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36 Dramatic Situations for Screenwriters

J Gideon Sarantinos covers 36 sorts of conflicts that you can employ to add drama to your script. 1. Supplication (asking for help) Elements: a Supplicant, a Persecutor and a Power in authority, whose decision is doubtful. The Supplicant is chased, harmed or otherwise threatened by the Persecutor and begs for help from the Power Read MoreRead More

Scripted vs. Non-scripted Corporate Videos

Ron Dawson weighs the pros and cons of scripting content for corporate video. Believe it or not, I honed my skills as a corporate video producer/director during my tenure as a wedding videographer. In particular, the skills I learned shooting, directing and editing love story videos. Learning how to elicit emotion, ask probing questions, and Read MoreRead More

Romance Isn’t Dead…It’s Just Different

Danny Manus asks, what it takes to fall in love in film of the 21st century? Here’s a scary thought – 40 years from now, the story many grandparents will be telling their grandkids about how they met and fell in love will include the words “fuckbuddies,” “Tinder,” and “emoji”. Not exactly Bogey and Bacall, Read MoreRead More

Writers built ‘The Lego Movie,’ block by block, on belief

  Chris Miller and Phil Lord go into their process used in developing the Lego Movie They’ll never let us do this.” We were proposing to make a major studio movie look like it was made in someone’s basement. The characters wouldn’t have fingers. Or knees. Or noses. Our story involved licensed characters from at Read MoreRead More

Improvising Screenplays: Three Stagnant Scene Types…and How to Make Them Flow

In Improvising Screenplays, improvisational actor Brett Wean shares how the concepts of improvisation can be applied to the work — and play — of writing your script. There are a few general, arbitrary-sounding, scene types that actors are told to avoid when first learning improv. Specifically, novice improvisers are warned to stay away from: argument Read MoreRead More

Dan Gilroy Director/Writer of Nightcrawler – DP/30

His familiar work as a screenwriter goes all the way back to Freejack in 1992. More recently, Reel Steel and The Bourne Legacy. But now he’s put on the writer/director hat with the remarkable Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a true creature of darkness, created by business as usual in L.A. Gilroy spoke to Read MoreRead More

How to Build a Fictional World – TED-Ed

Why is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy so compelling? How about The Matrix or Harry Potter? What makes these disparate worlds come alive are clear, consistent rules for how people, societies — and even the laws of physics — function in these fictional universes. Author Kate Messner offers a few tricks for you, Read MoreRead More

Walter Benjamin’s Rules for Writing

Here’s an excerpt from German literary Critic and writer Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin with tips for every writer. Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin was a German literary critic, philosopher, social critic, translator, radio broadcaster and essayist. Though he died in 1940, before film really took over the world, he compiled a list of rules for his Read MoreRead More

Interview with Arrested Development Creator: Mitch Hurwitz

In the first part of Pretentious Film Majors’ 2-part interview with Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz, Mitch discusses some of his earliest influences, starting out on the Golden girls, and face stamping the Sandrabot. Find out what the creator of one of the funniest shows ever has to say about how he came up with Read MoreRead More

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