Writing methods

The Pixar way to start your screenplay

This is a great explanation of the traditional, three-act structure way to start your screenplay, illustrated with examples from Pixar movies, and focusing on how the process was applied to Toy Story 3. The narrator is writer Michael Arndt, whose credits also include the wonderful Little Miss Sunshine. My only quibble is that it suggests that […]

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Scene writing – here’s how they do it

As well as thinking about the construction of the overall story of a screenplay we have to construct individual scenes. A terrific resource in line with that is the New York Times feature, “Anatomy of a Scene.” In the video below, the director Richard Ayoade narrates the opening sequence of the film, The Double, starring […]

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George RR Martin: Why having a great screenplay idea is only the first step

Have a great idea for a screenplay? Congratulations! You are one step closer to having a great screenplay…but only one step. No less an authority than George RR Martin, author of the saga, A Song of Ice and Fire, which includes Game of Thrones, testified to this in a recent interview in Rolling Stone magazine: “Ideas are […]

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