Story: Character Driven vs. Plot Driven

Screenplays evolve essentially two ways: plot driven (often called High Concept), when a writer plugs original characters into a tailor-made plot, or character driven, in which the plot is born organically from the characters, usually a well developed and unforgettable main protagonist.   Character Driven Screenplays With this approach, if...
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Character Creation: Planting the Seed

Real life is full of characters, and no matter how ordinary a person may seem, he or she still has a story. But what makes a story stick rarely rests on plot devices, theme, or situation alone. In most cases, a story is only as good as it’s character. Hannibal...
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Exploring Hollywood’s Fascination with Elmore Leonard

In a career that spans over sixty years, Leonard’s first story was “Trail of the Apache,” which he sold to the magazine Argosy for one thousand dollars. Throughout his long career, he published forty-five novels, penned four original screenplays and a produced countless number of short stories and essays. Having...
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