The Story of Story: How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love Structure

Justin Morrow traces the history of story and how we approach the human endeavor of explaining what happened. It is a truism that, “we tell ourselves stories in order to live.“ But, it is also remarkable what a human characteristic the drive for narrative is. We’ve been telling stories since we learned how to communicate, Read MoreRead More

Robert Ben Garant on Writing Scripts for Studios

In this hour-long presentation at Loyola University New Orleans, Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911, Night at the Museum) talks about writing for a studio system and the importance of structure. Robert Ben Garant also has a book (Writing Movies for Fun and Profit) with writing partner Thomas Lennon which I can personally recommend. Writing Movies For Fun Read MoreRead More

Unlocking The Power of Story Within You

by James Bonnet What is the source of our creativity? How can we communicate with that source and use it to unlock the natural storyteller that resides in us all? Carl Jung called the source of our creativity the collective unconscious. Joseph Campbell, in his book ‘Hero With a Thousand Faces,’ called it the world Read MoreRead More

Approaching Character: The Circle of Being

by Syd Field Henry James, the great American novelist, in an essay entitled The Art of Fiction, asks a rhetorical question about the nature of character: “What is character,” he writes, “but the determination of incident. And what is incident but the illumination of character.” The key word of course, is “incident;” what the dictionary Read MoreRead More

A Nineteenth-Century Guide to Screenwriting

by Michael Halperin Victorians’ Secrets: A Nineteenth-Century Guide to Screenwriting, or How the Victorians Invented the Screenplay It may seem peculiar in the 21st century to discuss screenwriting in the same breath as anything that had to do with the 19th century. What does one have to do with the other? After all, the only Read MoreRead More

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