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

Common Misconceptions About Hollywood

Ken Miyamoto from ScreenCraft discusses common misconceptions about Hollywood, debunks the myths, and discusses the changes that the industry has experienced.

Read full article here: Top 5 Misconceptions Novice Screenwriters Have About Hollywood

Ten Screenplay Structures That Screenwriters Can Use

Every story is different and there are different ways of telling a story. Ken Miyamoto from ScreenCraft discusses ten different story structures that writers can use to structure their screenplays. Yes, sometimes chronological order works best and makes the most sense. Other times, a different approach proves to be more effective or allows the storyteller to be more creative. All successful stories have a structure to them, but by utilizing different methods of structure, writers can create a more visually fascinating and engaging for the audience.

Read full article here: 10 Screenplay Structures That Screenwriters Can Use

Thirteen Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Brad Schreiber discusses thirteen common mistakes that screenwriters make, offers insight on how writers can spot those mistakes and provides advice on how to fix them.

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Uncomplicating Complicated Plots

Creating complicated stories doesn’t need to be complicated. Ken Miyamoto with ScreenCraft breaks down complicated story plots and offers advice on the best way writers can create the complicated stories. He uses films such as “Pulp Fiction”, “Memento”, and “The Sixth Sense” to illustrate the discussion.

Read full article here: 7 Simple Ways to Craft Complicated Plots in Screenplays

*Music for Your Screenplays

Ken Miyamoto at ScreenCraft shares his thoughts on how to use music to enhance your screenplays and stories. He uses several films as examples to illustrate the power of music and how it can add that extra layer to the story for the audience.

Full article here: How to Use Music to Write Better Screenplays


*In other news, this is our 200th post!! Thanks for tagging along. Here’s to the next 200 🙂

Screenwriters Final Draft Checklist

Ken Miyamoto from ScreenCraft provides a checklist for screenwriters to use to perfect the final drafts of their screenplays. Consider these guidelines for a well-polished and ready script for readers.

Click here for full article: The Ultimate Final Draft Checklist for Screenwriters

Hollins Grads at Work: Jared M. Gordon

More Hollins Grads on the move!! Alum Jared Gordon recently released his project Multiple Choice. Here’s what Jared had to say about his the project:

“Multiple Choice is about Helen, an overachiever who, on the day of a final exam, must decide between receiving the test answers or discovering the identity of a secret admirer… There was a lot I wanted to say with this. It ultimately came down to the theme of living life being more important than grades. I wanted to show a compelling reversal from a character who was grade-obsessed to a one who demonstrated a willingness to take risks. I was lucky to work with very talented students and fellow faculty members, and I’m very pleased with how it came out.”

You can see the full film on Vimeo. Congratulations Jared! We are so proud of you!

Now on Vimeo: Multiple Choice by Hollins Grad Jared M. Gordon

Hollins Grads at Work: Anna Fahr

One of our recent alumnae, Anna Fahr, has just released a teaser trailer for her newest project Places in Between. Anna began her script in our 507 level workshop (our intermediate level workshop), rewrote it in our advanced tutorial class (a one-on-one rewrite class with a professor), and pitched it during our annual pitch night. The teaser can be viewed on Vimeo now.

We are so proud of you, Anna!! This looks absolutely dazzling. We can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

View the teaser trailer here: Now on Vimeo: Teaser Trailer Places in Between by Hollins Grad, Anna Fahr

Watch: “The Godfather: Solozzo’s Death – Script to Screen Analysis”

Filmmaker Magazine provides and incredible script to screen analysis that uses commentary from an interview with Francis Ford Coppola. It is definitely worth watching.

Full video here: Watch: “The Godfather: Solozzo’s Death – Script to Screen Analysis”