story

Hero

Must Your Hero Have A Story-Level Goal?

Ivo Raza is an independent filmmaker. His award-winning films have played at dozens of festivals. Visit his website for more information. If you’re like most screenwriters, you’ve probably read a handful of books on the topic (if not a box-full). And you might have noticed that most preach a variation of...

Column D – Story Receptors

In case you missed it, The Hollywood Reporter published an article recently (two actually) bemoaning the dismal summer box office numbers this year. So far, reports are that movie revenue is down twenty percent, and if the trend continues, the full year will come in at four or five percent below...

worried cat

The Wide Margin: Tell the Cat to Beat It!

Writers today are obsessed with structure.  I’m not talking about the traditional beginning-middle-end style structure.  I’m talking about the micromanagement of page counts as typified by anal retentive “techniques” like “saving the cat.”  I’m pretty sure Paddy Chayefsky never thought in terms of a beat sheet, assigning plot points to script...