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Tips for Writing Your First Short Film Script

Short films are like haikus in the world of cinema—concise, impactful, and capable of evoking profound emotions within a limited space. Besides being pieces of art in themselves, are often an important training ground for filmmakers to hone their craft. Many consider short films to be a proxy for and sometimes complementary to film school […]

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Freytag’s Pyramid: 5 Stages Explanation and Application

Out of the numerous storytelling structures, few get the most limelight in the screenwriting world. Most writers are familiar with the popular names like Save The Cat, Hero’s Journey, Story Circle, and the like; however, one lesser known concept, albeit more popular in literautre, is Freytag’s Pyramid. What is Freytag’s Pyramid? Freytag’s Pyramid is a […]

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Hero’s Journey: 12 Steps, Examples, Use Cases

Once you’ve decided that you need to Outline your story before you start writing the screenplay, you will need to choose between the various storytelling structures out there. The three-act structure as a narrative breakdown can be applied to almost any story. But to further breakdown your story in beats, certain storytelling frameworks can be […]

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Interstellar Plot Breakdown

Interstellar stands out as a cinematic achievement not only for its stunning visuals and Hans Zimmer’s evocative score but also for its screenplay, which skillfully navigates complex scientific concepts while keeping the human experience at its core. The plot follows former NASA pilot Joseph Cooper, who discovers a covert NASA operation. With humanity’s survival at […]

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Inciting Incident: How To Craft A Compelling One

If you’re a screenwriter working in the business or someone who’s just started their journey of becoming one, you would have most certainly come across the term “inciting incident”. It’s the defining incident that set the story in motion. Definition Any event or circumstance (big or small) that changes the direction of the protagonist’s life […]

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Download PK Hindi Movie Script

One of the most celebrated movies of the last decade, “PK”, directed by Rajkumar Hirani and co-written by him and Abhijat Joshi, is a Bollywood movie which was the highest-grossing hindi movie at the time. Released in 2014, this satirical science fiction comedy-drama takes a bold and unconventional approach to tackle societal norms and religious […]

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How To Write A Non-Linear Screenplay

One of the key structuring decisions, before you begin writing your screenplay, is whether to keep it linear or non-linear. Both are techniques that deal with time. Unlike the three-act structure which primarily concerns itself with the overall narrative arc, linear and non linear structures dictate the sequencing of events ie. the order in which […]

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Understanding and Applying the Five Act Structure

In contemporary storytelling, screenwriters and authors often draw from a variety of structural models, including the traditional three-act structure, to shape their narratives. This is the most common and basic structure for a new writer to get started to understand the foundations of constructing a story. Once you go deeper, you will find many such […]

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Essential Screenwriting Podcasts: Our Top 6 Picks

Books are great for learning the technical aspects of screenwriting. They can be especially useful before you start writing. But often when you’re in the middle of writing your screenplay, what you need most is motivation. That’s where podcasts come in handy. They’re not just more convenient to consume; they also offer a more dynamic […]

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7 Books Every Screenwriting Student Should Read

Everyone is a storyteller. The medium may differ, and the talent may vary but innately everyone has at some point worn the hat of a storyteller. Not everyone has or needs to read technical books to learn screenwriting. Whether you’ve told them through writing short stories or by narrating a funny incident that happened to […]