Screenwriter Robert Piluso explains why giving your script a "Hollywood ending" isn't necessarily a bad thing.
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...
Robert Piluso takes you on a journey of understanding fate and your protagonist. Act I starts the quest.
Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! 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...
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.