Dark Mirror – Arcs and the advantages of hero and villain sharing the same flaw.

QUESTION:  In Big Hero 6, and I was surprised to see that the protagonist's flaw (Hiro coping with the loss of his brother) and the antagonist's flaw (Professor Robert Callaghan coping with the death of his wife) were essentially the same. Are a lot of movies like this? It actually may help to pretend that all movies... Continue Reading →


If your logline makes more sense after adding “they fight zombies,” it’s not ready yet.

Most people pitch loglines that are all first act, no second act. Here are a few anemic loglines that were all submitted on reddit at one time or another. The bolded part is where I added zombie fighting. Three Irish teenagers attempt to impress girls and make new friends whilst navigating the minefield that is... Continue Reading →

Caveman screenwriters

From Wikipedia: R. Dale Guthrie... hypothesizes that the main themes in the paintings and other artifacts (powerful beasts, risky hunting scenes and the representation of women in the Venus figurines) are the work of adolescent males, who constituted a large part of the human population at the time.  Dean Snow of Pennsylvania State University has... Continue Reading →

Improv for screenwriters – Yes And

Improv for screenwriters – Yes-And The basic rule of improv is “yes and.” If someone offers information, you say “Yes...” and then add some information. For instance: A: “Did you hear about the logger?” B: “Yes and it's crazy that he went mad and killed those 16 people in that diner.” A: “Yes, and I... Continue Reading →

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