First Draft

  • see First Draft: When Is It OK For Your Script to Use On-the-Nose Dialogue?

    In partnership with Creative Screenwriting and ScreenCraft, we’re publishing “First Draft,” a series on everything to do with screenwriting. Near the end of Richard Wenk’s screenplay for 16 Blocks (which...

  • First Draft: Build Your Rewriting Chops With This Case Study From The Hateful Eight

    In partnership with Creative Screenwriting and ScreenCraft, we’re publishing “First Draft,” a series on everything to do with screenwriting. Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight had a notoriously difficult...

  • First Draft: Learn Techniques of Story Progression From Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    In partnership with Creative Screenwriting and ScreenCraft, “First Draft” is a series on everything to do with screenwriting. Comparing two drafts of a script can be hugely instructive,...

  • First Draft: Understand The Humility Arc To Allow Your Story’s Heroes To Succeed

    In partnership with Creative Screenwriting and ScreenCraft, “First Draft” is a series on everything to do with screenwriting. What quality makes a hero? What single trait must a...

  • First Draft: What are Plot Patterns, and Why Should You Identify Them in Movies?

    In partnership with Creative Screenwriting and ScreenCraft, “First Draft” is a series on everything to do with screenwriting. What if I told you Star Wars and The Godfather...

  • First Draft: Crafting Supervillains by Pushing Your Antagonists Over the Edge

    In partnership with the blog ScreenCraft, we’re publishing “First Draft,” a series on everything to do with screenwriting. The importance of the superhero in today’s...

  • First Draft: How to Develop and Nurse a Theme Throughout Your Narrative

    In partnership with the blog ScreenCraft, we’re publishing “First Draft,” a series on everything to do with screenwriting. From academics in film school to producers...

  • First Draft: The Most Common Mistake in Spec Scripts (And Four Ways to Avoid Making It)

    In partnership with Creative Screenwriting and ScreenCraft, “First Draft” is a series on everything to do with screenwriting. Finding the right concept to base your next work on...

  • First Draft: How To Create Moments For Your Characters To Shine

    In partnership with Creative Screenwriting and ScreenCraft, “First Draft” is a series on everything to do with screenwriting. Moments: They’re what the audience remembers about a great movie, what actors...

  • First Draft: How Screenwriters Can Fix the Broken Hollywood System

    In partnership with the blog ScreenCraft, we’re publishing “First Draft,” a series on everything to do with screenwriting. Hollywood development is broken, caught in a...