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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 Dialogue: Beats of the Dead Horse

Get Jim Mercurio’s webinar on Advanced Scene Writing: Breaking the Rules with Style on demand. When I dove into a theoretical approach to teaching and writing dialogue, I was pleasantly surprised that although writing dialogue seems in some ways contrary to structure, the way to improve it is often through the...

Creating Compelling Emotional Conflict

I have been teaching screenwriting for a good while now and the greatest lesson I can share with others is how to create a conflict for your protagonist that will move an audience emotionally. This is essentially the difference between a great screenplay and a mediocre one. And it pertains to...

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...