How I Got My Script Reader To Say Yes


Script readers are the initial gatekeepers of screenplays. So it’s important for screenwriters to know how to treat them. Screenplay readers are jaded and overworked due to the overabundance of mediocre, derivate and reductive material. Make sure you impress them in the following ways to enhance your chances of your material being referred to the decision makers:…

Now You Can Write A Frightening Horror Film With This Amazing Template


Horror is a ubiquitous film genre which preys on our primal fears. Some believe that horror has its origins in religious scriptures. These include cautionary tales which result in dire consequences by submitting to the devil. The devil can be represented by a fear, monster, a villain or a curse. Screenwriters have often sought to…

Story Templates


According to Pilar Alessandra, most successful stories have for key building blocks. We generally call them plot points, act breaks or story beats. They tend to fall in these major categories. Act 1 Trauma – This sets the stage until the point where an event disrupts the character’s world forcing them to act. Act 2A…

The Essence Of Science Fiction Stories


Science fiction movies do well at the box office Science fiction is a genre that pushes the boundaries of the current laws of science. The are a hybrid of fantasy and what could happen. Science fiction relates to futuristic technologically advanced societies revolving around a central question of human potential; good or bad, Imagine if…?  Imagine if we were immortal,…

How Screenwriters Create Science Fiction Films


Love sci fi movies? Want to learn how to write a screenplay that makes you look like an expert scifi script writer? Then read on. What is sci fi? Sci-fi scripts rely heavily on building a non-existent but plausible world with technical gadgets or operations in the near future. Because the genre tests the limits of our…

Why Solid Loglines Are So Important


Script analyst, Erik Bork discusses the importance of well executed loglines. Loglines describe a movie (or series) idea in a quick sentence or two that provide enough of an idea of what it’s about to (hopefully) seem like a grabby, fresh and commercially viable concept. They present an emotionally compelling situation for characters one can…

Creating Empathy And Sympathy For Your Characters


Empathy and sympathy are related emotional concepts crucial to engaging screenwriting. They’re designed to create an emotional response in your audiences to make them care about the characters in your screenplay. Caring doesn’t always mean the audience wants the characters to achieve their goals, but rather the characters being interesting enough to engage with them. When screenwriters create an initial emotional bond,…

Types Of Character Flaws


Part of character development relates to addressing a “fatal flaw”. Here are some common flaws found in modern movies according to scriptshadow.net. Dealing with a character flaw through your story is called a transformation, change or an arc. It’s when your character starts in a negative place and finishes in a positive place. Character flaws…

Deep Structure Of Hollywood Movies


John Truby discusses various secrets of blockbuster movies. Writing for Hollywood requires more than a good premise and strong storytelling ability. If the buyers don’t think your script will appeal to a massive worldwide audience, they won’t buy it. DESIRE LINE One element essential to good storytelling is a strong desire line (goal). The main…

Why Writers Write Themselves Into A Hole


Daniel Manus, L.A based script consultant, shares his wisdom on why many writers run out of steam before the end of their scripts. SET UPS 60% of all plot holes and story issues exist because the writer has failed to set up something earlier on that would help explain an event. A set up doesn’t…

Writing A Kick Ass Action Blockbuster Movie


Are You A Screenwriter Looking For Action? Action is the most profitable genre for movies because it travels so well overseas. It isn’t as subject to cultural vagaries of other genres. It can be dictated by both exotic locales and high octane action which movie goers love. And so does the box office. Action movies…

Main Character Types In TV Procedurals


Jennifer Dornbush, author of “Forensic Speak”, has defined several key procedural character types. These are: 1) INVESTIGATOR PROTAGONIST – leads the investigation 2) CRIMINAL ANTAGONIST – perpetrator of the crime 3) SUSPECTS – at least one of which committed the crime There are typically three suspects in TV procedurals. The first two are red herrings…