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

How to Impress the Casting Directors

Getting ready for an audition? Want to know what will impress the casting directors? Well, your friend, Amanda Florian, at Backstage has compiled advice from fourteen casting directors as to what you can do to knock their socks off. Break a leg!

Read full article here: 14 Casting Directors on How to Impress in the Audition Room

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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Cinderella Stories Still Happen. Just Ask Liz Hannah

Still don’t believe in Cinderella stories? Still don’t think crazy dreams come true? Well, think again. Liz Hannah’s first screenplay, The Post, was directed by Spielberg, starred Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, was nominated for Golden Globes, and now is nominated for Academy Awards. Amy Nicholson of the Washington Post discusses the story behind the film’s birth.

read the full article here: How a writer defied ‘one in a million’ odds to get her first movie made by Steven Spielberg

How Greta Gerwig Found “Lady Bird”

Owen Gleiberman with Variety magazine sat down with Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan to discuss the highly-acclaimed film “Lady Bird” and how the two collaborated to bring this story to life.

Read full article here: Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan on How They Found the Voice of ‘Lady Bird’

*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 🙂


Memorizing lines is tough work. Peter O’Toole once discussed the fact that when an actor receives a script, they have to do more than merely learn the lines, they have to study them. However, time does not always allow for actors to have ample amounts of time for such an endeavor, so Matt Newton with Backstage offers some ideas on how to effectively learn your lines when you’re pressed for time. So when you get called up at the last minute to play Alexander Hamilton, you’ll be ready 🙂 Break a leg!

Read full article here: How to Memorize Lines Fast

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