Jocelyn Moorhouse on Making “The Dressmaker”

Shanee Edwards at ScriptwritingU Magazine discussed the film “The Dressmaker” with the writer and director, Jocelyn Moorhouse.

Full article here: The Dressmaker Writer/Director Jocelyn Moorhouse talks Spaghetti Western-style revenge, the mother-daughter bond and Liam Hemsworth chasing an emu

Notes from Aaron Sorkin’s Screenwriting MasterClass

MASTERCLASS has been providing incredible opportunities for newcomers to creative industries to learn from the masters. You can learn cooking from Gordon Ramsay to acting from Kevin Spacey to tennis with Serena Williams. One Reddit user chronicled his experience with Aaron Sorkin’s MasterClass on Screenwriting.

Read the full article here: Notes from Aaron Sorkin’s Screenwriting Masterclass

Akira Kurosawa on Screenwriting

Naomi Beaty at ScreenCraft discusses Akira Kurosawa and his creative process and his advice to aspiring writers and filmmakers.

Full article and video here: Screenwriting Advice from Akira Kurosawa

How to Write a Screenplay with Heart

Tim Long at ScreenCraft shares some pointers on how to write a screenplay with heart and the ability to emotionally move an audience.

Blogger’s Note: there article contains links to The Secret Screenwriting Themes Behind All Pixar Movies and The Engine of Empathy

Read the full article here: How to Write a Screenplay with HEART

Learn Character Development from the Film that Does it Best: The Graduate

More good stuff from the folks at No Film School. Max Winter uses the film The Graduate to provide insight on developing your story characters.

Blogger’s Note: If you’ve never seen The Graduate, watch it. It’s an incredible film with wonderful actors (Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft) and a fantastic soundtrack from the legendary Simon & Garfunkel.

Watch and read here: Learn Character Development from “The Graduate”

Eleven Stages of a Master Screenplay

Robert Misovic at Pensare Films provided a different take on and breakdown of a screenplay. Misovic breaks a screenplay down into eleven steps, as opposed to the nine provided by the standard plot points. He uses films such as Rocky, The Godfather, Gone Girl, Titanic, Jaws, and Jurassic Park to illustrate each step.

11 Stages of a Master Screenplay

Virginia Screenwriting Competition

Writers of Virginia, get ready!

Every year the Virginia Film Office hosts an annual screenwriting competition. Entries will be accepted between April 3 and May 29. And the best part: NO ENTRY FEE!

Click here for details and information.

Good Luck!

Creating the Ultimate Antagonist

This video explains how to create the ultimate antagonist. Using The Dark Knight and Heath Ledger’s character of the Joker as an example, they breakdown precisely the goals of an effective antagonist.

Watch here: Lessons from the Screenplay: The Dark Knight – Creating the Ulitmate Antagonist