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Theme Comes From Character

What is the spine of your screenplay? What are you trying to say? What is the theme of your story? Those are questions that can drive even seasoned professional screenwriters crazy. But they are important questions to be able to answer if you want your screenplay to connect with an audience. I’ve often  been surprised …

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Character: The Key to Your Story

I’m taking a break from the Bond blogs for a moment to talk about character. I recently finished taking a 6-week screenwriting workshop and it was an eye opening experience. I hadn’t taken any kind of screenwriting class in several years, and when the opportunity came up to take this workshop, I jumped at the …

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My Favorite Movie Fathers

It’s Father’s Day Weekend. What better way to commemorate that than to give a list of my favorite fathers from cinema. 1) Vito Corleone – The Godfather Vito Corleone is one of the great contradictory characters in cinematic history. He devoted family man who is also a ruthless mobster. He is a loving father who has …

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Those Crazy Mothers

I posted this a few years back, and thought I would dust it off this Mothers Day. I was thinking about the many archetypes that mother characters fit in cinema. The character of mother might be the most versatile of all character types as an audience wouldn’t be surprised to see a mother as a …

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