The Conflicted Protagonist
While few characters will hold appeal for every audience member, John Bucher shares approaches to flawed characters that decrease the chances of alienating your audience in the process.
Hamlet, Mad Men, and Universals in Storytelling: An Interview with Robert McKee – Part I
John Bucher discusses story’s past, present, and future with the man who literally wrote the book on the subject: Robert McKee.
Saw Writers Share Behind-the-Scenes Secrets
If you’re trying to figure out how to make your horror script work, you’ve probably read the scripts of writing team Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. And if you haven’t, you need to.
Mark Steven Johnson, Writer of Finding Steve McQueen, on Identity and Layered Characters
Mark Steven Johnson stepped behind the lens to direct Finding Steve McQueen, the true story of a gang of Ohio bank robbers that attempted to steal $30 million from President Richard Nixon’s secret illegal fund.
Not-Boring Legal Agreements for Film & TV Writers
When your screenplay finally finds a buyer, you'll need legal advice. Ken Aguado shares insights into the legal agreements every screenwriter must know.
The Burdens Your Characters Bear
One of the key insights for crafting characters that feel real is determining what weighs on their mind as they go about their day – their burdens.
SKIN: Guy Nattiv on the Journey from Oscar-Winning Short to Feature
Oscar-winning filmmaker Guy Nattiv sat down with LA Screenwriter’s John Bucher to discuss the process that lead to his film getting made as well as his own creative practice.
Q&A: Fundamental Principles of Story Setups and Payoffs
One of the most vital yet least discussed aspects of effective storytelling is the ability to execute potent setups and payoffs.
Sun, Moon, and Stars: Using Astronomical Symbols in Your Story
There are perhaps no other elements used more often in these early stories than the celestial bodies people saw when they stared into the sky.
“Who wouldn’t want to see that?” – A Chat with The Secret Life of Pets Writer Brian Lynch
You may not have heard Brian Lynch’s name, but you definitely know his work. He’s one of the writers behind Hop, Puss in Boots, and Minions—the eleventh highest grossing animated movie of all time.
Sex and Love Addiction: Charlene deGuzman on Unlovable
Only the bravest writers dare to share their difficulties, embarrassments, and addictions with their audiences. Charlene deGuzman is just such a brave writer.
Ron Howard on Netflix's Hillbilly Elegy
LA Screenwriter’s John Bucher interviews director Ron Howard on "Hillbilly Elegy."
Scott Neustadter on the Script You "Can’t Not Write"
Scott Neustadter discusses the challenges of turning a true story into a cinematic experience, how he and Michael sold their first script, and his search for the story he “can’t not write.”
Desire and Character
Before we can subtly communicate the desires of our character to the audience, we have to fully understand those desires ourselves.
Person to Person: A Conversation with Writer/Director Dustin Guy Defa
Dustin Guy Defa discusses how he approached the structure of "Person to Person," writing genuine dialogue, and the benefits and drawbacks of complete creative control.