Screenplay Genre

Knowing your screenplay genre is critical to not only the storytelling but also the marketability of your screenplay. Identifying a story genre you want to write helps a writer brand and market themselves for a successful writing career. Horror, romantic comedy, drama, sci fi, comedy, buddy films and more. Identifying genres to write is the first step in choosing a project’s path.

Writing the Documentary

There are no set rules for writing the documentary film. However, you do need to make clear choices in order to convey your subject matter. You can choose to follow the traditional 3-act structure or a nontraditional narrative format. Or you can choose to present your ideas subjectively or objectively. You...

History In Action: Writing the Period Piece Script

Jon James Miller is a screenwriter, novelist and frequent online presenter. His first novel, a historical fiction based on an original screenplay, will be published Spring 2015. For more information, go to: www.jonjamesmiller.com Follow Jon on Twitter @jonjimmiller. Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Writing the historical,...

Writing a Documentary Film

Writing a Documentary Film With No Rules

By Susan Kouguell Writing a documentary… Want to learn how? Register for Susan’s upcoming Screenwriters University class, starting August 28, 2014. There is no “right or wrong” way  when it comes to writing a documentary film. Sounds easy then, right? Well–wrong! While there are no set screenwriting rules for writing a...

Meet the Reader: ‘Bio Tricks’ for Writing Biopics

I’m reading for a screenwriting competition right now, which means I’m reading a lot of biopics – screenplays that tell the life stories of famous or significant people. Up-and-coming screenwriters love to pen biopics. It’s not hard to understand why – at first glance, the experiences of important or glamorous folks...

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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...

SUBMISSIONS INSANITY: How To Write Creature Features

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! So I watched GODZILLA this week, but don’t worry, there’s no spoilers here because you know the story already: there’s some characters. Something happens and a monster comes, OMG what do they do now? Run. Scream. Hide. Then FIIIIIIGHT! And then...

How to Structure a Feature Comedy Film That Sells

Comedy and the Kitchen Sink: The Art of Writing Comedy

By Jonathan Kesselman A few months back I had a conversation with an actor about a film we had done together. He brought up the fact that there were certain kinds of jokes in my writing that he personally liked much less than others. Specifically, he argued that whenever my comedy strayed...