that …

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15 Safdie Brothers Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers

The Safdie Brothers

15 Safdie Brothers Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers The Safdie brothers began making independent short films from a young age, drawing heavily from their disruptive childhood as two children of …

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Truly Understanding Story Structure: The Vital Steps

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Understanding Story Structure: The Essential Steps Story structure. It’s easy to take it for granted. It’s easy to think it unimportant in a world where structure is constantly being played …

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How to Create a Credible Movie Villain for your Screenplay

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Creating an Awesome Movie Villain for your Screenplay In this article we’ll look at different examples and tools for creating believable movie villains. In Writing Screenplays that Sell, Michael Hauge …

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