Writing The Second Episode Of Your Original TV Series. No pressure.


TV pilots have a special place in the world of TV writing. They serve a very specific purpose. I’ve previously written about how to write a TV pilot that producers want to make. They must introduce the world of the TV series, the main characters, their dilemmas, the format, and some clue of the arc…

Why All The Characters On The Same Team Aren’t Always On The Same Team


The characters in your screenplay are the basis of your story. They are typically categorized as either protagonists and antagonists. One group of characters either helps the main character achieve their story goal, while the other other acts to obstruct them. The main characters have mentors, buddies and helpers to lead them to their final goal….

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….

Could The Locations In Your Screenplay Be Characters?


Good question. Screenwriters have typically thought of characters as human beings. After that, they can beasts such as King Kong and Godzilla, robots such as Chappie, I Robot and Ex Machina, or even aliens, such as err… Alien and Arrival. So far, so good. Your screenwriting survives. The characters in your screenplay are living beings of…

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…

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…

Raise The Stakes For The Characters In Your Film Script


What is the secret to writing a successful movie script? Is it the concept, the visuals or the characters. For me, it’s the characters because they will elevate everything else. How do you write engaging characters? Try escalating the stakes for your main character. Put them in jeopardy. Create more obstacles. More setbacks. A stake means…

5 Personality Traits To Create Intriguing Characters In Your Screenplay


Writing a screenplay is a tough disciple; especially when screenwriters are developing their characters. We observe people all the time so you’d think it would be relatively easy, right? Good guys do good things and the bad guys to bad things to stop them. This is true most of the time. Since movie characters are aggregates…

Is There Too Much Story In Your Screenplay?


Screenwriting plots, acts, scenes, subplots… Where does it all end for screenwriters? Let’s break it down. A screenplay consists of one main story with a distinct setup, middle and resolution. How do you know if there is too much or too little plot in your movie script? Keep your screenplay lean and clean SCREENPLAY PAGE COUNT…