How to Write About Characters Who Are Smarter Than You

Academy Award winning writer, Graham Moore (Imitation Game), gives advice on writing for an intellectual character in a way that the audience can understand. My least favorite moment in all of cinema is a relatively common one. You will recognize it, I’m sure, from dozens of movies and TV shows that prominently feature scientists. You Read MoreRead More

Is Dialogue Really That Important?

Cameron Cubbison examines the importance of dialogue and what constitutes good dialogue. Norma Desmond may not have thought that dialogue was all that important…lovably bitter wretch that she was…but she was wrong. Dialogue is one of the absolute most important elements in a screenplay, for myriad reasons. I would imagine most writers know this without Read MoreRead More

Doug Richardson on the Writer’s Nightmare

Doug Richardson details the Writer’s Nightmare and the complex relationship between a writer’s words and an actor’s delivery. I’d just typed FADE OUT for the umpteenth time in my short career. The draft was neat and a tightly wound one hundred and fifteen pages of thrills and chills. It felt bulletproof and as close to Read MoreRead More

Bad Movie Dialogue Speaks in Complete Sentences

Grammar Nazis will have to plug their ears for this one. Real language is full half developed sentences that just get… well… you know… interrupted. “Bad movie dialogue speaks in complete sentences without any overlapping or interruption, and avoids elliptical speech, which is truer to how people actually talk.” This from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson. Read MoreRead More

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