How The Good Guy Defeats The Bad Guy


The dance between the good and bad guys (or gals)Β  is becoming more intricate in cinema. The morality lines more skewed. Are the good guys exclusively good and the bad guys pure evil? Not anymore. However the predominantly bad guy (villain) doesn’t normally win in movies. Chris Soth considers what end should our villain/antagonist/bad guy…

The Character Entrance


Chris Soth discusses the importance of how a main character is introduced to the audience. The first things a main character does, and says DEFINES THEM. So, give your protagonist a character-defining “entrance” that sets up how they will function in your story. Make their first line of dialogue immortal if you can…or at least…

Five Myths Of Screenwriting Contests


I recently heard an informative seminar from Chris Soth and Jim Cirile who runs the Writers On The Storm screenwriting contest. A key feature of this contest is that is provides critical and constructive feedback in scripts. This serves as an acknowledgement of the writers’ work, since many contests don’t bother to notify entrants of…

Killer Comedy Concepts


Killer clowns Steve Kaplan and Chris Soth have proven that comedy is no laughing matter. There are certain premises which lend themselves more to comedy than others and it’s serious business. Write a one sentence logline to describe the essence of your comedic premise according the following structure: The hero, a verb describing the conflict,…

The Mini Movie Method


I never tire of hearing the Hollywood screenwriting gurus speak. They all have their individual take on storytelling and they all make good writing and storytelling sense. Le raconteur du jour is Chris Soth who teaches his mini-movie method. Most screenwriters are taught the conventional three act structure in terms of storytelling. Very briefly, the…