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Cary Fukanaga Quotes
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15 Brilliant Cary Fukunaga Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers

15 Brilliant Cary Fukunaga Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers Cary Fukunaga has had a prolific career so far. He is American by nationality, but of Japanese, Swedish, English and German ethnicity. His films have a distinct and often international feel, spanning different continents, languages and genres. In 2004, his writing

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Jon Snow Book to Screen
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From Book to Screen: 9 Essential Steps to Skilful Adaptations

From Book to Screen: 9 Essential Keys to Adaptation Stories that have made the journey from book to screen have always been popular. But it feels more than ever they make for a increasingly popular sub genre. They even have their own category on Netflix. Whilst it’s a tempting route

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Casino Royale High Stakes
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How to Expertly Create High Stakes in Your Screenplays

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 many ways, they: maintain audience investment. increase tension. give purpose to character’s actions. provide characters with something to play for. However,

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The Lobster Dialogue
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On the Nose Dialogue: How to Lose It or Use It in Screenwriting

On the Nose Dialogue: How to Lose It or Use It in Screenwriting Granted, writing on the nose dialogue might not be the greatest sin in screenwriting terms. But it’s often the quickest way for a screenplay reader to view your work as unprofessional and, frankly, amateur. Sometimes, what was

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The Deep Value of Subplots: With 10 Awesome Examples

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 of a narrative arc. But subplots help add depth to this narrative arc. They keep the audience’s interest from waning

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The Machinist Psychological Thriller
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How to Write a Captivating Psychological Thriller

How to Write a Captivating Psychological Thriller A psychological thriller. It’s a story that gets in your head and keeps you on your toes. Psychological Thriller: ‘a thriller narrative that emphasizes the unstable psychological states of its characters.’ Within a psychological thriller, the conflict takes place primarily in the mind

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The Safdie Brothers
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15 Safdie Brothers Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers

15 Safdie Brothers Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers The Safdie brothers began making independent short films from a young age, drawing heavily from their disruptive childhood as two children of divorce. Consequently, Josh and Benny have cited their film-loving father as a major influence for the ‘life on the edge’

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Breaking Bad Story Structure Inciting Incident
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Truly Understanding Story Structure: The Vital Steps

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 with and upended. Picture this scenario though: You’re enjoying a movie. The story develops in front of you, drawing you

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Joker Movie Villian
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How to Create a Credible Movie Villain for your Screenplay

Creating an Awesome Movie Villain for your Screenplay In this article we’ll look at different examples and tools for creating believable movie villains. In Writing Screenplays that Sell, Michael Hauge writes that the villain, or “nemesis” – …is the character who stands in the way of the hero achieving his

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Matrix High Concept
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The 7 Vital Steps to Developing a Great High Concept Movie

Turn Your Loose Story Ideas into a High Concept Movie in 7 Steps   What is a “high concept” movie? What do movie producers and executives look for in a high concept? And how do you turn a logline into a high concept to begin with? Screenwriters are constantly searching

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Call Me By Your Name Love Interest
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How to Write a Love Interest That Audiences Believe In

How to Write a Love Interest who Audiences Believe…   If your mind immediately jumps to soppy worn out cliches when you think of love interests, you’d be forgiven. But love interests are significant roles in many genres. They’re certainly not limited to romcoms. The question for screenwriters is how

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Harry Potter Scar Visual Metaphor
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How to Harness the Power of Visual Metaphor In Your Screenplays

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 to connect. Using visual metaphors can be the key to unlocking this. When used intentionally, visual metaphors can transform your

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Science Fiction Movie - Arrival
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How to Write a Compelling Science Fiction Movie

How to Write a Compelling Science Fiction Movie   While science fiction movies can be exhilarating to watch, they can be just as daunting to write. How do you create a captivating and believable story world? What amount of exposition is necessary for introducing sci-fi elements? How do writers not

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Fargo Show Don't Tell Marge and Norm
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‘Show Don’t Tell’ – Why The Screenwriting Mantra Endures

‘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 mean exactly?  And how you can you take that principle and use it in your screenwriting? Let’s take a look…

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Beat Sheet Writing
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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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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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Judy Garland Biopic - 'Judy'
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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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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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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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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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The Insider Interviews: Rob Sprackling

This month’s featured industry guest at The Insider Interviews is Rob Sprackling. A screenwriter known for his work on THE QUEEN’S CORGI (2019) and GNOMEO AND JULIET (2011) 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,

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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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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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19 Awesome Denis Villeneuve Quotes About His Creative Process

19 Awesome Denis Villeneuve Quotes About His Creative Process   Denis Villeneuve began his career as a film-maker in his native Canada, as part of the National Film Board of Canada to produce a series of self-shot documentaries. He has had a career that has spanned 29 Years and has

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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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The Insider Interviews – Tom Daley

This month’s featured industry guest at The Insider Interviews is Tom Daley of eOne Entertainment. 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

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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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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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