Screenwriting Lessons: “The Social Network” — Part 2: Narrative Framework

Scott Meyers breaks down the Academy-award winning script of “The Social Network” to discuss the narrative framework and how that can propel your story in a strong direction.

Read the full article here: Screenwriting Lessons: “The Social Network” — Part 2: Narrative Framework

Interview (Part 2): Stephanie Shannon

Scott Myers sat down with 2013 Nicholl fellowship winner Stephanie Shannon to discuss her journey as a screenwriter.

Interview (Part 2): Stephanie Shannon

5 Storytelling Lessons from Bill Murray

John Bucher with LA Screenwriter extracts five storytelling lessons from the work of the legendary Bill Murray. He uses examples from films such as Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation, Groundhog Day, St. Vincent, and Rock the Kasbah to help illustrate each point. And seriously, who doesn’t love Bill Murray?

Read full article here: 5 Storytelling Lessons from Bill Murray

Music for your Screenplay

Christopher Osterndorf with Script Lab uses the summer 2017 film Baby Driver as a model to discuss how to incorporate music into your screenplays.

Read full article here: Screenwriting 101: How to Incorporate Music in your Screenplay

Unpacking Billy Wilder’s 10 Screenwriting Tips

Zeke from the New York Film Academy discusses Billy Wilder’s ten pieces of screenwriting advice.

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WHAT MAKES SCREENPLAY DIALOGUE GREAT?

Hal Croasmun at ScreenwritingU discusses the four characteristics that make great dialogue in a screenplay. He uses Aaron Sorkin’s The American President as a model for the discussion.

WHAT MAKES SCREENPLAY DIALOGUE GREAT?

TED-Ed: How to Use a Semicolon ;)

Grammar Police, this one is for you. The folks at TED-Ed provide a delightful tutorial on how to use the mysterious semi-colon. You’ll feel like a grammar Super Mario ready to take on anything after watching. I hope you find this helpful!

Watch full video here: Embrace the semi-confusing semicolon with these helpful guidelines

Dialogue Bootcamp

Need some inspiration for good dialogue? WeScreenplay offers a list of nine films to watch as “dialogue bootcamp”.  Enjoy.

Read full article here: 9 Films to Watch for a Dialogue Bootcamp

The Engine of Empathy

Caitlin Durante provides three key rules to effectively convey characters’ emotions in your stories and screenplays. She pulls examples from The Godfather, Kramer vs. Kramer, and Edward Scissorhands to help illustrate the points.

Read full article here: The Engine of Empathy: Three Ways To Convey Characters’ Emotions

Want to Create A Supervillian?

Trying to create a supervillian? Jennie Evenson offers five ways to up your game and offers several examples of iconic supervillians such as The Joker (Heath Ledger), Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), and Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins).

Want To Create A Supervillian? Try This