character or structure

There seems to be a big divide in the screenwriting community between those who write from character and those who write from plot. Between big budget action-types, say, and little chamber piece artistes that revel in human nature. Between wham-bam thank-you-mam 3 act, hero journey kind of guys, and those who allow their characters to…Continue Reading “Character and structure (part 1)”

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As I’ve started to burrow my way into the industry, I’ve found that I’ve been spending less time writing screenplays and more time writing treatments/sell-sheets/one-pagers/proposals/series bibles. Usually, these are different labels for a very similar sort of thing. Although the different names do sort of suggest a different sort of flavour of what this sort of thing (a bible is probably…Continue Reading “Writing Treatments”

This week in my downtime I’ve been mainlining the Scriptnotes Podcast by A-list Hollywood screenwriters John August (Go, Big Fish) and Craig Mazin (Hangovers parts two and three, Identity Thief). I’ve spent a couple of months away for one reason or another, but am now back and am running through the episodes. Caveat emptor, Scriptnotes…Continue Reading “Scriptnotes, a great podcast for screenwriters and those interested in screenwriting”

How to outline your screenplay.

So. You’ve got your inspiration, your premise, all your characters sorted. Surely now, you can jump into writing the actual damn screenplay? As Shia LaBeouf would say: “No, no, no, no, NO!” Now is the time to outline. Nothing has improved the speed and quality of my writing than learning the importance of creating an…Continue Reading “The Screenwriting Process – Step 4. Outline”

Developing characters for your screenplay.

Some people might think that the natural next step after nailing your premise is to put together a plot. And that’s a legitimate way to go. But I find that I’m creating more organic and meaningful plots when I’ve done some work on the characters who will people the narrative beforehand. Why? Because that way…Continue Reading “The Screenwriting Process – Step 3. Characters”