Building Your Brand As A Screenwriter


Your brand is a term used to categorise your identity as a screenwriter. How you are perceived by your audience. Your essence of the type of material that you write. It is a declaration of your authentic self. This is related to your writing voice. Early on in your career you can straddle difference genres and…

How To Determine WGA Screenwriting Credits


Are you a screenwriter unsure how the WGA screenwriting credit system works? Screenwriting credits for theatrical motion pictures are designed by the WGA to give screenwriters due credit for their work. It may sound simple, but a lot of time (and often argument) goes into completing the term “written by”. Writing credits, in the presence of…

Why Do Some Screenplays End Up On The Pass Pile?


Why Isn’t Your Screenplay In The Recommend Stack? 1) THE STORY IS TOO WORTHY Just because you’re covering sensitive, timely, important material, you still need to worry about  the dramatic elements of your script. Audiences don’t like being preached to. Let them discover the message on their own. 2) PASSIVE PROTAGONIST The main character just hangs…

The Types Of Fear In Horror Films


Fear is a negative emotional response precipitated by an actual or perceived danger.  It often manifests as anxiety or an  increased awareness of harm. It is an primal survival mechanism designed to remove us from an imminent threat.  On a deeper level, it helps us tackle the negative situations we experience in life. It is…

Creating A Powerful Hero


According to The Scriptlab, the most important character in your screenplay is your protagonist: your hero. Without them, there is no story. Good stories are about character growth and change. 1) CREATE AN INTERESTING PROTAGONIST YOUR AUDIENCE WILL HOPE AND FEAR FOR When creating your hero, audience connection is key. Your hero needs to be…

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,…

The Role Of Orphans In Screenplays


The role of orphans has played a unique role in screenwriting. Orphans symbolize more than parentless children. They represent vulnerability, fear and strength because they are forced to make tough decisions regarding their futures. Good screenwriters understand this. Orphans are warriors, battlers and ultimately heroes. These are powerful human characters that resonate with film audiences….

How To Handle Criticism Of Your Work


Everyone has an opinion in the film world. Everyone’s a critic. Sometimes they have a point, sometimes they don’t. Often times the issue that people have with your script is not the real issue. Dig deep. Find out what people are really reacting to. It may not even be an issue with your script. Don’t…

The Importance Of Symbols In Stories


John Fraim discusses the role of symbology in storytelling. The simple definition of a symbol is something that represents something else by association, resemblance, or convention, especially a material object used to represent something invisible. For example, a lion is a symbol for courage, and a flag a symbol of patriotism. Then there’s color symbology….

How Should Your Story End?


Barri Evans discusses the importance of an appropriately crafted ending to your story. The last scene of a movie should stay in your mind. The final moment, the final exchange, should be thought of as the last note of a song. Some of the great scripts/movies actually build to a final scene that takes your…