An aspiring writer confessed to me the other night that he's intimidated by the idea of theme. Screenplays, he's been taught, are supposed to have a theme, which he interprets as a strong opinion about something, like that capital punishment is wrong, or that the sins of the father are visited upon … [Read more...] about Do Screenplays Need a Theme?
Shy and awkward is how screenwriter Seth Lochead describes himself. When he was starting out he felt he had to choose between building his career by socializing or by writing a great script. He decided to try to do the latter. The result is "Hanna," co-written by David Farr, starring Kate … [Read more...] about Screenwriting Tips – Hope for shy screenwriters
"Chasing the Monster Idea" is a book by Stefan Mumaw in which he identifies seven questions that will help you determine whether you have a "monster" idea rather than just a good one (or a bad one). These questions also can help you figure out whether your movie idea is a monster. The first … [Read more...] about How to give your screenplay emotional intelligence