What is the “first act”? It’s often referred to as the setup. Set up of what? Paul Joseph Gulino examines the first act of '10 Cloverfield Lane.'
Did 'Spotlight' miss the mark? Paul Joseph Gulino explores the inner conflict and cast of characters of one of the 2016 Oscar-nominated films.
'Sicario' is a powerful cinematic experience from a visual and aural viewpoint, but some curious storytelling choices about the main character ultimately diminish its impact.
The storytellers of 'Inside Out' faced a unique story development problem inherent in the initial inspiration of a story in which the various emotions inside a human being are personified with animated characters: whose story is it?
Paul Joseph Gulino discusses three problems with the idea of the end of the second act always being a “low point.”
Paul Joseph Gulino explains the options a screenwriter has when developing a story that seems too slight for a feature film.
Paul Joseph Gulino examines 'Interstellar' to show how too much story and too little setup can leave the audience on the outside looking in.
Paul Gulino explores writing a great movie ending by analyzes ones that work and don't work, as well as offering tips to help you write a great one.
Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Loosely structured stories can be saved by the use of deadlines. In Draft Day (written by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph), Sonny Weaver (played by Kevin Costner), general manager of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, makes a risky deal and, against the advice of almost...
Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Backstory is not the same as story. In order to convey backstory — background information the viewer needs in order to understand, appreciate and become emotionally involved in onscreen action — a variety of exposition techniques are available to the screenwriter. In Blue Jasmine,...