There’s a digital filmmaking revolution happening. Just not where you might think.
Early in December I attended a preview screening of The Last Samurai. As press, I get inside screenings before the rest of crowd. After I had sat down in the empty theater, I noticed that two security … MoreRead more
When you watch a great movie, read a really good book, or are in some way exposed to a nice piece of storytelling, you may have often had a sense of shifting layers of meaning underneath the surface scenes and characters. Indeed, there are entire disciplines devoted to ferreting out … MoreRead more
Beginning screenwriters truly seem to have trouble understanding that conflict is essential to drama. While they are usually aware of the necessity of an antagonist, what they typically forget is that conflict should be everywhere in a story, and not solely originate from the bad guy and his minions. This … MoreRead more
Following is a linked list of recommended screenplays; scripts I reference in the tutorial are marked with an asterisk (*). Whenever possible, I have found these works in PDF format, as correct page count is an essential measure of structure, thus important to an understanding of screenplay format. For this … MoreRead more
THE ART OF DRAMATIC WRITING: Lajos Egri’s book is one of the essential, foundational books
Screenplay style is a little-understood, seldom discussed topic. Possibly this is due to the fact that screenplay writing is often dismissed as not having literary merit, and thus stylistic considerations are seen as unimportant. Yet this is clearly untrue, as script style is inexorably bound with script format, and thus … MoreRead more
If you’ve ever wanted to write a screenplay, it might seem at first to be either a completely daunting task, given the complexities of story and character, or it might seem like a snap, especially when looking at many of the poorly-written films that are produced every year. It’s neither … MoreRead more