8 Tips To Make Your Thriller Screenplays More Thrilling


Thriller movies are a staple of our cinema screens. Let’s explore the most significant ways to write a screenplay in this exciting and popular genre. 1) CAPTIVATION Most thriller movie scripts begin with a mystery that unravels throughout the course of the story. It could be a crime, a clue, an enigma a secret or…

7 Types Of Pivot Movie Characters


Few main characters can sustain an audience for the full length of a screenplay. Okay, Tom Hanks in Castaway is an exception. Generally speaking, the main characters in your film need other characters around them to help them achieve (or not achieve) their goal. Bring the PIVOT CHARACTERS to the mix. They are often referred…

Visualize Your Scene Description To Hook Your Screenplay Reader


The scene descriptions in your screenwriting have a tricky, sometimes tumultuous, relationship with script readers. How so, you ask? Some script readers scan through screenplay scene description to speed up their reading process. I’ve spoken to studio level readers who read scene titles and dialogue. This approach tells them the story and gives them an…

9 Ways To Write Toxic Characters In Your Screenplay


I’ve previously written about various extreme characters you can include in your screenplay to create some really interesting stories. These range from simple liars, to the delusional, to the dark villains. Extreme characters make for highly engaging films, especially in the horror, drama and thriller genres. You can really put your psychology to work in…

Is Your Moral Compass Pointing True North In Your Screenwriting?


Let’s get into some deep character work here to make your screenplays really stand out. Every screenwriter understands the concept of morality. It is an internal guidance systems that shapes your characters life direction. Everyone has an internal moral compass which drives their beliefs and actions. This helps screenwriters define their characters as either GOOD or BAD….

25 Ways To Raise The Stakes In Your Script Writing You Need To Know


The screenwriting journey for both your main characters and your audience should be filled with twists and turns; ups and downs. Screenwriters are taught to raise the stakes for their characters to create excitement, tension, intrigue and anxiety. This is more than simply putting multiple obstacles in the path of the main characters in your…

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…

12 Types Of Horror Films To Make You Sleep With The Lights On


It’s Halloween time; that spooky month. A time when screenwriters make audiences jump in fear or cover their eyes. Horror movies are a mainstay of our screens that never seem to fall out of favor. Here are some of the main types of horror movies: 1) Monster These include Godzilla, Cujo, Frankenstein and Black Sheep….

Writing A Monster That Will Make Your Horror Movie Totally Scary


What makes a good creature feature? Creature features are a common hallmark of horror films. Given the amount of such movies, you need to make yours stand out from the pack. A quick way to enhance your horror screenwriting is the think about what scares you? Is it blood, spiders, goo, sharp teeth? Your monster…

Wanna Write A Found Footage Film That Works?


I’ve written previously that low-budget filmmaking is an ideal entry point for screenwriters to break into the film industry. Found footage films have catapulted many newbie filmmakers into megastardom due to their ultra-low budgets and stellar profits. The Blair Witch Project has made over $140 million in theaters off a reported budget of $60k. That’s…