story tone

Establishing Atmosphere with the Visual Mindscape

No, I haven’t disappeared. Due to time constraints I have decided to cut back to a monthly column rather than every two weeks. The two primary screenwriting devices that are most often ignored are narrative pacing, which I discussed in an earlier posting, and Atmosphere. Atmosphere is the visceral experience created...

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...