How to Write a Screenplay About Rebellion

This Independence Day weekend, I’d be remiss if I didn’t write a piece on how to write a rebellion screenplay. Movies with a strong rebellion aspect in them usually don’t make for blockbuster seat-fillers, but they do stand the test of time and often garner devoted fans. There are some...
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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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