Does your story deliver? Barri Evins’ pointers on how to ensure you don’t disappoint your reader or your audience by fulfilling the promise of your story.
Screenplays that rise to the top do so because they’re different. They typically break the traditional “laws” of scriptwriting and get noticed in a way that earns them recognition, awards and on many occasions – production and commercial success.
A common gripe among a lot of actresses is that they don’t find many strong female roles in the scripts they’re given, and so sometimes they seek out roles written for men. Cameron Chapman gives tips on writing compelling female characters.
One of the biggest challenges in screenwriting is revealing character to the audience. Drew Yanno explains portraying character smartly goes a long way toward the audience identifying with and/or understanding a particular character in the story.
Tim Long discusses the importance of executing your story on the page.
In the past decade or so, movies have become enamored of backstory. Ray Morton explains the art of revealing backstory without excessive prologues or flashbacks.
The essential facts of 'The King's Speech' are well-documented and the details are meticulously researched. It’s also an extremely personal project for screenwriter David Seidler, who conceived and wrote the movie.
With apologies to the Indo-European romance linguists amongst us, many of the scripts that cross Stewart Farquhar's desk suffer from Antagonista Incognita.
Ray Morton explains how for a screenplay to be successful, it must be a movie – the material in the script and the manner in which it is presented must be such that it is plausible that a motion picture could be made from it. You’d be surprised at how many spec scripts out...
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.