10 Types Of Villains To Turn Up The Badass Factor In Your Screenwriting


Here at Gideon’s screenwriting tips, I’m always looking for inventive ways for screenwriters to create different classes of villains. Are they merely the bad guys (or gals) or antagonists? While villains are generally involved with negative behavior, this isn’t always true. They are however, directly responsible for obstructing the main character’s goal. Sometimes their causes…

Are Your Characters Sleep Deprived?


The characters in your screenwriting become a whole lot more interesting when they’re placed in physical and emotional stress. One easy way to do this is to think about how they might act if they haven’t had enough sleep. This could range from a sleepless night when the dog was barking all night to a…

8 Types Of Speech Impediment To Give Your Dialogue An Edge


Screenwriters are always looking for inventive ways to spice up the dialogue in their screenplays. One way to elevate your screenwriting is by giving your characters a speech impediment. They can really add distinctive features to your scripts and stop all the characters sounding the same. Speech impediments should enhance your characters rather than just…

Can Creativity Really Be Enhanced?


With all the lotions and potions available on the internet to enhance one thing or another, can you find one that enhances creativity, makes screenwriters write better, or even cure writers’ block. Well… no. But there is a science to creativity. It doesn’t just happen. You can train it and make put it to work. That’s kinda…

Smart Dumb Comedy – It’s A Thing!


What the heck is this sub-genre of comedy films that are cropping up on our screens? Well, filmmakers aren’t being rude. They just want audiences to know that screenwriters toiled over their keyboards to write “dumb” gags. They are purposefully farcical and deserve more respect than dumb comedies which are poorly developed and badly written….

Are Story & Plot The Same Thing?


No sir. For starters one begins with an ‘s’ and the other with a ‘p’. Story has five letters and plot has four. Enough frivolities. Your screenplay is a delicate, finely-tuned literary instrument. Screenwriters must be well aware of these two terms to ensure the integrity of their screenwriting. Although both terms are inextricably linked,…

We Don’t Need Another Hero (Or Do We?)


The main character in screenwriting is often referred to as the hero. They differ from the main characters or protagonist in a film, because they must display great strength and courage to battle intense danger. They are more than fighters who battle the bad guys. They are selfless warriors who play the long game. Traditional Heroes…

13 Types Of Screenplay Endings


The first and last pages of your screenplay should arguably be the most memorable. They represent the first taste of your film which draws the reader and in, and the final impression. Here are some different types of endings you may consider: BOOK END ENDING This is an unusual type of ending where the final scene…

5 Crowdfunding Film Tips for Screenwriters


The traditional goal for a screenwriter was to get your screenplay optioned or sold. Then it was updated to becoming a produced screenwriter. Even more recently, the mantra is that screenwriters should produce their own films. That’s it, folks. We are now bona fide film producers. We must learn how to fund a film. Raising funds…

How To Plan A Live Read Of Your Screenplay In A Few Simple Steps


You’ve finished your screenplay and you’re ready to organize a table read. Good for you. You’re taking your screenwriting to the next level. What do you need to do to organize a live table read? FIND A SPACE Don’t do this in a public space like a cafe or a train station. Find a quiet…

Do You Have The Personality To Be A Screenwriter?


Do screenwriters have a personality? Are there Type A or Type B writers? Screenwriting career coach, Lee Jessup thinks so. That’s how I came to think about the common traits of successful screenwriters. After all, in today’s industry where the feature film spec market is challenged and the television space is ultra competitive, there is…