Tips for Writing Great Dialogue

Tips for Writing Great Dialogue

Dialogue is one aspect of screenwriting that so many screenwriters struggle with – even the most experienced of screenwriters often get it wrong. Poorly written dialogue is a big reason why scripts often get rejected because it’s so immediately obvious and...
Weekly Production Tip #13 – Character Traits

Weekly Production Tip #13 – Character Traits

Believable characters exhibit character traits. Giving the characters in your screenplay individual traits is a great way of diversifying them and making them feel more real and human. A trait is a small detail particular to one character; it could be something about...
Weekly Production Tip #12: Show, Don’t Tell

Weekly Production Tip #12: Show, Don’t Tell

The best piece of advice for new screenwriters: Show, Don’t Tell. One of the biggest advantages film has over other art forms, such as radio or novels, is the ability of the filmmaker to show the audience visual aspects of the story in almost infinite detail....
Weekly Production Tip #11 – Writing Dialogue 1

Weekly Production Tip #11 – Writing Dialogue 1

The basics of writing dialogue. Dialogue has 2 basic functions: 1) To help move the plot along 2) To help develop characters As the era of silent films will show, there’s no problem with having absolutely no dialogue in a film; it is, however, a useful tool...

The 10 Key Rules of Writing for TV

“Quality drama, and the best screenwriters, are all to be found on TV these days.” Whether you agree with that statement or not, it’s certainly hard to argue that shows like Homeland, the Red Riding Trilogy, Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey don’t contain...