brad johnson

The Shadow Archetype, Mal

Specs & The City: The Shadow Archetype and ‘Inception’

The second most important character in any story (and sometimes even THE most important) is the antagonist, or in terms of archetypes, the Shadow.  And while this character is often referred to as the villain, it’s important to remember that they aren’t necessarily a bad person. They’re simply the person, or...

The Annapolis Film Festival: New Festival on the Rise

The Maryland film community recently descended on the state capital for the Annapolis Film Festival (March 27-30), and I was lucky enough to receive a press pass for the event. At first, to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was going to bother going. It’s a relatively new, smaller festival,...

Specs & The City: Death Scenes and ‘Blade Runner’

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! The act of screenwriting is, at its most basic level, the act of giving life to the words and ideas inside the writer’s mind. By making the conscious choice to tell your story, you’re bringing something new into the world. To...

Specs & The City: Story Tone and ‘Batman’

Know what story you want to tell before you sit down to type FADE IN. It’s the best single piece of advice a writer can be given, but too many of us still don’t follow it. Now, I’m not talking about knowing your characters, or having a firm plot outline in...