How to Write a Screenplay: Structuring with Sequences

The Sequence Method originated from the era when multiple film reels made up a single movie. In order to keep the audience from getting up and leaving while the next reel was set up, filmmakers and screenwriters wrote in cliffhangers at the end of each reel. It exists as an alternative (or supplement!) to the basic three act structure.

How to Make a Found Footage Concept Work

Want to know how to develop a great concept for your found footage flick? Look no further!

How to Write a Screenplay: Formatting Guide

This article is the ultimate guide about how to format a screenplay! Everything from fade ins, fade outs, sluglines, and more is covered here!

Technique of the Week: Character Archetypes and How to Use Them

By using character archetypes as a guide, you can create unforgettable characters for your screenplay. This article goes over the basic archetypes and how to build off of them.

Productivity Tip: Get Competitive!

Hey screenwriters!
Today’s writing tip is all about using a little bit of a competitive spirit to help you reach your daily word count or page count goals.

Not everyone works well in writing partnerships, but that doesn’t mean you can’t work with other writers in order to inspire and motivate each other.

What is “Postmodernism” In Film and Television?

“Postmodernism” is probably the most abused term in the discussion of film and television. Learn what postmodernism means to you as a screenwriter!

Technique of the Week: Scenes of Preparation and Aftermath

Scenes of preparation and aftermath heighten suspense and infuse emotion into films, and it’s too easy to forget about them and instead opt for jumping around to the next set piece.

Scenes of preparation are notorious in heist and con artist films. The first half of Ocean’s Eleven is just a preparation for the heist. Scenes of preparation are also where the coach makes the big speech before a big game.

Scenes of aftermath show the consequences of a battle, or the result of a bad date. Scenes of aftermath show a defeated hero, or an elated team, or the consequences of a crime. Scenes of aftermath is where the hero tells a sidekick that this could be the start of a very beautiful friendship as they walk into the fog.

Technique of the Week: Direct Your Reader’s Eyes

As writers, we need to learn how to not only control the pace of the plot, but also the pace at which the readers read. This article discusses the difference between the two, and how you can direct your reader’s eyes to where you want them.

Technique of the Week: Saving the Cat

Today we’re taking a look at Blake Snyder’s infamous piece of advice for making your protagonist likable: save the cat, from his book by the same name. This is one of my favorite books on screenwriting, and this is one technique in particular that stands out.

Genre Studies: 4 Tips for Writing a Found Footage Film

The market for found footage films is an unsteady one at best. Just when you think the fad has gone out of style, promising specs sales such as Glimmer (a found footage time travel script by writer Carter Blanchard) and The Dyatlov Pass Incident by Vikram Weet take on the genre from another angle and prove that not every found footage film on the production slate has to be Paranormal Activity 12.

Because found footage films are cheap to produce, there will always be a demand for found footage scripts that are well-written and approach the genre in a new way.