Best of the Web 10 Mar

Story & Structure :: Writing a Scene in 11 Steps :: V.O: A Christmas Story :: Enhancing Your Story :: Character is the Basis of Story Structure :: The Happy Ending :: Flashbacks: Casablanca :: Flashbacks: Once Upon a Time in the West :: The Unlikable Protagonist :: Screenplay Review: The Conjuring :: Building the … Read more

Best of the Web 29 Jul

Story & Structure :: 10 Deadly Sins of Screenwriting :: WTF Is Voice? …And Why You Should Stop Obsessing About It :: Tuesdays with Tom Benedek: “Subplots With Benefits” Script Perfection :: The Grammar of TV and Film :: Tchaikovsky on Work Ethic vs. Inspiration :: 10 Drama Scripts You Must Analyze :: Ask Charles … Read more

The (Necessary) Evil of Dialogue

Zinneman called it a ‘necessary evil’ and wordsmith par excellence David Mamet says: “A good film script should be able to do completely without dialogue.“ I am not an expert, not even a native English speaker and I most certainly lack a deep knowledge of vocabulary. My passion is for story and structure. So much … Read more

The Three C’s of a Scene

Your primary focus is on story and less on writing scenes, sharp dialogue or gripping action. Inevitably, though, once figured out your characters and their journeys, you are down to the daunting task of writing that next draft. You will be writing at the scene level, and a slightly different set of rules comes into … Read more