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

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

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 🙂

Story tricks from Spielberg’s BFG

Spielberg is an icon and a legend for good reason. Shanee Edwards with ScreenwritingU Magazine dissects the film to study seven story tricks screenwriters can use when creating children’s films.

Read the full article here: Spielberg gets all Spielbergian on The BFG: 7 great story tricks we learned from the cinematic giant

The Power of Vulnerability

2017 Sundance Screenwriting Fellow Edson Oda discusses vulnerability and how it can empower you creatively as writer and filmmaker.


Lessons from Disney’s Zootopia

Ken Miyamoto from ScreenCraft breaks down the Disney film Zootopia to extract and discuss three big lessons for screenwriters to use in their stories.

Read full article here: Three Screenwriting Lessons that Disney’s “Zootopia” Can Teach Screenwriters

Reverse Engineering Your Screenplay

Indie Film Academy provides an interesting technique for getting your screenplay finished: reverse engineering. That’s a simple way of saying work backward. This may help you get over that seemingly impossible bump in the road or give you a new way to look at the writing process. Give a whirl and see how it works for you. Happy writing!

Read full article here: Reverse Engineering Your Screenplay

Screenwriting 101: Ava DuVernay

Scott Myers shares some words of inspiration and encouragement from Ava DuVernay.

Read full article here: Screenwriting 101: Ava DuVernay

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