Three act structure may be bullshit, but it’s useful bullshit.

Three act structure falls into a category I call “useful bullshit.” Typically arguments over three act structure become a tedious fight about whether it’s always the best or whether it even exists. It’s a mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain an idea without necessarily holding it to be true. Therefore, IContinue reading “Three act structure may be bullshit, but it’s useful bullshit.”

A hater’s guide to save the cat – Chapter 3

Blake Snyder died in 2009. I’m not here to disrespect the man, I just want to deconstruct his book.This guide is written for people who might have to quote anything about it to someone who’s taking it way too seriously. Chapter Three – It’s About A Guy Who… SECTION: Introduction Blake Snyder had a bunchContinue reading “A hater’s guide to save the cat – Chapter 3”

Knowing about something is not the same as knowing it.

In an ideal world, knowledge would be like a Pokemon: you could capture it once, and keep it forever, ready to serve at a moments notice. Sadly, knowledge isn’t so readily gained. You need to reinforce it ad naseum until it’s ingrained in your subconscious. If there was any confusion…   Here are some old school writing pointers thatContinue reading “Knowing about something is not the same as knowing it.”

The map is not the territory – screenwriting rules are only guidelines.

When someone says something like a script should be between 100-120 pages, it will generally cause an argument. It’s useful to remember that these are simply guidelines, and that it’s often more useful to consider why the advice is correct (it forces a useful economy of words, and makes the script more readable to buyers)Continue reading “The map is not the territory – screenwriting rules are only guidelines.”

Technicians versus Performers (“rules” vs “just write a great script”)

No one agrees on anything in screenwriting. One of the classic arguments is whether people should follow ‘rules’ or ‘just write a great script.’ This is a classic technician vs performer argument. It’s a war between two different approaches to learning and skill, and it’s useful to know where you fall on the continuum. James Hunt vs NikkiContinue reading “Technicians versus Performers (“rules” vs “just write a great script”)”