August 17, 2012

Just a Little Pinch: Screenwriting’s Dirty Little Secret

In his book, The Screenwriter’s Bible, David Trottier describes a moment that happens in the middle of Act II as a Pinch. The hero becomes more fully […]
July 20, 2012

The Art of the Outline: Using the Hero’s Journey as a Starting Point

I used to feel that drafting an outline was one of the most difficult challenges in writing a screenplay. The problem is that you cannot skip […]
June 12, 2012

Subtext, or Not Saying What You’re Saying.

Including subext in your characters’ dialogue might simultaneously be the most difficult and most important thing to do in a screenplay. That might sound like an […]
May 14, 2012

The Fine Line Between Boring and Interesting

I read a script last week for a new client. It had good structure, well developed characters and a premise that was a little formulaic, but […]