Write Club: 5 Choices You Must Make Before You Start Writing

Welcome to Write Club. The first rule of write club is… just kidding. (Sorry, I had to.) We’re writers not fighters, so talk about write club all you want. The folks at ScreenCraft discuss five choices a writer must make before they begin writing their story. These five questions will help guide the writer through the development of their story as well as help the writer figure out how their story will influence the genre.

Read the full article here: Write Club: 5 Choices You Must Make Before You Start Writing

The Q&A with 9 Oscar-Nominated Screenwriters

Jeff Goldsmith with ScreenCraft sat down with nine of the 2016 Oscar nominees in the Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay categories to talk about everything from the best writing advice to favorite procrastinating methods – yes, you read the correctly, as well as battling the obstacles and demons. Enjoy.

 

Full article and podcast here: The Q&A with 9 Oscar-Nominated Screenwriters

Three of the Most Common Conceptual Mistakes Writers Make

Ken Miyamoto at ScreenCraft created a list of three of the most common mistakes writers make when developing the concepts for their stories and offers insight on how to correct these errors.

Read full article here: 3 Most Common Conceptual Mistakes Screenwriters Make

Lessons From the Startup World

Naomi Beaty at ScreenCraft sat down with some of the biggest names in the startup world to discuss valuable pieces of wisdom and advice that would be useful to screenwriters. Because let’s face it, as an artist – painter, actor, singer, writer, or filmmaker – you’re a one-person startup. And if you think about it, every company big, small, or global began with a single person and their ideas.

Five Lessons for Screenwriters From the Startup World

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

Hollins People Doing Great Things

Drum roll please…

THREE Hollins University Graduate Screenwriting and Film Studies alums made it to the Quarter-Finals of the ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship contest. And they are:

David Morrow – The Bargain

Homer Hsieh – The Risk Factor

Nick Leitzke – Reverb

Congratulations gentlemen!! Good luck!

See the full list here: Announcing The 4th Annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship Quarter-Finalists

Screencraft’s Anatomy of a Scene: How to Introduce Ensemble Characters

Ken Miyamoto at ScreenCraft uses the film The Big Chill to break down the anatomy of a scene and story that introduces multiple characters of an ensemble cast. He uses three questions as a guide for the discussion:

  1. What is the moment of characterization?
  2. What does this tell about the character?
  3. How is this used for drama later?

Read the full article here: How to Introduce Ensemble Characters

Side note: The Big Chill has a fantastic soundtrack. If you’ve never heard it, it certainly worth the listen.

ScreenCraft’s Anatomy of a Scene: How to Write Suspence Sequences

The folks at ScreenCraft sat down to discuss how Stephen Spielberg introduces characters and create suspense sequences with focus on film Jurassic Park. The T-Rex scene is used to dissect how Spielberg set up the scenes and paid them off later in the film.

Full article here: Suspense Sequences