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

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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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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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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

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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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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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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 Harness the Power of Visual Metaphor In Your Screenplays

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What is a Visual Metaphor? And How to Use One in Your Screenplay… You want a screenplay to be entertaining but reflective and unique but relatable. You want the audience …

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49 Fixable Reasons A Screenplay Reader Passed On Your Project

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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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‘Show Don’t Tell’ – Why The Screenwriting Mantra Endures

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‘Show Don’t Tell’ – How to Best Follow the Principle   It’s a term you hear frequently when it comes to storytelling – ‘Show Don’t Tell’. But what does it …

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How to Write an Awesome Beat Sheet for Your Screenplay

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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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35 Movie Tropes and How to Avoid Them in Screenwriting

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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 …

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

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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 …

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Writing the Perfect Controlling Idea for Film and TV: The ULTIMATE Guide

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Writing the Perfect Controlling Idea for Film and TV: The Ultimate Guide   A controlling idea is a foundation. Writing a screenplay is a lot like building a house. It …

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15 Examples of Bad Writing in Really GOOD Movies and Shows

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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 …

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How to Write a Great Biopic: Pitfalls Screenwriters Should Avoid

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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 …

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

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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 …

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Your First Draft : 9 Essential Steps to Getting it Right

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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 …

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201 Character Archetypes Writers MUST Have In Their Armoury

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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 …

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50 Hollywood Screenwriters Reveal Their Writing Process

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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 …

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