Make your characters L.I.E.

Make your characters L.I.E.

“(s)he’s not likeable” Have you ever received a note back on your script telling you that your main character isn’t likable enough? It’s very common. But what does that really mean? The protagonist isn’t friendly? Maybe. But it...
Guru Quote: Lajos Egri

Guru Quote: Lajos Egri

“A weak character cannot carry the burden of protracted conflict in a play. He cannot support a play. We are forced, then, to discard such a character as a protagonist. There is no sport if there is no competition; there is no play if there is no conflict....
When Secondary Characters Fall In Love

When Secondary Characters Fall In Love

Love. A many-splendored thing. To add some heart to your script, you decide to create a subplot where two of your secondary characters fall in love. Nothing could be finer, right? Wrong. For some reason, I’m seeing a certain misstep lately — in both client...
A Perfect Getaway

A Perfect Getaway

Don’t worry — NO SPOILERS! Since watching A Perfect Getaway (written and directed by David Twohy) a few weeks back, I’ve been itching to write about it. This film actually managed to pull off something that many of my screenwriting friends and...