Posts Tagged "Screenwriting"

How Compelling is Your Historical Revisionism?

How Compelling is Your Historical Revisionism?

Those who do not learn history are doomed to replace it. We’re currently awash in current event stories (e.g. Patriot’s Day) competing with historical revisions (Man in the High Castle), alongside documentaries (Hillary’s America), fiction with stupid-simple history horribly wrong…

Making Characters Happy

Making Characters Happy

Okay, this is heady stuff.  Basically, Martin Seligman’s involved in Positive Psychology, which for him means not simply treating the miserable (or the sexually dysfunctional as Freud did), but to enhance and promote meaningful happiness for everyone. What does this…

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…

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…