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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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

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

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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 …

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Save the Cat! Analysis Series: SUPERBAD (2007)

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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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Save the Cat Analysis Series: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

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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, who were looking for the logical extension of …

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What the Most Successful Sports Team Can Teach Screenwriters

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Learning From the New Zealand All Blacks In the history of organised sports – globally – one team stands alone. The New Zealand All Blacks are the most successful sports …

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An Ultimate Guide to Screenwriting Etiquette in Film & TV

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Why Screenwriting Etiquette is so important…   As a new screenwriter, how does one conduct oneself in one of the most competitive industries in the world? It’s an important question, …

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10 Screenwriting Lessons From DEAD MAN’S SHOES (2004)

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DEAD MAN’S SHOES (2004) DEAD MAN’S SHOES follows Richard (Paddy Considine), a soldier who returns to his home town to get revenge on the men who abused his mentally-challenged brother …

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31 Writing Lessons From Iconic Author Kurt Vonnegut

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31 Writing Lessons From Iconic Author Kurt Vonnegut With his deceptively simple prose style, novelist, playwright and essayist Kurt Vonnegut, jr. (1922 – 2007) bridged sci-fi and literary fiction. Novels like …

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Which Species of Screenwriter Are You?

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The Screenwriter: A Species The ‘building-block’ nature of screenwriting is such that any screenwriter needs a selection box of varying skills. As you’d expect then, different screenwriters tend to find …

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Is the Subtle, Theme-rich Screenplay Dead?

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Is the Subtle, Theme-rich Screenplay Dead? Theme-rich Screenplay Treated Unfairly? The plot-light, theme-rich screenplay is often – at the script development stage at least – unfairly maligned with the phrase …

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OPINION: Screenwriters Should Consider the Cinema Experience

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It’s a cliché, but the entertainment industry is an industry. Show business is a business. It behoves screenwriters to remember this and to consider why write films in the first place. What …

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Should Screenwriters Write “Omnisciently”?

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To write omnisciently as a screenwriter often entails, for better or worse, including elements that may never show up onscreen: jokes in descriptions or insights into characters’ thoughts and histories …

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10 Thriller Screenplays You Should Read

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Thriller Screenplay Power As a genre, ‘thriller’ tends to gently caress several others, namely horror, sci-fi, and drama. As such, thriller screenplays provide a goldmine of various narrative and structural …

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The 10 Script Notes Smart Screenwriters Know to Ignore

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Whilst advocating the deflection of script notes may be a strange thing for a dedicated script consultancy to do, the truth is that there is a great deal of bad …

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10 Minor Characters Who Still Have a Great ARC

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One facet of screenwriting which causes writers enormous headaches is conveying a lot with a little. Studying great minor characters is one way of learning this kind of efficiency. Minor Characters To …

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10 Commandments of the Accountable Screenwriter (Download)

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There are two kinds of rugby player”, the legendary Scottish coach Jim Telfer told his players, “there are the honest ones, and there’s the rest. The honest player gets up in …

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How to Write “Mythically” but Avoid Cliche – PDF Guide

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Writing mythically with cliché is relatively easy: watch a couple of films, read a couple of books then regurgitate the obvious stuff: quasi-religious story world, the quest, the mentor, initiation, …

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Writing Science Fiction Screenplays

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Writing Science Fiction Screenplays Sci-Fi is one of those odd genres – like the Western – that among script theorists often stimulates more argument about ‘defining your terms’ than it …

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Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Teen Horror

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Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Teen Horror From 1974’s BLACK CHRISTMAS – rightly credited with being the god-monster of the modern mainstream genre – through to every postmodern twist …

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Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Occult Horror

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Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Occult Horror Occult literally means ‘hidden’ so all Horror could be described as occult in the sense that all Horror deals with things that …

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