The MacGuffin

Ken Miyamoto with ScreenCraft discusses the MacGuffin, what it is, and how to properly use it to tell your story as effectively as possible. He uses films such as James Bond, Indiana Jones, and Citizen Kane to illustrate how the MacGuffin can be an effective storytelling tool and add conflict to the story.

Read the full article here: How Screenwriters Can Master the MacGuffin

Five Old School Ways to Create Better Characters

There’s reason some “old school” methods and ideas last as long as they do: because they work. Jennie Evenson at ScreenwritingU Magazine discusses techniques of creating better characters using classic films such as Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, and Citizen Kane as models. Classic movies don’t become classic movies just because of the iconic faces in them. They become classics because of their memorable characters.

5 Old School Ways to Create Better Characters .