Learn new principles todesign story, develop characters and create original and imaginative storylines.
go beyond understanding WHY a story needs improvement. it empowers writers to become their own script doctors.
HOW to turn conflict into solutions. HOW to turn complexity and psychology into clear physical action and HOW to time satisfying climaxes.
The hardest thing about writing is writing itself. You can play with ideas all you want, but in the end to get a screenplay done requires constant focus, solid structure, inspired flow and discipline. Writing is an action, and it needs to happen now.
Story is different today than around the campfire, or during the time of Homer's Odyssey. Modern film stories are told with revolutionary tools and hybrid technologies, whether it's a Studio product or a crowdsourced experiment in storytelling. And yet dramatic writing remains classical: a hero is trying to fix a wrong, and in the process discovers much more, in great movies even that life is worth living. But a screenplay remains to this day an imprecise, solitary and time-consuming torture of love.
Development is sometimes called HELLl because it can be very difficult to move your story forward past the Premise and through the Second Act.. As a writer you may find yourself guessing over and over what happens next in your script. Every time you guess your story could go wrong, you just never know. Deciding what plot twist you prefer, regardless of what the story needs, may cost you your great starting idea and take us to a weak climax. No more guesswork equals less rewrites.
Intelligence is a virtue, but intellectual films can bore an audience to death. Nothing can kill the passion of cinematic storytelling more than explanations, labels and on-the-nose dialogue. Fiction movies are not meant only to explain notions logically, but to touch, shake and excite human emotions. Put simply, write and shoot for the gut, not the brain. Try not to explain, ambush the senses. Let audiences think when it's all over.
Scenes are the unit of story. Characters and Plots can develop in specific, even memorable, scenes. Scenes are the place where the visions of the writer and director not only come together, but find visual power. If a scene doesn't work it will be cut. By focusing on taking all your scenes to their max story potential you make structure stronger and you allow for fresh imaginative inputs. You may even become not only a more confident writer but a marketable script doctor.