Fact and Fiction: How to Handle THE TRUTH as a Screenwriter

The Crown Fact and Fiction

Oftentimes, a film based in reality will include a handful of fabricated details and interactions. Many people dedicate themselves to pointing out instances where true stories deviate from the truth. …

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Writing The Unlikeable Protagonist: How to Craft a Great Antihero

Walter White Creating Characters

The Role of the Unlikeable Protagonist ‘Unlikeable protagonist’ sounds like an oxymoron. However, they’re a common occurrence in all forms of storytelling. The antihero protagonist is an increasingly prominent presence …

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Writing Stage Directions in a Screenplay: The ULTIMATE Lowdown

Crafting good quality stage directions can often be one of the trickiest parts of writing a screenplay. The directions need to be clear and concise but also need to engage …

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The Insider Interviews – Steve Matthews (HBO Europe)

Steve Matthews HBO

This latest iteration of our Insider Interviews Series is with Steve Matthews, currently VP Executive Producer for Drama Development at HBO Europe. Steve has had a wide-ranging career since getting started in …

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Political Thrillers vs Political Dramas: What Are the KEY Differences?

Bodyguard Political Thriller

While shows such as The Crown and House of Cards have been recent hits, political thrillers and political dramas have been around since the dawn of storytelling. After all, Shakespeare …

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Creating Characters That Leap Off The Page: What Are The 15 VITAL Steps?

Walter White Creating Characters

Creating Characters: A Daunting Process When writing a screenplay, the process of creating characters can be so arduous yet so enlightening, so varied yet at the same time so individually …

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10 Superb TV Pilot Examples and The Keys to Writing a Great TV Pilot

Marvelous Mrs Maisel TV Pilot

What Makes a Great TV Pilot? Understanding the importance, function and objective of a TV pilot are the first steps to writing a great one. The difference between a failed …

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Multi-Camera Scripts: How Do They Differ From Other Scripts in Content and Style?

Friends Multi-Camera Script

The Multi-Camera Sitcom Since coming to the fore in the 1960s, the multi-camera situational comedy, or sitcom, has proven itself a genre that has been able to continually reinvent itself, …

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Barry Berkman – ORIGINAL CHARACTERS Series: Part 6

Barry Berkman Original Character

Welcome to Original Characters, an ongoing series of Industrial Scripts’ articles examining the most original characters to appear in both TV and film. This article will focus on Barry Berkman from Barry. What is an …

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Mockumentary Scripts: The Keys to Writing a Great Mockumentary

The Office Mockumentary Script

A mockumentary is a satirical film or television show that combines documentary-style filmmaking with fictional subject matter. But although mockumentaries feature fictional events, they differ greatly from traditional narratives. And this …

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ORIGINAL CHARACTERS Series: Part Five – Walter White

Breaking Bad Pilot - Walter White - Original Character

Welcome to Original Characters, an ongoing series of Industrial Scripts articles examining the most original characters to appear in both TV and film. This article will focus on Walter White from Breaking Bad. What is …

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Shonda Rhimes Masterclass Review: Is It Worth It?

Shonda Rhimes Masterclass Review

Our scores in this in-depth Shonda Rhimes MasterClass review: Lessons – 7/10 Workbook – 9/10 Community -7/10 Value – 8/10 Overall Verdict – Thumbs Up! Pros of the Shonda Rhimes …

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ORIGINAL CHARACTERS Series: Part 4 – Cersei Lannister

Welcome to Original Characters, an ongoing series of Industrial Scripts articles examining the most original characters to appear in both TV and film. This article will focus on Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones. What …

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How Do You Write a Cliffhanger? The 8 Steps to REALLY Hooking An Audience

Infinity War - Cliffhanger

This article will explore the cliffhanger, as a screenwriting mechanism, and how best to deploy it in your screenplay. We’ll examine the following: What is a Cliffhanger? What Effect Does …

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ORIGINAL CHARACTERS Series: Part 3 – Villanelle

Villanelle Original Character

Welcome to Original Characters, an ongoing series of Industrial Scripts articles examining the most original characters to appear in both TV and film. This article will focus on Villanelle from Killing …

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15 Brilliant Montage Examples for Screenwriters and Filmmakers

Requiem for a Dream Montage Example

The montage is an ever present part of modern screenwriting. Filmmakers and screenwriters frequently use this technique, regardless of genre. But what are the best montage examples and what do they teach …

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The 6 Key Steps to Writing the BEST Script Outline Possible

Script Outline - Planning

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 Thrilling Heist Movie (or TV series): The 10 Perfect Steps

Heist Movie - Money Heist

How to Write a Heist Movie (or TV series): The ULTIMATE 10 Steps   A band of misfits. A slick elite group. “Getting away clean”. Whatever the stakes. A heist …

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How to Expertly Create High Stakes in Your Screenplays

Casino Royale High Stakes

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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15 Inspiring Rachel Bloom Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers

Rachel Bloom Quotes

15 Rachel Bloom Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers Rachel Bloom cuts a unique figure in the modern TV landscape. She began her career writing and starring in her own comedy …

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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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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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15 Phoebe Waller-Bridge Quotes Writers and Filmmakers Can Learn From

15 Phoebe Waller-Bridge Quotes Writers & Filmmakers Can Learn From Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s career is an inspiring tale of talent, perseverance and ultimate success. Starting her career primarily as an actor, …

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Writing the Perfect Controlling Idea for Film and TV: The ULTIMATE Guide

Controlling Idea Lightbulb

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

Daenerys Season Eight

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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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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ORIGINAL CHARACTERS Series: Part 2 – Omar Little

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 …

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ORIGINAL CHARACTERS Series: Part 1 – Tony Soprano

Original Characters - 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 …

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The Insider Interviews – Kitty Kaletsky

Kitty Kaletsky Industrial Scripts Insider Interviews

This month’s featured industry guest at The Insider Interviews is Kitty Kaletsky of Black Bear Pictures. The Insider Interviews series started in 2010 as a set of recorded interviews, featuring …

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