Hollins People Doing Great Things

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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

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!

Revealing a Character’s Backstory

Martha Alderson at Script Magazine shares some secrets on how to reveal your character’s backstory wound, which plays just as vital a role as the current story being told. The backstory is what helps explain to the audience the hows, whats, and whys of the character when the audience meets them and why this journey that character is on is so crucial.

Check out the full article here: How to Reveal Your Character’s Backstory Wound

60 Things for Your Characters to DO While They Talk or Think

Creating and developing every little thing characters do in your stories is, although rewarding, very exhausting. As screenwriters, we have to take this task one step further and write the characters’ actions in such a way that they can be understood so they can be converted to images and actions performed. Long story short, show don’t tell. The author, Amanda Patterson, also provides within the article a “cheat sheet for writing body language” and “five simple ways to describe characters”.

Check out the full article: 60 Things for Your Characters to do When They Talk or Think

Episode Four of Page Ten Podcast

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Episode four of Page Ten, the Hollins University Screenwriting Podcast, is up and running, just click on the link below, or if you’d rather, it’s also available to download on iTunes. Head over and take a listen to the interview with guest Lawrence Ross, and if you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe and catch future episodes.

“Wait. Ben. Say That Again.”: Graham Moore on How to Write Characters That Are Smarter Than You

Academy Award winning writer Graham Moore, The Imitation Game, talks about his experiences writing the film that won him Oscar gold. He discusses the challenges of writing about a character who is smarter than you as well as fighting the cliches that surround the portrayal of highly intelligent figures in films.

*Graham Moore won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game.

*Benedict Cumberbatch received an Academy Award nomination for his role as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

Read the full article here: How to Write About Characters That Are Smarter Than You

Screenwriter Thesaurus: “Very”

Since the word “very”is very boring, you as a very good writer shouldn’t use it very much. I hope you find this list to be very helpful.  Have a very lovely day.

128 Words Screenwriters Can Use Instead of “Very”

Here’s a fun game: Rewrite my post with words you find on this list in the comments section. Have fun 🙂

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.