Why Screenwriters Should Consider a Second Act Subplot

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While first and third acts pose their own challenges, it’s in the weeds of the second act that many scripts (and movies for that matter) go astray. Introducing a second …

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10 Great Sites to Download Movie Scripts From

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This article will delve into the numerous resources for finding movie scripts online. Smart and serious aspiring screenwriters not only watch a lot of movies but read a lot of …

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10 Films That Make You Invested in The Protagonist’s Goal

low stakes in The Big Lebowski

In 9/10 cases the protagonist is the driving force of a successful film narrative. We invest in their story because we identify with their goal and become invested in it; …

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OPINION: Screenplay Anachronisms Can Bring the Past to Life

Anachronisms in the Alex Cox film Walker

Films that are set in the past are often judged for their authenticity. The “goofs” section of IMDb is overrun with anachronisms: this porcelain wasn’t made until six years later; or …

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14 Ways a TV or Movie Setting Was Used To Enhance a Screenplay

Setting as Character

When a TV or Movie Setting IS A Character In the Narrative… Ask yourself this: what is a TV or movie setting? Really think about it. Is it just a …

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The Insider Interviews: Michael Kuhn

The Insider Interviews: Michael Kuhn

THE INSIDER INTERVIEWS: MICHAEL KUHN 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 …

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OPINION: Support Your Supporting Characters

Ned, supporting character, Groundhog Day

While it’s true that the star system is not what it once was, actors can still have tremendous power. Many actors have their own production companies, partly as a route for finding interesting …

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10 Classic Secondary Characters in THE BIG LEBOWSKI

Secondary Characters in THE BIG LEBOWSKI

The Coen Brothers‘ ability to create amazing, ultra-memorable secondary characters with only a few lines of writing  is something that all screenwriters can learn from. Consider the giant sea of …

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The Insider Interviews: Paul Webster

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THE INSIDER INTERVIEWS: PAUL WEBSTER 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 …

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10 Types of Scene that Work Onscreen but Not on the Page

Inception - Scene that Works Onscreen but Not on the Page

It goes without saying that reading a script does not have the same sensory effect on a human being as watching a film or TV show. That’s because there are …

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The Insider Interviews: Nisha Parti

The Insider Interviews: Nisha Parti

THE INSIDER INTERVIEWS: NISHA PARTI 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 …

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The Insider Interviews: Celine Haddad

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THE INSIDER INTERVIEWS: CELINE HADDAD 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, …

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10 Great Empire Magazine Articles For Screenwriters

Empire Magazine Articles For Screenwriters

Empire Magazine has been a staple in the film industry for many years. The magazine, and now the website, is seen as one of the world’s leading authorities on film-related content …

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Unheralded Scene: V FOR VENDETTA (2006)

V for Vendetta

In our “Unheralded Scene” series, our consultants nominate a classic film or TV scene, which in their view hasn’t received the admiration it deserves. It might be a scene from …

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The Insider Interviews: Bradley Quirk

The Insider Interviews: Bradley Quirk

THE INSIDER INTERVIEWS: BRADLEY QUIRK 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, …

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Unheralded Scene: THE WOMAN IN BLACK (2012)

Unheralded Scene: THE WOMAN IN BLACK

Focus On: THE WOMAN IN BLACK (2012) As a direct contrast to last month’s Unheralded Scene from FALLEN, this month we look at a scene that’s completely without on-screen dialogue. The …

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Writing Science Fiction Screenplays

Ex Machina - Science Fiction Screenplays

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

Cabin in the Woods - Writing Horror Screenplays

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

The Exorcist - Writing Horror Screenplays

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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Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Supernatural Horror

Insidious - Writing Horror Screenplays

Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Supernatural Horror Supernatural Horror is perhaps the most writer-friendly of all Horror sub-genres because its effectiveness really does live on the page, rather than being hostage to practical …

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Writing the Stalker Film Screenplay

Sleeping with the Enemy - classic stalker film

Writing the Stalker Film Screenplay Stalking is an inherently cinematic activity and it crops up everywhere, in every kind of story. Following people around (with a camera) is what film-makers do, …

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The Insider Interviews: Andy Brunskill

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THE INSIDER INTERVIEWS: ANDY BRUNSKILL 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 …

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