Posts by: Bren

Does Your Movie Have Enough Mystery?

Does Your Movie Have Enough Mystery?

This post is a great companion piece to my Use of Reveals post, but with the added bonus of watching JJ Abrams talk about his Mystery Box: Not only does he talk about great scenes, and production tricks (always protect…

Are You A Man For All Seasons?

Are You A Man For All Seasons?

A Man for All Seasons?  Wait, that’s an OLD movie. It’s about some white male in the 1500s who refused to accept the king as head of the church of England or something. Why not discuss The Dark Knight Rises,…

Common Story Problems

Common Story Problems

The following is an excerpt from my Pre-Script Pro-Strategy Screenwriting Seminar (AKA Pre-Pro), now available at Udemy.  The whole thing is over 5 hours long, covering everything from developing a premise to the 12 sequence structure, character development and elevating…

The Use of Reveals

The Use of Reveals

You’re crafting a story, trying to figure out what will take it to “the next level,” and assuming you have great characters, an engaging plot, a resonating theme, and wide audience appeal, you may dig deep into the toolbox and…

The Hunger Pains of Hunger Games

The Hunger Pains of Hunger Games

Remember when Hollywood sold us movies about teens getting a day off, chasing girls and getting drunk? Today Hollywood is selling teens getting in the arena, hunting others and getting famous. What happened? The Hunger Games is set in a…

Chronicle Analysis

Chronicle Analysis

This “found footage” / buddy teen / superhero origins Chronicle movie effectively packages the issues of friendship, identity and personal responsibility into an entertaining thrill-ride.  On a budget. The Chronicle The three teen boys – Matt (the loner philosophical guy)…

Pretentious Like Jazz

Pretentious Like Jazz

I wanted to like Blue Like Jazz (BLJ).  I want to like every movie I pay to see, and since so many Christians lose their faith while in college, it’s a topic worth exploring. But they really should have consulted…

Brave Analysis

Brave Analysis

While not among the best of the Pixar canon, Brave is a tightly (and familiarly) structured work that panders to the worst Scottish stereotypes while creating an endearingly flawed, realistic character struggling with mom’s expectations. See it, especially mothers and…