A Basic Three Act Structure

FEATURES: Single protagonist, clear-cut theme, strong character arc, a happy ending. CAUTIONS: It's not about the idea, it's about the execution. Any idiot can fill out a formula, the people who get hired are the ones who can fill out this formula in a way that is fresh and emotionally involving. ACT ONE: Setup the... Continue Reading →

In Defense of Story Coaching

When it comes to developing their craft, aspiring screenwriters would do well to take a page from the world of improv comedy. In improv (at least in Los Angeles, at UCB and iO) neophytes start with the basic classes and journeymen aspire to make a performance team - to be one of the rare few... Continue Reading →

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