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

Film Noir - Double Indemnity

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

Hunger Games Love Triangle

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)

Nonlinear narrative - Eternal Sunshine

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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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?

The Deer Hunter Writing a Scene

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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50 Energising Screenwriting Productivity Hacks

Stranger Than Fiction

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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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

Fargo Show Don't Tell Marge and Norm

‘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

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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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?

The Dude Character Description

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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How to Write a Great Biopic: Pitfalls Screenwriters Should Avoid

Judy Garland Biopic - 'Judy'

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

Various Archetypes

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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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 …

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Thriller vs Horror – Why The Subtle Differences Can Save Your Script

Thriller vs Horror, The Birds

Thriller vs Horror – What Are the Critical Differences?   In terms of movie genres, Thriller and Horror are often mistakenly confused, or even lumped in together. The truth is, …

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