Fight scenes add excitement to virtually any story, but proper fight choreography is crucial if you want to create believable and engaging fight scenes.
The screenplay is the backbone of a movie. It is the written version of a film, and it’s what everyone on set is working together to bring to life.  For many, writing dialogue can be the most daunting part of screenwriting. When you have an idea for a movie you...
As a former college instructor, I know how hard it can be to keep students’ attention and teach them something at the same time. Even with the built-in accountability of grades, this can be challenging. When it comes to videos, you might think you need the personality, charisma, and...
Where’s the line between campy and just plain bad? Let’s take a look at the camp genre so you can stay on the right side of that line in your filmmaking efforts.
Director's chair and robot form Star Wars, R2-D2, with single video spotlight
Many movie terms are obvious to any video producer. However, terms like red herring and McGuffin might seem obscure, yet they play a major role in films.
A first-class story is compelling from beginning to end. Freytag's Pyramid is a formula that describes the structure of most dramas.
A strong, focused short film script not only tells a more compelling story. It’s also easier to produce.
Your characters, their stories and the ways they intersect will be the elements that elevate your script and make it original.
If I ever balk at a huge upcoming project, my husband will say “How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.” I would never want to literally eat an elephant, but it is an excellent axiom for our purposes. The same idea applies to taking a script...
How to Craft Strong Characters
An outline for your screenplay is a great way to start, but developing strong characters will engage viewers in the story you’re telling. Would Darth Vader’s iconic “I am your father” reveal have been as impactful if you didn’t care for the characters? They’re the driving force behind any...
Before you sit down to write your next award-winning screenplay, make sure you’re writing for both the eye and the ear.

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