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Between the Scenes: Choosing Locations

Filmmakers: When choosing a location there are considerations beyond just that individual scene. Here we explore the ways in which locations work together to help the audience keep track of your story. Example from Gus Van Sant’s ‘Gerry’ (2002, THINKFilm, Miramax). Commentary by ‘Between the Scenes’ author Jeffrey Michael Bays.Read More

Major Character Types – “Protagonist”

Michael Tabb outlines the role of the hero of a story – the Protagonist. Whenever agents, producers and executives are asked what they are looking for (regardless of genre or budgetary scope preferences), the answer always includes the phrase “character-driven.” Everything else changes with trends and taste. Therefore, since the one constant everyone is always Read MoreRead More

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

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

Why Were People & Critics So Infatuated With Frozen?

What to say about Frozen that hasn’t been said… well let’s get meta and talk about the fact that so much has been said about Frozen!! Seriously, people LOVE analyzing and critiquing this movie. It’s inspired dozens of think-pieces, covering everything from its portrayal of gender roles, to cultural appropriation, to the definition of true Read MoreRead More

Maleficent and the Strange and Storied History of Fairy Tales

Trace back the history of Fairy Tales from their origins as European folk tales. Yet long before they were material for children’s movies, fairy tales have been drawn into debates on the nature of literature, cultural evolution and national identity. They’ve been subjected to Freudian analysis, Jungian interpretations, feminist readings, postmodern readings, poststructuralist readings, Marxist Read MoreRead More

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