10 ESSENTIAL Screenwriting Exercises to Move Your Script Forward

Screenwriting Exercises, Shakespeare in Love

At some point in writing a script, a screenwriter will have trouble finding inspiration. If writer’s block gets you down, the trick is to keep on writing. But sometimes you …

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10 Brilliant Symbolism Examples: Symbolism in Screenwriting

The Art of Symbolism Symbolism is a device used across literature, art and film. But arguably, film is one of the art forms where symbolism can have the most powerful …

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The First Ten Pages of Your Screenplay: How to HOOK a Script Reader

First Ten Pages Reading a Screenplay

The Importance of the First Ten Pages The first ten pages of any screenplay are always the most important. These pages make up the first ten minutes or so. That’s …

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Travis Bickle – ORIGINAL CHARACTERS Series: Part 7

Travis Bickle Taxi Driver Cinema

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 Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver. What …

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Fact and Fiction: How to Handle THE TRUTH as a Screenwriter

The Crown Fact and Fiction

Oftentimes, a film based in reality will include a handful of fabricated details and interactions. Many people dedicate themselves to pointing out instances where true stories deviate from the truth. …

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Writing The Unlikeable Protagonist: How to Craft a Great Antihero

Walter White Creating Characters

The Role of the Unlikeable Protagonist ‘Unlikeable protagonist’ sounds like an oxymoron. However, they’re a common occurrence in all forms of storytelling. The antihero protagonist is an increasingly prominent presence …

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15 Motivating Jon Favreau Quotes on Filmmaking

Jon Favreau Quotes

Where to start with a filmmaker, actor, producer and writer as malleable and prolific as Jon Favreau? The multi-talented director behind Iron Man, the Mandalorian and The Lion King has …

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Writing a Satisfying Story Ending: The COMPLETE Guide

The Godfather Story Ending

Story Ending: The Most Important Part of Your Screenplay Any successful screenplay endeavours to tell the story of a character’s journey. A crucial part of that journey is the story …

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Writing Stage Directions in a Screenplay: The ULTIMATE Lowdown

Crafting good quality stage directions can often be one of the trickiest parts of writing a screenplay. The directions need to be clear and concise but also need to engage …

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What Goes into the Writing of a Documentary Script?

Documentary Script Filming

What is a Documentary Script? Documentary filmmaking is a non-fiction form of storytelling that depicts reality. The purpose behind the film could be to educate, inform or simply to document. …

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Dream Sequences: How to Craft Them While Avoiding Common Pitfalls

Eternal Sunshine Dream Sequence

Dream Sequences: Avoiding the Lazy Screenwriter’s Crutch It was all a dream! First the audience gasps. Then they sigh and roll their eyes. Through overuse and poor execution, dream sequences …

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Writing Tension in Screenplays: Learn from 10 NAIL-BITING Scenes

Writing Tension, Mission Impossible

Writing Tension: The Difference Between Shock and Suspense Take an ordinary scene where for five minutes three people are sitting around a table talking about their day. Suddenly, BOOM! A …

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15 Guillermo Del Toro Quotes You Can Learn From

Guillermo Del Toro Quotes

Since his debut film, Cronos, Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has been captivating audiences with a unique blend of fantasy and realism. We’ve compiled 15 Guillermo del Toro quotes that …

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Dual Protagonists: How to Handle TWO Lead Characters in Your Screenplay

The Prestige - Dual Protagonists

Dual Protagonists: Breaking the Mould There is no law in screenwriting that dictates you must only have one protagonist, or main character, in your screenplay. Granted, most writers choose to …

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Political Thrillers vs Political Dramas: What Are the KEY Differences?

Bodyguard Political Thriller

While shows such as The Crown and House of Cards have been recent hits, political thrillers and political dramas have been around since the dawn of storytelling. After all, Shakespeare …

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Creating Characters That Leap Off The Page: What Are The 15 VITAL Steps?

Walter White Creating Characters

Creating Characters: A Daunting Process When writing a screenplay, the process of creating characters can be so arduous yet so enlightening, so varied yet at the same time so individually …

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10 Superb TV Pilot Examples and The Keys to Writing a Great TV Pilot

Marvelous Mrs Maisel TV Pilot

What Makes a Great TV Pilot? Understanding the importance, function and objective of a TV pilot are the first steps to writing a great one. The difference between a failed …

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Visual Storytelling: What Does it REALLY Mean, in Screenwriting terms?

Wall-E Visual Storytelling

What Is Visual Storytelling? By definition, visual storytelling is a story told through a visual medium. This can include anything from photography, video or illustration, which is then enhanced by …

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Genre Mashup: 10 Vital Steps to Nailing a Mix of Genres in Your Screenplay

Brazil Genre Mashup

Genre mashups, also known as cross-genres or hybrid genres, are commonly found in many art forms – film, music or literature. It’s when an artist combines two or more genres …

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Multi-Camera Scripts: How Do They Differ From Other Scripts in Content and Style?

Friends Multi-Camera Script

The Multi-Camera Sitcom Since coming to the fore in the 1960s, the multi-camera situational comedy, or sitcom, has proven itself a genre that has been able to continually reinvent itself, …

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Barry Berkman – ORIGINAL CHARACTERS Series: Part 6

Barry Berkman 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 Barry Berkman from Barry. What is an …

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Antagonist Examples: 15 of the BEST Formidable Foes from Film & TV

Erik Killmonger, Antagonists Examples

In screenwriting terms, the antagonist of a story is arguably as important as the protagonist. In the very simplest terms, if your protagonist is the hero, then the antagonist is …

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Playwriting vs Screenwriting: How PLAYWRITING Can Help Your SCREENWRITING

Playwriting

Both playwrights and screenwriters practice the art of dramatic writing with the same goal in mind. To tell a compelling story that leaves a lasting impact on audiences. The truth …

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Writing the Tragic Romance: 7 Essential Elements to Breaking Hearts

Tragic Romance The Notebook

Heartbreak is the key feature of a tragic romance.  The central love story ends in heartbreak and, as a result, audiences walk away from the film feeling heartbroken. Most people …

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Fight Scenes That Kick A*s: 15 Examples of a Superbly Written Fight Scene

Whether you’re a fan of highly choreographed martial art movies, or super polished CGI superhero battles: it is always useful to have a set of ground rules how to write a good fight scene.

Mockumentary Scripts: The Keys to Writing a Great Mockumentary

The Office Mockumentary Script

A mockumentary is a satirical film or television show that combines documentary-style filmmaking with fictional subject matter. But although mockumentaries feature fictional events, they differ greatly from traditional narratives. And this …

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Why Nailing Your Elevator Pitch Can Massively Help Your Screenplay

Lost in Translation Elevator Pitch

It’s any screenwriter’s fantasy to come across an acclaimed director or producer out of the blue and pitch them their passion project. Enter the infamous elevator pitch. Chances are, of …

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Writing Style 101: How to Discover YOUR Own Unique Voice

The Apartment

We are able to identify the distinct writing styles of our favorite screenwriters. Styles that make us love their stories. Quentin Tarantino‘s masterful monologues. Aaron Sorkin‘s long sequences of quick-paced …

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ORIGINAL CHARACTERS Series: Part Five – Walter White

Breaking Bad Pilot - Walter White - 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 Walter White from Breaking Bad. What is …

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Shonda Rhimes Masterclass Review: Is It Worth It?

Shonda Rhimes Masterclass Review

Our scores in this in-depth Shonda Rhimes MasterClass review: Lessons – 7/10 Workbook – 9/10 Community -7/10 Value – 8/10 Overall Verdict – Thumbs Up! Pros of the Shonda Rhimes …

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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

Wolf of Wall Street- Great Monologue

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

Jaws - External Conflict Example

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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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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Writing Dialogue Expertly: Learn from These Great Dialogue Examples

Marriage Story Writing Dialogue, Best Dialogue

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

Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort True Crime Story

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

Infinity War - Cliffhanger

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

Shawkshank Redemption Chekov's Gun Rita Hayworth

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

Ladybird Opening Scene

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

Requiem for a Dream Montage Example

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

Source Code - Video Game Logic

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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