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

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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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Film Networking: An Unavoidable Skill You Have No Choice But To Master

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“It’s all about who you know”. Anyone remotely connected to the film industry has heard that phrase. And they’ll often approach the whole subject of film networking, of making contacts, …

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

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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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Film Festival Strategy 101: The KEY Steps for a New Filmmaker

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So you’ve made a film and you want more people than just your friends and family to see it. Well, film festivals are a great way to get your project …

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Playwriting vs Screenwriting: How PLAYWRITING Can Help Your SCREENWRITING

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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

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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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Writing Style 101: How to Discover YOUR Own Unique Voice

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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49 Fixable Reasons A Screenplay Reader Passed On Your Project

Screenplay Reader

49 Fixable Reasons A Screenplay Reader Passed On Your Project Every writer has experienced that moment of wanting to throw the towel in after getting rejected. However, it’s important not …

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How to Write an Awesome Beat Sheet for Your Screenplay

Beat Sheet Writing

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 …

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