Writer-director Cameron Chapman explains how writing a screenplay to direct yourself requires an extra set of considerations compared to a spec script to sell to a producer.
Great screenplay writing has strongly defined characters that attract financiers, studios, actors, and directors. Wendy Kram gives advice on creating memorable characters.
What is the Stowe Story Labs? Shoshana Rosenbaum describes her firsthand experience, answering Is it a worthwhile experience for screenwriters and filmmakers?
Claudia Johnson and Matt Stevens share ten ways to make writing partnerships work and ten ways to make them fail.
Some filmmakers have developed a team-oriented approach to creating films. While these teams have different structures and focal points, they share one thing: They're groups of creative people working together to make new work. And they're called collectives.
Paul Peditto discusses methods of deepening characters and character arcs.
Doug Richardson explains the complexities, and sometimes harsh realities, of writing female characters for Hollywood.
Tim Long explores the narrative significance of an opening scene, sharing clips from films to demonstrate the power of a great start to a story.
Brett Wean explains how the mistakes a character makes can help define him and clear a path to his becoming a hero.
If your reader doesn't beg to turn the page, your story's pace is off. Doug Richardson discusses cutting scenes to get the pace just right.