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5 Things That Need to Be in the First 10 Pages of Your Screenplay

The first 10 pages are probably some of the most important ones in your script, because, well, people don't usually read screenplays for the sheer thrill of it.

10 Scripts to Read Before You Die - ScreenCraft

Ten scripts every screenwriter — whether aspiring newbie or seasoned pro —should read.

How To Write An Awesome Movie, According To Some Of Hollywood's Best Writers

Hollywood pros like Paul Feig, Richard Linklater, and Diablo Cody give their best tips and insights for all you wannabe writers.

“Your Last Idea May Not Be Your Best” Natalie Krinsky on ‘The Broken Hearts Gallery’

“Your Last Idea May Not Be Your Best” Natalie Krinsky on 'The Broken Hearts Gallery'

Natalie Krinsky always knew she wanted to become a writer. In college, she started writing a column at the Yale Daily News. “It was a sex column, about dating and relationships in college,” confessed Krinsky. “It wasn’t about personal experience. It was more about what it was like to be figuring out your sexuality at nineteen …

8 Types Of Opening Scenes To Make Your Screenplay Stand Out

8 Types Of Opening Scenes To Make Your Screenplay Stand Out

After the title of your screenplay, the opening scenes will create the biggest impressions on a reader. They will immediately get a sense of what they signed up for and whether the script is likely to deliver. The first few pages of your screenplay must work on a multitude of levels. It must: set the …

Dramatic Tension – Don’t Let Them Go (Part II)

Dramatic Tension – Don’t Let Them Go (Part II)

Keeping audiences hooked relies on meaningful dramatic questions, yet few stories generate tension on the most meaningful level. Nothing prevents an audience’s boredom like the need to know what happens at the ending. Provided the protagonist has our empathy or interest, the stakes are significant and the outcomes are genuinely uncertain, a story’s external and internal …

Dramatic Tension – Don’t Let Them Go (Part II)

Dramatic Tension – Don’t Let Them Go (Part II)

Keeping audiences hooked relies on meaningful dramatic questions, yet few stories generate tension on the most meaningful level. Nothing prevents an audience’s boredom like the need to know what happens at the ending. Provided the protagonist has our empathy or interest, the stakes are significant and the outcomes are genuinely uncertain, a story’s external and internal …

Turbo Charge Your Dialogue

Turbo Charge Your Dialogue

Screenwriters are often told that actions speak louder than words, or the time-honored adage, “show us, don’t tell us.” But carefully constructed dialogue is vital to make your screenplay pop. Dialogue expresses the thoughts of your characters when actions can’t fully do so. Dialogue reinforces or contradicts actions. Alternatively, dialogue can act as the story …

10 Ways To End Your Screenplay

10 Ways To End Your Screenplay

The opening scenes of your screenplay are the first impressions a reader will get of your story. They are critical because they invite the reader into your story and encourage them to stay for the duration of your film or TV script. They will likely make their decisions on whether to invest in your screenplay …

10 Ways To End Your Screenplay

10 Ways To End Your Screenplay

The opening scenes of your screenplay are the first impressions a reader will get of your story. They are critical because they invite the reader into your story and encourage them to stay for the duration of your film or TV script. They will likely make their decisions on whether to invest in your screenplay …

Three Ways to Avoid Tired Clichés in Your Script | Screenwriting Magazine

Screenwriting Magazine

Screenwriting Magazine brings you everything you need to know about the business and craft of screenwriting in Hollywood.

How to Avoid Being Jealous of Other Writers | Screenwriting Magazine

Screenwriting Magazine

Screenwriting Magazine brings you everything you need to know about the business and craft of screenwriting in Hollywood.

Symbolism In Screenwriting

Symbolism In Screenwriting

Everyone gets lost sometimes. In order to find our way back from our wanderings, we search for familiar markers, signs, or symbols to guide us where we need to go, whether in our lives or stories. So let’s not search blindly through the forest or gaze at the heavens for answers, but huddle our minds …

How To Write A Contained Film

How To Write A Contained Film

Contained films are restrained stories that have traditionally been limited to the horror/ thriller genre. They are characterized by having few characters (often three to five, sometimes as few as one), no more than one or two main locations such as a haunted house, and a skeleton crew. Most importantly, they are filmed on shoestring budgets. …

Discover Your Screenwriting Brand

Discover Your Screenwriting Brand

Every creative executive, agent, manager, and producer is looking for that elusive screenplay that will catapult the careers of screenwriters they work with. They’re looking for the next best thing? What makes your storytelling lit? This relates to your brand. The essence of your stories is based on your brand. Your brand is your definable …

7 Ways Screenwriters Can Keep Themselves Stable(ish)

7 Ways Screenwriters Can Keep Themselves Stable(ish)

Every screenwriter experiences peaks and troughs in their careers. Oftentimes, our careers are so chaotic we can’t see the forest through the trees. Here are some concepts you can use to keep yourself mentally and emotionally grounded: 1) Self-Efficacy This is a psychological concept that states that a screenwriter’s personal belief in their …