How To Use Foreshadowing In Your Screenplay

A screenwriter sent me an email saying she understands the need for foreshadowing but wasn't sure how to do it. Of course the specific content depends on the story but here are some general ways you can adapt: 1. A visual clue. A very obvious one is letting us glimpse a gun in a drawer when your protagonist is looking for a pair of scissors. We know that gun will be used at … [Read more...]

What Screenwriters Can Learn From Documentary Filmmakers

Recently I taught a workshop to a group of documentary filmmakers, and I was reflecting on how much easier we screenwriters have it. The docu-makers may have a general story idea in mind, but often in the course of filming it turns out that reality doesn't cooperate. Sometimes one of the people they're filming dies or decides to stop cooperating. Sometimes they're following … [Read more...]