Choosing and Introducing Your Focus Characters

Choosing and Introducing Your Focus Characters

Oftentimes the new screenwriter will populate their spec with numerous characters. But how many characters are too many? It all depends on the type of story you’re telling. Who is this story about? It doesn’t matter if it’s a simple story or a complex story, it should...
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...
Flawed Characters We Love

Flawed Characters We Love

This marks my second workweek without an episode of Mad Men to discuss with co-workers. All of my fellow fans know what I’m going through. The void has driven me to reflect on what it was that made me adore that series so much. I promise there will be no major...
Creating Character

Creating Character

Creating character is a process that will be with you from the beginning to the end, from fade in to fade out. It is an ongoing educational progression, an experience that continues expanding as you go deeper and deeper into your characters’ lives. There are many ways...