True Heroes, LEGOs, and Bad Scripts: An Interview with Robert McKee – Part II
John Bucher continues the discussion on story’s past, present, and future with Robert McKee.
How Director Nick Hamm Found John DeLorean’s Story in Driven
Nick Hamm's Driven is a fast-paced, comedic crime thriller of a bromance gone wrong between John DeLorean, played by Lee Pace, and Jim Hoffman, played by Jason Sudeikis.
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.
What Festival Programmers Want You to Know
Festival directors and programmers are just as passionate and dedicated to films as the filmmakers themselves. But filmmakers primarily regard them as key gatekeepers in the journey of seeking and building an audience.
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.
Emily Gordan Wants to Know: What's Keeping You From Writing?
These barriers are often of our own making, created by way of excuses to get out of doing the dirty work.
Managing Self-Doubt in Crowdfunding and Marketing
Let’s find a strategy that works for you so you can go into the world confident and ready to share your story in the way most authentic to you.
“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.