The Frame Story and the Flashback

The Frame Story and the Flashback

Flashbacks can be utilized for several reasons in a script. If you want to reveal a plot point from the past or something about a character that needs illuminating, a flashback might be the best route to take. Sometimes this storytelling technique can become a crutch,...
Is Your Screenplay “Too Arch”?

Is Your Screenplay “Too Arch”?

A phrase you’ll sometimes hear in development circles is “too arch”. It’s usually in regards to characters and their behavior. The word “arch” is simply a shortened form of “archetype”. An archetype is a Greek term, meaning an original model after which subsequent...
Through-lines and “The Empire Strikes Back”

Through-lines and “The Empire Strikes Back”

I never heard the term “through-line” before I became a professional screenwriter. After I sold my first script, however, and started working with producers and studio execs on various projects, I started to hear it all the time. “What’s the through-line of the...
Music Cues In Your Screenplay?

Music Cues In Your Screenplay?

Conventional wisdom says don’t. But this same wisdom also tells you never to direct in your script, nor telegraph what a character is feeling, etc. I respectfully disagree with this. George Lucas wrote American Graffiti around soundtrack cues. Tarantino often cites...