Menu

Category: All Articles

Welcome to our archives, containing blogs, guides and eBooks exclusive to Industrial Scripts.

Want us to email you a giant pack of epic free resources? Just click the button below!

arrow
John McClane Die Hard
All Articles

GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS: John McClane

In this series we look at scenes and moments where a film or TV show has revealed a great deal of character information in a compressed amount of screen time. In this instalment we focus on John McClane (Bruce Willis) from DIE HARD. DIE HARD is the quintessential, archetypal modern action

Read More »
Boogie Nights
All Articles

10 Screenwriting Lessons We Can Learn from…BOOGIE NIGHTS (1997)

Like much of Paul Thomas Anderson’s work, the BOOGIE NIGHTS screenplay has an odd structure, divergent POV and a hefty length, yet every page of it is full of worthwhile lessons for screenwriters. Here are ten: Conflict doesn’t need to be constant Conflict is often billed as screenwriting currency: you’re

Read More »
write omnisciently featured
All Articles

Should Screenwriters Write “Omnisciently”?

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 that only a reader will ever truly experience and appreciate. This statement is unlikely to surprise anyone sentient, but film

Read More »
screenwriting lessons featured
All Articles

10 Screenwriting Lessons From ANGEL HEART (1987)

ANGEL HEART Alan Parker’s ANGEL HEART is an odd blend of genres, taking noir, psychological thriller and horror to a three-way shotgun wedding. The screenwriting lessons it can teach us are similarly diverse. The basic plot is this: a private detective named Harry Angel is hired by the mysterious Louis

Read More »
thriller screenplays primer
All Articles

10 Thriller Screenplays You Should Read

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 techniques. These may well be films you’ve seen; it’s just that some of them might not have left you desperate

Read More »
second act subplot listen up philip
All Articles

Why Screenwriters Should Consider a Second Act Subplot

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 act subplot can be a strong solution, if executed well. The Challenge of the Second Act Alexander Mackendrick, the director

Read More »
brit list scripts 2014
All Articles

The Brit List Scripts 2016

The Brit List Scripts 2016 As reported by ScreenDaily, The Brit List (a kind of contained, sporadic knock-off of The Black List) was released today. Reportedly more than 80 producers, agents, distributors and sales agents from the UK voted for more than 160 of their favourite scripts. A total of 22

Read More »
Annie Wilkes in Misery
All Articles

GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS: Annie Wilkes

In this series we look at scenes and moments where a film or TV show has revealed a great deal of character information in a short amount of screen time. This installment focuses on Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) from MISERY. MISERY saw legendary screenwriter William Goldman adapting a Stephen King

Read More »
screenwriting contests scripts
All Articles

10 Script Notes You May Choose to Ignore…

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 advice handed out by script consultants at the murkier end of the industry (read also: “11 Reasons for the High

Read More »
movie scripts
All Articles

10 Great Sites to Download Movie Scripts From

Smart and serious aspiring screenwriters not only watch a lot of movies but read a lot of movie scripts. Studying the craft is an invaluable part of the learning and developing process. Thanks to the great wonders of the world wide web, it’s easier than ever. You’ll find below ten

Read More »
minor characters arc
All Articles

10 Minor Characters Who Still Have a Great ARC

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 Finer Characters The best minor characters can be just as rich as main characters. Ideally they should feel like they

Read More »
Jim Donovan in Bridge of Spies
All Articles

GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS: Jim Donovan (BRIDGE OF SPIES)

In this series we look at scenes and moments where a film or TV show has revealed a great deal of character information in a short amount of screen time. In this installment, we focus on how BRIDGE OF SPIES introduces Jim Donovan (Tom Hanks). Steven Spielberg directs, from a screenplay

Read More »
unresolved plot thread inception totem
All Articles

Unresolved Plot Threads: Magic or Madness?

Endings are crucial. The feeling an ending gives an audience is the feeling they leave the cinema with. It’s the feeling that will colour their perception of their whole experience and the whole film. How do unresolved plot threads make an audience feel? Often, creating a satisfying ending means tying

Read More »
screenwriting commandments
All Articles

10 Commandments of the Accountable Screenwriter (Download)

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 the morning and looks himself in the mirror and sets his standard, sets his stall out, and says: “I’m going

Read More »
low stakes in The Big Lebowski
All Articles

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

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; but some goals are more easily conveyed than others. Convincing an audience to root for a character fighting an evil

Read More »
Kate Mercer (Charlotte Rampling) in 45 Years
All Articles

GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS: Kate Mercer

In this series we look at scenes and moments where a film or TV show has revealed a great deal of character information in a compressed amount of screen time. Writer-director Andrew Haigh followed up his acclaimed film WEEKEND and HBO show LOOKING with 45 YEARS, which he adapted from a short

Read More »
Anachronisms in the Alex Cox film Walker
All Articles

OPINION: Screenplay Anachronisms Can Bring the Past to Life

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 this character shouldn’t have shaved underarms. However, anachronisms can actually be useful for bringing the past to life. It’s hard for an audience

Read More »
Setting as Character
All Articles

14 Brilliant Uses of Setting AS Character in Film and TV

Ask yourself this: what is a setting? Really think about it. Is it just a backdrop on which to stage the events of your story? A static playground, conveying only time and place? Or can it be something more? Where is the screenplay electricity? Sometimes the best settings reveal something

Read More »
25 Francis Ford Coppola Quotes
All Articles

25 Francis Ford Coppola Quotes For Writers & Filmmakers

Francis Ford Coppola Francis Ford Coppola is one of the greatest writer-directors to come out of the so-called “New Hollywood” wave of filmmaking, having made THE GODFATHER, THE GODFATHER PART II, THE CONVERSATION, and APOCALYPSE NOW all before reaching the age of 40. Nowadays, largely satisfied with his Hollywood filmography,

Read More »
avoid cliche
All Articles

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

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, testing, the final battle, rebirth etc. Writing mythically without cliché, by contrast, is not easy at all… In the 3rd

Read More »
James Cameron Quotes
All Articles

20 Great James Cameron Quotes on Storytelling

20 Great James Cameron Quotes on Storytelling With a filmography that boasts the likes of THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS, and THE ABYSS, James Cameron is undoubtedly one of the finest genre filmmakers and storytellers the film industry has ever seen. “There are many talented people who haven’t fulfilled their dreams because

Read More »
no country
All Articles

10 Almost-Great Screenplays

An almost-great screenplay can be more frustrating than a really bad one. The potential is strong and the execution is almost there, but something went wrong at the final hurdle. Of course, it’s easy to pick out flaws in retrospect or to credit (or blame) the writer for something that

Read More »
Mr Robot
All Articles

OPINION: Hacking Films Don’t Have to be Boring

Computers are not the most interesting subjects. Anyone who’s had to watch someone else type very slowly into a search bar can attest to this. In a visual medium like film or TV, this frustration multiplies. When a character is shown typing, stories and scenes tend to grind to a halt.

Read More »
The Martian Mark Watney
All Articles

GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS: Mark Watney

In this series we look at scenes and moments where a film or TV show has revealed a great deal of character information in a short amount of screen time. THE MARTIAN was adapted by Drew Goddard (writer-director of THE CABIN IN THE WOODS) from the novel by Andy Weir

Read More »
inciting incidents the goonies
All Articles

15 Genius Inciting Incidents by Screenwriters

15 Genius Inciting Incidents by Screenwriters You’ve created a fully developed character or series of characters and are now pondering their motivation through the narrative you’ve started to develop. Inciting incidents come in all shapes and sizes, so you should try to think of something clever, inspirational or at least interesting

Read More »
The Insider Interviews: Michael Kuhn
All Articles

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 Oscar-nominated writer of DRIVE and THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY. You can watch these here. The Insider Interviews now exist as live monthly events in central

Read More »
Social - Quotes about the Importance of Networking in Film & TV
All Articles

12 Quotes about the Importance of Networking in Film & TV

12 Quotes about the Importance of Networking No matter if you are a producer, writer or director, a would-be executive or talent agent, if you want to crack film and TV you have to make yourself known. There is no escaping the necessity of attending events, arranging meetings and introducing yourself

Read More »
Great Ingmar Bergman Quotes
All Articles

20 Great Ingmar Bergman Quotes on Storytelling

One of the most influential auteurs of all time, Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born in Sweden and worked as a director, producer and writer across and theatre and screen. He directed over sixty films and documentaries, most of which he also wrote, and directed 170 plays. His most well-known films

Read More »
mid film plot twist john doe surrenders
All Articles

10 Classic Mid-Film Plot Twists by Screenwriters

10 Great Mid-Film Plot Twists by Screenwriters Too often when watching a film, especially for those of us who have seen many of them, you can read where the story is going and predict what is going to happen onscreen prematurely. However, those screenwriters in pursuit of something that will

Read More »
Ned, supporting character, Groundhog Day
All Articles

OPINION: Support Your Supporting Characters

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 material off the beaten path of Hollywood. Look down Plan B Entertainment’s list of projects and imagine how many would have been

Read More »
Charlize Theron in Young Adult
All Articles

GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS: Young Adult

In this series we look at scenes and moments where a film or TV show has revealed a great deal of character information in a short amount of screen time. Screenwriter Diabo Cody and director Jason Reitman first collaborated on the smash hit JUNO. In 2011 they re-teamed for the indie dramedy

Read More »
taken liam neeson 750 x 400
All Articles

In Screenwriting terms, what is ‘tracking’?

In screenwriting terms, ‘tracking’ refers to being able to follow or ‘track’ the logic of a premise smoothly. The moment the audience starts to think that the story does not make sense – that the logic of the premise being presented to them doesn’t “track” – their oh-so-fragile suspension of

Read More »
Secondary Characters in THE BIG LEBOWSKI
All Articles

10 Classic 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 utterly forgettable characters you’ve seen on-screen in your lifetime. Characters that had pages and pages and pages devoted to them,

Read More »
Locke - The Insider Interviews: Paul Webster
All Articles

The Insider Interviews: Paul Webster

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 Oscar-nominated writer of DRIVE and THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY. You can watch these here. The Insider Interviews now exist as live monthly events in central

Read More »
Tallahassee has a drink in Zombieland
All Articles

GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS: Tallahassee

In this series we look at scenes and moments where a film or TV show has revealed a great deal of character information in a short amount of screen time. ZOMBIELAND began life as a TV pilot by writing partners Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (later behind DEADPOOL). Even in its

Read More »
Fargo - a true story?
All Articles

OPINION: This Is (Not) A True Story

This is a true story. The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred. The Coen brothers began their film FARGO

Read More »
John Ford - Storytelling Quotes
All Articles

15 Classic John Ford Quotes about Storytelling

The legendary director John Ford enjoyed a remarkably long and successful career, working on over 140 films and winning four Academy Awards for Best Director. His most well known films include: STAGECOACH, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE and THE GRAPES OF WRATH. Ford is noted for the precision of

Read More »
Inception - Scene that Works Onscreen but Not on the Page
All Articles

10 Types of Scene that Work 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 certain types of scene that can only be properly realised on screen. Sometimes the most memorable and visually impactful scenes

Read More »
The Insider Interviews: Nisha Parti
All Articles

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 Oscar-nominated writer of DRIVE and THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY. You can watch these here. The Insider Interviews now exist as live monthly events in central

Read More »
goodfellas
All Articles

10 Moments Where Problem Upon Problem Hits the Protagonist

Conflict is essential in every great story. The amount and complexity of the situation can obviously vary greatly depending on the scope, settings and characters involved. In some cases, loading problem upon problem on your character(s) is important in that it shows what they are made of or it shows

Read More »
Art of Misdirection
Craft

OPINION: The Art of Misdirection

** SPOILER ALERT: this article reveals key plot points from THE WITCH and THE PRESTIGE ** Holed up alone and away from the world, it can be too easy for screenwriters to forget that films are made for audiences. It’s important to consider what the audience is thinking at each point in

Read More »
Jay Cavendish in Slow West
All Articles

GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS: Jay Cavendish

Genius Character Reveals: Jay Cavendish In this series we look at scenes and moments where a film or TV show has revealed a great deal of character information in a compressed period of screen time. It seems improbable: a Western from a Scottish writer-director, produced and shot in the UK and

Read More »
character arcs
All Articles

10 Extreme Character Arcs in Film & TV

We all know that most good characters undergo some kind of change over the course of their story. Whether it’s a change in perspective, circumstance or goal, WE as the audience feel closer to the character, having witnessed their growth.  But when audience members learn to expect character growth, it

Read More »
Slings and Arrows, Geoffrey Tennant, Genius Character Reveals, Character Intro, Hamlet
All Articles

GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS: Geoffrey Tennant

Genius Character Reveals Welcome to the first of our new series: GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS. In this series we’ll look at scenes and moments where the film or TV screenwriter/director has revealed a great deal of character information in a compressed amount of screen time. As a courtly bow in the

Read More »
scope, stakes, scale, 10 Cloverfield Lane
All Articles

OPINION: Scope, Scale and Stakes

** SPOILER ALERT: this article reveals key plot points from 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE ** Scoped Out 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE is an object lesson in the canny use of scale and stakes. It’s also a brilliant example of the use of scope, one of the most effective – but often neglected

Read More »
The Insider Interviews by Industrial Scripts
British Film

The Insider Interviews: Celine Haddad

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, the Oscar-nominated writer of DRIVE and THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY. You can watch these here. The Insider Interviews now exist as live monthly events in

Read More »
Empire Magazine Articles For Screenwriters
All Articles

10 Great 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 and news. Here at Industrial Scripts we’ve trawled through the impressive back-catalogue of Empire Magazine Articles to bring you ten

Read More »
Tone
All Articles

OPINION: The Riddle of Tone

Understanding The Riddle of Tone The release of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is an appropriate moment to talk about tone, one of the least understood tools in the screenwriter’s toolbox. In the broadest sense, tone can be classified as comic, dramatic or tragic, but even within these “master”

Read More »
V for Vendetta
All Articles

Unheralded Scene: V FOR VENDETTA (2006)

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 a classic movie, which has been crowded out by other, more “showy” scenes and set-pieces. It might be a deleted

Read More »
The Insider Interviews - Caroline Harvey
All Articles

The Insider Interviews – Caroline Harvey

THE INSIDER INTERVIEWS: CAROLINE HARVEY 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 FACES OF JANUARY. You can watch these here. The Insider Interviews now exist as live monthly events in

Read More »

DOWNLOAD ALL OUR FREE RESOURCES!

Exclusive eBooks on complex areas of screenwriting, free produced screenplays, inspirational materials and more…download ALL our free resources at the link below!

Do your scripts Harness the Power of Myth...while Avoiding Cliché?

Download Our Free 40pg eBook