Author Archives: Karl Iglesias

Karl Iglesias

About Karl Iglesias

Karl Iglesias is an MFA screenwriter and sought after script doctor and consultant, specializing in the reader’s emotional response to the written page.  He is the author of Writing For Emotional Impact: Advanced Dramatic Techniques to Attract, Engage, and Fascinate the Reader From Beginning to End, The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters, and a contributor to Now Write! Screenwriting.

The Secret to Pixar’s Emotional Core

By Karl Iglesias Toy Story, the world’s first computer-animated feature, to this year’s Monsters University, Pixar’s fourteen films have earned an astounding $7.7 billion worldwide, picked up 27 Academy Awards, including seven for Best Animated Feature.  With this phenomenal amount of box-office and critical success, no one can deny they’re doing...

On the Architecture of Dialogue

Ernest Hemingway once said that great stories are “architecture, not interior design.” I love this analogy and use it often with students and consulting clients whenever I come across any piece of writing that doesn’t arouse the core storytelling emotions, like anticipation, surprise, tension, curiosity, and even humor. These are the...

Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters: Be Collaborative

Your mind is like a parachute. It only works when it’s open. —ANONYMOUS In no other form of writing is collaboration as important as in screen- writing. It’s so engrained in the way scripts become movies that without this attitude, no screenwriter, unless he’s a genius, can become successful. Once you...

Habits of Successful Screenwriters: Be Creative and Original

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. — Marcel Proust Creativity is an essential skill for the professional writer, especially in screenwriting. Too many aspiring writers don’t understand its importance. Ideas are king in Hollywood. Anyone who has read hundreds of scripts...