Author Archives: Steve Kaire

Steve Kaire

About Steve Kaire

STEVE KAIRE is a Screenwriter/Pitchman who’s sold 8 projects to the major studios without representation. The last project he sold, he’s Co-Producing for Walden Media. A screenwriter for over 30 years, he holds a Masters in Dramatic Writing and has taught writing classes at the American Film Institute. Steve was featured on the Tonight Show’s, “Pitching to America” and was voted a Star Speaker at Screenwriters Expo three years in a row. His top rated CD, High Concept - How to Create, Pitch & Sell to Hollywood is a best seller. His website is: HighConceptScreenwriting.com

Unintended Consequences

Writer’s Edge: Brainstorming Technique – Unintended Consequences

This brainstorming technique is most often found in the science fiction or adventure genre. It consists of a set up, then something goes terribly wrong and the characters have to deal with the resulting unintended consequences and aftermath. In the film The Fly, Jeff Goldblum is a scientist doing mutation experiments on himself. During...

Multiple Themes in The Wild Bunch

Writer’s Edge: Multiple Themes

One of my favorite films of all time is the acclaimed masterpiece The Wild Bunch by director, Sam Peckinpah. It’s affectionately been described as “aging outlaws running out of banks to rob and badlands to ride.” It sports a veteran cast starring William Holden, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’brien and Ernest Borgnine. The dialogue is...

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Writer’s Edge: Obsession as Motivation

Obsession is one of the strongest motivators in human interaction. It compels a character to forge ahead regardless of the consequences usually in a blind reckless manner that often results in the characters demise. There are parallels to the following two films regarding the same obsession. In “Moby Dick,” Captain Ahab has lost his...

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Writer’s Edge: The Backstory

The term, backstory means information about the main character’s background that happened before the opening credits have rolled onto the screen. The trend these days is to present as much information about the protagonist of your story quickly and within the first ten pages of your script. No longer do you spend twenty pages...

Brainstorming Technique

Writer’s Edge: Brainstorming Technique – Stumble Into

Stumble into is a brainstorming technique that has a man or woman accidentally falling into a dangerous, unplanned situation in the normal course of their day. It was a favorite technique frequently used by director Alfred Hitchcock. In the Hitchcock film, Rear Window, Jimmy Stuart plays a man who’s confined to a wheel chair....

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Writer’s Edge: New Structure For Sitcoms

In the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s, the structure for sitcoms was one single plot line from the beginning to the end of the episode. An example would be a wife tries to keep the dent she put in the fender of the family car, a secret from her husband. Starting in the 1990’s, sitcom...

Horror Movies Sell

Writer’s Edge: Why Horror Movies Sell

The horror genre has been with us since the advent of silent films. There seems to be a strong, unexplainable and innate reason people want to be frightened. The reasons why horror films are so popular and successful at the box office are many. From the strictly budgetary point of view, horror movies are...

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Writer’s Edge: Brainstorming Techniques – Fish Out of Water

The “Fish Out of Water” brainstorming technique has long been a staple in literature as well as in the movies. Taking someone out of their normal element and placing them in a completely foreign environment makes for obvious laughs, adventure and conflict. Watching characters stumble and fall but who ultimately are forced to adapt...