Akira Kurosawa on Screenwriting

Naomi Beaty at ScreenCraft discusses Akira Kurosawa and his creative process and his advice to aspiring writers and filmmakers.

Full article and video here: Screenwriting Advice from Akira Kurosawa

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

Choosing Your Character’s Appearance

A multitude of factors go into developing characters: their personality, their problems that they have to overcome, their quirks, their backstory, and their appearance. Blogger Hannah Heath provides some helpful tips and insight on how to decide on your character’s appearance and how the exterior appearance of the character is just as important as the interior (e.g. behaviors, emotions, personality) of the character and how one aspect influences the other.

You can read the full article here: 7 Tips for Choosing Your Character’s Appearance

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.

Degrees of Emotions

Here’s a colorful info-graphic that provides different stages of various human emotions. Even though our focus is writing scripts – words that will be transformed into images, word choice can still be just as powerful as it is in prose.

I hope you find this valuable.

Click the link here: Degrees of Emotions for Writers