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How to write a Logline

How to write a Logline

Once you’ve done your preliminary research on your film or documentary you’ll want to start the process of crafting your logline.  This will help you identify some of the most important elements of your story and it's a great reference to keep you on the right track....

New Director Tips: Directing Actors

New Director Tips: Directing Actors

In previous posts we've discussed various directing strategies to help new film directors create strong "moments" within their scenes. In today's post however, we're going to go back to the basics and we're going to discuss 3 great strategies to help you get better...

Screenwriting: Tension Building – The Slow Reveal – Part 2

Screenwriting: Tension Building – The Slow Reveal – Part 2

In the first part of this post we discussed different tension building techniques. We’ve discussed these techniques after analyzing the tension in the film “Munich”.  Therefore, we now know a few ways to ramp up the conflict of a character. We explored the idea of...

Screenwriting: Tension Building Techniques – Part 1

Screenwriting: Tension Building Techniques – Part 1

Lights Online Film School recently held a screenwriting Lab Chat that focused on the role of tension building in a screenplay. This particular Lab Chat explored the script and film for 2005’s “Munich”, written by Tony Kushner & Eric Roth and directed by Steven...

Screenwriting: Avoid “Next we see”

Screenwriting: Avoid “Next we see”

When you’re writing a script it’s easy to fall into the trap of writing your action in an editorial tone. For example you’ll often see first time screenwriters say things like: “Next we see Barney enter his kitchen…” or “We follow Barney into the Kitchen…”. This bad...

Screenwriting: Verbs vs. Adjectives

Screenwriting: Verbs vs. Adjectives

When you’re writing a script you need to communicate effectively, visually and economically. One of the best ways to do this is to minimize the use of adjectives and adverbs and replace them with strong nouns and verbs whenever possible.For those of you who need a...

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