What You Can Learn From The Avatar Screenplay

In the Avatar screenplay, like in every screenplay, a moment occurs when the main character moves from Act One into Act Two. ‘Moves’, because in successful films, this is the point where we travel from A to B. In screenwriting jargon, we call this the First Threshold. Sometimes, it happens in the blink of an eye, in other movies it can … Read More

Best of the Web 15 Jun

Story & Structure :: The Complete ‘The Dialogue Series’ :: Your Opening Scene Better Be Awesome :: Movie Analysis: ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Script Perfection :: How to Take the Terror Out of Writing :: James Cameron Talks Writing Three Avatar Sequels Simultaneously :: Writers’ Rooms Vs. Solo Scribes: Where Does TV Creativity Flourish Best? Pitching & Selling :: ‘Edge of … Read More

In Memoriam: Sydney Field (3)

Over the past decades, screenwriting education has developed into a multi-million dollar industry with rock-star size individuals such as Robert McKee and the late Blake Snyder. All this really started with one book, published in 1979: “Screenplay – The Foundations of Screenwriting”, written by Syd Field. Syd Field was the first true screenwriting guru and his book Screenplay is still … Read More