Professional screenwriters answer the question, "What’s the easiest thing for screenwriters to do wrong, and how can they avoid doing it?"
When creating dynamic characters, try writing from the inside out: A character’s three fundamental dimensions (physiology, sociology and psychology) on the page are necessary for an actor to then create a textured performance on the screen.
Columnist Robert Piluso helps writers avoid using common stereotypes when penning strong female protagonists.
Robert Piluso explains how ethnicity and gender should be regarded as vitally important, formative factors in character design and in writing character descriptions.
Robert Piluso discusses the intricacies of writing dream scenes. Are they needed? Do they elevate a story or detract from it?
One is the loneliest number, but two makes for a story! Put one thing next to a contrasting thing, and tell a tale. Juxtaposition: Meaningful placement of one element in close proximity to another element, and it is an essential aspect of successful, effective screenwriting that ranges from plot to characters to setting. The...
Push and pull—strength and submission—who has “the power” when your story begins? It shouldn’t be your protagonist! At least, not for long… Often a story begins with the protagonist falling or having already fallen victim to Powers Beyond His or Her Control (call it Fate, if you will). In fact, stories can only begin...
It doesn’t matter if you’ve written one script, half a script, or one hundred scripts: writing Act II is tough. It’s a slog. It’s a job. It’s a challenge, to prevent that notorious “Act II sag”—to generate enough obstacles, reversals, sub-plots, character development, sharp dialogue, and the like, to carry the story through from...
Scorsese’s Hugo (based on the book by Brian Selznick) joins the ranks of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables and Voltaire’s Candide, other stories with Deist messages, as a profound piece of film literature about our un-accidental places in this world.
Before you take that spark and start writing the script, before you choose a main character, before you even start story outlining, take the time to research your story’s dramatic environment -- called “world-of-story."