10 Ways To Define Your Characters By Their Speech Patterns


Screenwriters often define their characters in two key ways; via their dramatic function such as protagonist or antagonist. and by their personality traits such as kindness, selfishness or generosity. However, we can also enhance our screenwriting by paying attention to character speech patterns. This is not just their dialog (actual words spoken), but more the way…

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…

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…

8 Types Of Scripts Every Self Respecting Screenwriter Needs To Know


Screenwriters are told to have two key types of screenplays in their arsenal. Spec scripts and original screenplays. Hands up if you know the difference between the two. For those of you who didn’t raise their hands, here are the answers: 1) ORIGINAL SCRIPT I’m sure you can guess what this means. Any screenplay that…

Why Do Flawed Characters Self Sabotage?


It is a screenwriter’s duty to explore the characters in their screenplays in depth. Especially if they’re flawed, because they make more interesting characters with potentially stronger character arcs. Character flaws are limitations or imperfections that prevent characters from achieving their story goals. A character becoming aware of their flaws forms the basis of their…

When Is It Time To Take A Script Meeting?


You’ve written a script and you’ve been invited to meeting. Well done. You have something the industry is interested in. Here’s a self checklist you should consider before and during your writing so you can better defend your screenplay when discussing your screenplay. DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY? Before you submit your script to anyone,…

How To Craft Impactful Stories For Successful Screenplays


Humanity has enjoyed storytelling  since time began. It is the most powerful and enduring cultural tool. Stories not only inform and entertain us, they also allow us to process our deepest thoughts and emotions. If you want to learn how to write a movie script, every screenwriter needs to understand not only the structure, but the…

4 Types Of Film Narrator To Get Your Screenplay Rocking


Narration in movies has a different function to voice over. The latter is a voice rather than character dialogue with a direct message to the audience. The narrator has a more nuanced role in movies and can be first second or third person.