Dual Character Point-of-View

Spoiler Warning: This article breaks down Psycho, Gone Girl, and The Place Beyond the Pines. Consider thyself warned! One of the unwritten rules of screenwriting is that you “dance with the one that brung you”. That is, you select a protagonist in the outlining phase then allow that character to serve...
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John Wick

How To Create An Emotionally Driven Crazy Person

Sometimes when the worst happens, we have to live and let live. Other times, it’s completely normal to go insane. Derek Kolstad’s screenplay for John Wick – alternatively titled Scorn – has exactly that happen. In it, we see a man take a heavy loss and let go of his better judgment to exact...
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Writers Store

How To Put Artificial Intelligence Into Your Screenplay

“The future is now!” may be a quote from The Cable Guy, but it’s a very true statement. By the time you finish reading it, we’ll be that much closer to autonomous cars and robot maids like Rosie in The Jetsons.  Alex Garland’s screenplay and subsequent movie Ex Machina feature a world in the not too distant future...
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