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action

The bulk of the screenplay is the scene description, character actions and activities, and the so ...
adaptation

Adaptation is the action or process of adapting from a written work, typically a novel, into a mo ...
advertising

Advertising is a technique the writer uses to tell the viewer where the film is going or is the i ...
AERIAL SHOT

Use only when necessary. An aerial shot be taken from a plane or helicopter (not a crane). For examp ...
aftermath

A scene of aftermath follows a dramatically heightened moment (seen or unseen) and allows the cha ...
allegorical characters

Most characters, even anthropomorphic ones, are flawed but have the possibility of change (a mora ...
allegory

An allegory is a story that sets out to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral lesson. Most f ...
antagonist

This character is the protagonist’s main adversary. ...
anthropomorphism

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or obj ...
antihero

This is the central character in the script who lacks the conventional heroic attributes. ...
archetypal characters

Similar to allegorical characters, with their motifs usually rooted in folklore, archetypal chara ...
atmosphere

Atmosphere is the impression created by the mood of a setting. ...
audience awareness

Awareness of your audience is an essential element in screenwriting. So much of how a writer writ ...
b.g.

b.g. is used to describe anything occurring in the background or rear plane of the foreground act ...
backstory

Backstory is the historical background information that the writer creates for a character. Impor ...
beat

Writers will sometimes use the parenthetical (beat) to interrupt a line of dialogue. Always writt ...
block page

A block page is a script page that is all action description. Visually, the page is dense - with ...
camera narrator

The camera dramatizes the process of viewing the action and bringing it on screen, allowing our e ...
CARD:

A card is text printed on the screen - either over black or superimposed over an image - that is ...
character arc

A character arc is the status of the character as it unfolds throughout the story. A character be ...
character attitudes

Attitudes convey opinions, a particular slant, belief, perspective, sentiment, or world view. ...
character change

Character change is essential to your main character’s arc. If after going through the main tensio ...
character core

Most characters should never be predictable nor stereotypical. Instead, the character’s cor ...
character description

Screenplays give a few lines of powerful character details when a new character is introduced, so ...
character development

Developing a character is essential to bringing that character to life on the screen. The writer ...