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...