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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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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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How to Apply the 3 Act Structure (using Psychology)

Many writers despise working with storytelling rules. While there is merit in letting your thoughts flow freely to create something uniquely artistic, if you’re in the commercial arts then understanding how human psychology and motivation work might be useful to write a film that resonates with the viewer. This synthesis of structure and psychology will […]

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The Three Act Structure: Your Guide to Effective Storytelling

The three act structure is a general storytelling blueprint. Whether you’re a novelist, playwright, or a screenwriter, it serves as a useful guide in crafting your narrative. While some writers find this approach in constructing stories to be formulaic and unartistic, the three act structure isn’t a storytelling “hack” or prescription but a framework that […]

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What is Blake Snyder’s Save The Cat Beat Sheet (with Examples)

Story frameworks help you map out your myriad ideas into a screenplay. In the year 2005, Blake Snyder famously introduced a 15 point beat sheet in his book book “Save The Cat”. It provides a set of 15 clearly defined elements that every screenplay should have. Additionally it also specifies what page or page range […]