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How to Write an Awesome Beat Sheet for Your Screenplay

Why a Beat Sheet is Important to Your Screenplay Whilst inspiration can strike at any minute and writing can be incredibly spontaneous business, screenwriting is usually smoothest when you’ve got a solid plan. Organization and outlining are crucial to the process. The best outlining technique to use, is The Beat

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Walking Away from Explosion Movie Trope
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35 Movie Tropes and How to Avoid Them in Screenwriting

35 Movie Tropes and How to Avoid Them in Screenwriting   Most audiences can agree that movies often lose their impact when writers cut corners and rely on cliches and overused movie tropes. But what exactly is a movie trope? A movie trope is a commonly used device or motif

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Paul Dano Typewriter Film Treatments
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Writing Great Film Treatments: The ULTIMATE Guide

Film Treatments: The ULTIMATE Guide   So you’ve managed to come up with a brilliant idea for a film. You’ve developed the idea into a logline and thought through a synopsis that seems to work. Time to just muck in and write the thing right? Wait a second – a

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15 Cunning Red Herring Examples in TV and Film

15 Cunning Red Herring Examples in TV and Film   Surprise is one of the most important elements in movies and tv. Knowing how to write a killer plot twist is an important skill in your writer’s tool box. And in screenwriting, a red herring can serve as a great

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Pulp Fiction Briefcase Plot Device
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16 Powerful Plot Devices To Use in Your Screenplay

16 Powerful Plot Devices To Use in Your Screenplay   It’s a term that gets thrown around a lot but what exactly is a plot device? A plot device is any technique in a narrative used to move the plot forward. Plot devices are basically the methods you use throughout

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The Dude Character Description
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What Are The Must-Know Keys to Writing Great Character Descriptions?

The Must-Know Keys to Writing Great Character Descriptions   Great character descriptions are what help ease the reader into your great characterization. They’re the entrée, if you will, to the main event. If you’re a screenwriter, you know a huge amount goes into the making of a fantastic screenplay. It’s

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15 Phoebe Waller-Bridge Quotes Writers and Filmmakers Can Learn From

15 Phoebe Waller-Bridge Quotes Writers & Filmmakers Can Learn From Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s career is an inspiring tale of talent, perseverance and ultimate success. Starting her career primarily as an actor, she made waves on the theatre circuit in 2013 with her one-woman show Fleabag, which she wrote and starred in.

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Se7en Protagonist and Antagonist Dynamic
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Protagonist and Antagonist: How to Craft The PERFECT Dynamic

How Do You Craft the PERFECT Dynamic Between Protagonist and Antagonist?   The conflict between the protagonist and antagonist is an essential part of screenwriting. However, this crucial conflict can often be a conflict between three characters rather than just two. We’re going to take a look at what defines

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Daenerys Season Eight
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15 Examples of Bad Writing in Really GOOD Movies and Shows

15 Examples of Bad Writing in Really GOOD Movies and Shows   If you pay even a sliver of attention to people’s critiques of TV and film, then you understand that great screenwriting isn’t necessarily a given, even for shows and movies that have made it all the way to

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Matrix Exposition - Morpheus and Neo
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15 Crafty Exposition Examples: How to Do It Right

15 Crafty Exposition Examples: How to Get Exposition Right   Exposition is an essential part of any screenplay. However, there is a fine line between pulling it off smoothly and making it feel too obvious to audiences. Learning how to write good exposition is a key step in learning how

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How to Write a Great Biopic: Pitfalls Screenwriters Should Avoid

How to Write a Biopic: Pitfalls Screenwriters Should Avoid   From BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY to JUDY, the biopic is a seriously popular modern movie genre. But having such a concrete story to work from in the telling of someone’s life isn’t always as carefree as it seems. With the number of

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Save the Cat! Analysis Series: MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING (2002)

One of the world’s most popular screenwriting books, Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat has brought clarity and a sense of direction to thousands of screenwriters, many of whom were looking for the logical extension of Syd Field’s work. If you’re not familiar with it, the book delivered a structural screenwriting roadmap: not quite a full-blown

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Bradley Cooper Writing First Draft
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Your First Draft : 9 Essential Steps to Getting it Right

Your First Draft : 9 Essential Steps to Getting it Right   It might not be what you want to hear after months, maybe years, of painstaking screenwriting work. But your first draft is almost certainly only the first stage in the evolution of your screenplay. Your screenplay’s first draft

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Various Archetypes
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201 Character Archetypes Writers MUST Have In Their Armoury

201 Character Archetypes Writers MUST Have in Their Armoury   Every screenwriter knows that writing a great screenplay takes more than just a good plot or good world building. It relies heavily on constructing memorable characters. Understanding character archetypes are an important step in this endeavor. Character archetypes are broad

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Where Did The Romcom Go? by Tamzin Rafn

Where Did The Romcom Go? I have a question. Where did the romcom go, please? Has anyone seen it of late because I seek and ye does not find? Let’s be honest, the sh*t has hit the fan worldwide recently and it’s not a fan of the kind of cinematic

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Fleabag Fourth Wall Break
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The Fourth Wall Break in Screenwriting – How to Do it & Why

The Fourth Wall Break – How to Do it and Why   An increasingly common device used in modern Film and Television, the fourth wall break can serve as a dynamic way of breaking down the barrier between an audience and a protagonist. However, when deployed inappropriately it can also

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Westeros World Building, Daenerys
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World Building in Film and TV: The Essential Steps

World Building in Film & TV: The Essential Steps   If you’ve ever enjoyed losing yourself in the world of Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, you know how important world building is. After all, world building is what makes us suspend our disbelief and fully sink into a

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Ava DuVernay
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15 Inspiring Ava DuVernay Quotes for Writers & Filmmakers

15 Inspiring Ava DuVernay Quotes for Writers & Filmmakers   As the first black woman nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Director, Ava DuVernay is ushering in a new era for black filmmakers. Initially starting as a journalist with a CBS internship, DuVernay quickly became disillusioned with the field

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Anthony Minghella writing process
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50 Hollywood Screenwriters Reveal Their Writing Process

What’s Your Personal Writing Process? In screenwriting, sometimes the biggest challenge is discovering the most effective writing process That Works For You. For example, each and every writer has a different approach to how they: summon key plot points establish characters use subtext utilize themes generate dialogue control pacing optimize

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How to Definitively Nail Your Movie Theme – The ULTIMATE Guide

How to Nail Your Movie Theme: What is Your Screenplay Actually About?   What is your screenplay about? What is your movie’s theme? These may seem like obvious questions. But many experienced script consultants will tell you that a common frustration in reading hundreds of screenplays professionally is that often

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Dunkirk
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Bold and Brave Screenplay Structure: 10 Great Examples

Bold Screenplay Structure: 10 Great Examples   A great script requires great dialogue, great characterization and layered conflict. One of the most crucial elements however, screenplay structure, is occasionally taken for granted. Effective screenplay structure is the axis around which the rest of the story revolves, yet it can drift

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Omar Little
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ORIGINAL CHARACTERS Series: Part 2 – Omar Little

ORIGINAL CHARACTERS Series: Part 2 Welcome to Original Characters, an ongoing series of Industrial Scripts articles examining the most original characters to appear in both TV and film. Want to view the whole series? Here’s the link.   What is an Original Character? What is an original character? It’s a

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The Prestige, Bird Cage Trick
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15 Genius Foreshadowing Examples in Film and TV

15 Genius Foreshadowing Examples in Film and TV   Foreshadowing is typically used to enhance the audience’s experience of the intended themes and messages of the movie or TV show they are watching. Foreshadowing definition : a literary device in which a writer gives an advance hint of what is

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Save the Cat! Analysis Series: THE WEDDING SINGER (1998)

One of the world’s most popular screenwriting books, Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat has brought clarity and a sense of direction to thousands of screenwriters, many of whom were looking for the logical extension of Syd Field’s work. If you’re not familiar with it, the book delivered a structural screenwriting roadmap: not quite a full-blown

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Internal Conflict in Toy Story
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10 Fantastic Internal Conflict Examples

10 Fantastic Internal Conflict Examples   Internal conflict is a powerful and absolutely essential tool used by writers and filmmakers in drama. These ten examples, as well as the internal conflict definition below, definitively prove it. Most, if not all, of the great TV shows and films are rife with

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Save the Cat Analysis Series: HEAVEN CAN WAIT (1978)

One of the world’s most popular screenwriting books, Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat has brought clarity and a sense of direction to thousands of screenwriters, many of whom were looking for the logical extension of Syd Field’s work. If you’re not familiar with it, the book delivered a structural screenwriting roadmap for mainstream movies: not

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Whodunnit - Seven, Detectives
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How to Write a Whodunnit or Detective Movie

How to Write a Whodunnit   A whodunnit is more a narrative structure, than a genre (although one could easily argue it’s a sub-genre). That’s why it can be presented in the form of a thriller, a horror, a mockumentary and even a comedy. The structure encompasses everything from the

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Save the Cat Analysis Series: SLIDING DOORS (1998)

One of the world’s most popular screenwriting books, Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat has brought clarity and a sense of direction to thousands of screenwriters, many of whom were looking for the logical extension of Syd Field’s work. If you’re not familiar with it, the book delivered a structural screenwriting roadmap for mainstream movies:

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An Honest WriterDuet Review: Is It Worth It?

An Honest WriterDuet Review by Industrial Scripts   WriterDuet is a software for writing and editing screenplays, focused on being modern, intuitive, and user-friendly. It’s got a variety of different and innovative functions, such as real-time collaboration online and offline editing even tools that tell if your script has passed

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how to generate script ideas
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How to Generate Great Script Ideas – 5-Step Guide

Generating Script Ideas – 5 Top Tips Whether you’re sitting down to write your first script or are an experienced writer writing your tenth screenplay – where you get your script ideas from can be tricky.  There are a number of easy ways to help get your creative juices flowing

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How to Write A Coming-Of-Age Movie

How to Write a Coming-Of-Age Movie   As its name implies, a Coming-Of-Age movie focuses on the growth of the main character from youth to adulthood. In this context, it’s quite common and logical that most of these stories revolve around the high school years, especially 12th-grade senior year. Leaving

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Save the Cat Analysis Series: THE STING (1973)

One of the world’s most popular screenwriting books, Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat has brought clarity and a sense of direction to thousands of screenwriters, many of whom were looking for the logical extension of Syd Field’s work. If you’re not familiar with it, the book delivered a structural screenwriting roadmap: not quite a full-blown

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Original Characters - Tony Soprano
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ORIGINAL CHARACTERS Series: Part 1 – Tony Soprano

ORIGINAL CHARACTERS Series: Part 1   Welcome to Original Characters, an ongoing series of articles that will examine the most original characters to appear in both TV and film. What is an Original Character?   What is an original character? It’s a character that sticks with you even when they’re

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Movie Titles
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Crafting Ideas for Great Movie Titles: Your 5-Step Guide

Crafting Ideas for Great Movie Titles: Your 5-Step Guide   It is often argued that the first 5 pages of your script will make or break your chances in screenwriting ,at least in terms of making that initial first impression on busy script readers, development executives and producers. First impressions

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Why Screenwriters Need Pro Script Analysis Now, More Than Ever

There’s often an element of mystery or confusion surrounding script analysis services. Sitting at home, watching a bad film or TV show, it’s the easiest thing in the world to play  “backseat writer.” The thinking goes: “I could write better than that. All I have to do is write something

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Save the Cat! Analysis Series: KNOCKED UP (2007)

One of the world’s most popular screenwriting books, Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat has brought clarity and a sense of direction to thousands of screenwriters, many of whom were looking for the logical extension of Syd Field’s work. If you’re not familiar with it, the book delivered a structural screenwriting roadmap: not quite a full-blown

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Save the Cat! Analysis Series: SUPERBAD (2007)

One of the world’s most popular screenwriting books, Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat has brought clarity and a sense of direction to thousands of screenwriters, many of whom were looking for the logical extension of Syd Field’s work. If you’re not familiar with it, the book delivered a structural screenwriting roadmap: not quite

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Save the Cat Analysis Series: GROUNDHOG DAY

One of the world’s most popular screenwriting books , Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat has brought clarity and a sense of direction to thousands of screenwriters, who were looking for the logical extension of Syd Field’s work. If you’re not familiar with it the book delivered a structural roadmap to writers: not quite join-the-dots,

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Save the Cat Analysis Series: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

One of the world’s most popular screenwriting books , Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat has brought clarity and a sense of direction to thousands of screenwriters, who were looking for the logical extension of Syd Field’s work. If you’re not familiar with it the book delivered a structural roadmap to writers: not quite join-the-dots,

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How to Write Period Drama

Period drama “Period drama” is a slippery term. Typically, it means a project set in a time period that’s older than recent memory. (While STRANGER THINGS is set in the period of the 1980s, it’s unlikely anyone would refer to it as a “period piece”.) But where to begin when facing

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Save the Cat Analysis Series: AMERICAN PIE

One of the world’s most popular screenwriting books , Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat has brought clarity and a sense of direction to thousands of screenwriters, who were looking for the logical extension of Syd Field’s work. If you’re not familiar with it the book delivered a structural roadmap to writers: not

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15 Great Ryan Coogler Quotes for Writers & Filmmakers

15 Great Ryan Coogler Quotes    Ryan Coogler’s career path is the envy of many aspiring filmmakers. Off of the success of a festival-acclaimed indie drama, FRUITVALE STATION, he brought his own personal touch to back-to-back blockbuster hits CREED and BLACK PANTHER. If he has any filmmaking tips to share,

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Arvind Ethan David Industrial Scripts
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The Insider Interviews: Arvind Ethan David

The Insider Interviews series started in 2010 as a set of recorded interviews, featuring the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Gareth Unwin, who produced THE KING’S SPEECH, Ben Wheatley and Hossein Amini, the Oscar-nominated writer of DRIVE and THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY. You can watch these here. The Insider Interviews now exist

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Jodie Foster Masterclass
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Jodie Foster Masterclass Review: Is It Worth It?

COURSE REVIEW: SCORES Lessons: 8.1  Workbooks: 8.2 Community & Interactivity: 6.4 Value: 8.0  OVERALL VERDICT: Thumbs Up!     Pros and Cons Pros: Actor-director background creates a unique perspective Strong focus on how writers and directors collaborate Extra class materials and looks behind the scenes provide good context  Cons: The

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Writing and Filmmaking Lessons from BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)

BACK TO THE FUTURE Video Essay   Not content with dominating blockbuster filmmaking as a director, the ’80s saw Steven Spielberg become a producing powerhouse. He brought his Amblin touch to the generation-defining likes of GREMLINS, POLTERGEIST, THE GOONIES and also BACK TO THE FUTURE. After several box office failures,

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Martin Scorsese Masterclass
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Martin Scorsese Masterclass Review: Is It Worth It?

Martin Scorsese Masterclass Review   Scores:   Lessons: 8.3/10 Workbooks: 8.1/10 Community: 6.5/10 Value: 8.1/10   OVERALL VERDICT: Thumbs Up! Course Pros and Cons…   Pros: Scorsese’s expertise and eloquence make him a natural interview subject and teacher Video lessons cover every aspect of directing and of developing your own

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Writing and Filmmaking Lessons from PADDINGTON 2 (2017)

PADDINGTON 2 video essay PADDINGTON was that rare, quintessentially British film that found success around the globe. So there was little surprise when the studio confirmed PADDINGTON 2. Paul King returned to direct. David Heyman (of HARRY POTTER fame) returned to produce, through Heyday Films and StudioCanal UK. Paul King

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The Social Network
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VIDEO ESSAY: Dislikable Characters – THE SOCIAL NETWORK

THE SOCIAL NETWORK They’re making a film about Facebook? Commentators greeted news of the project with scepticism. But with a tight script from Aaron Sorkin (THE WEST WING) and clinical direction from David Fincher (GONE GIRL), THE SOCIAL NETWORK has proved to be one of the modern era’s best –

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