Best of the Web 17 Nov

Story & Structure :: Great Scene: “The Silence of the Lambs” :: The FUNdamentals of Screenwriting – SETTING :: 5 Tips for Writing Better Characters into Your Screenplay :: Screenplay Review – Back to the Future :: Screenplay Review – Starbuck :: “When Something Happens… Something ELSE Happens” Script Perfection :: Why is Genre Important … Read more

Without Dramatic Conflict Your Characters Are Boring

Most of the screenplays I read lack dramatic conflict. Characters just talk and say empty words. Nothing’s happening. Often, the reason for this is because we don’t push ourselves to find drama in the lives of our characters. by D.B. Gilles So maybe we look into our own lives for some dramatic conflict to inspire … Read more

Best of the Web 1 Sep

Story & Structure :: Concept = Hook :: Finding Your Voice In Your Screenplay :: TV Pilot – The Blacklist :: Daily Dialogue — The Bourne Supremacy :: Screenplay Review – Real Monsters (Grendl’s script) :: Scene Description Spotlight: “The Dark Knight” Script Perfection :: Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points :: 10 Dead Simple … Read more

The Most Common Dialogue Errors In Screenplays

After decades in the biz, I see the same dialogue errors over and over again. Don’t make these mistakes. by David Trottier 1. Obvious exposition. Husband: “Darling, how long have we been married now?” Wife: “Silly, it’s been 20 years. Remember Hawaii—the North Shore?” Husband: “Oh yeah, that little honeymoon cottage.” When your characters seem … Read more