A Work in Progress – Short Film by Wes Ball

One aspect of filmmaking that I wish I embraced early on is the art of the short film.  These days more than ever it’s a great medium with so many people online and using youtube. There are tons of great 48 hour film challenges.  Gearing up for another one in...

Key Elements Of Story

I asked the Chat GPT plus with a book creator plugin to help me write a military science fiction novel and it gave me a great outline of the basic things needed to get started which I want to share.  1. Setting – **World-Building**: Describe the universe where...

Character Arc

Beliefs Wants Need Character Arc Defined Character arc refers to the transformation or development undergone by a character throughout a story. It’s essentially the journey that a character takes from one emotional, psychological, or moral state to another....

Bad Guys Close In

Explanation of bad guys close in? The “Bad Guys Close In” beat is a storytelling trope commonly found in literature, film, television, and other narrative forms. It typically occurs in the middle of a story, after the protagonist has encountered initial...

Hero’s Journey

The Hero’s Journey is a narrative framework popularized by mythologist Joseph Campbell in his book “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.” It outlines a typical pattern in many myths, legends, and stories from various cultures throughout history. The...

The Film Premise Is Your Calling Card.

I always say that you only get one chance to make a first impression. Of course, this makes me nervous whenever I meet someone for the first time.  As a writer, your first impression is going to be your premise.  Having that high concept with a killer hook that fits...

How Long Should A Screenplay Be?

The old adage about movie script length was under 120 pages for a feature-length film. And while that is true, I believe that 90 pages in the new 120. Think about it like this. If your movie is 90 minutes long, it can screen one additional time per day. If the film is...

Mini Movie Method

In the old days, movies came on film reels. Each reel was about 15 minutes long. The idea of breaking down the story into mini-movies matches up with that. If you have 8 mini-movies that add up to a 2-hour feature-length script. The mini-movie theory also matches up...

what is high concept in film

High-concept films generally need a unique hook in the premise or elevator pitch. This element makes the concept stand out from other films. The “wow” factor captures people’s attention and makes them curious to learn more. The unique hook can be an...

Act 3 Save The Cat Style

If you have read Save the Cat by Blake Snyder, he devised a method to prepare for pitches. He noticed that whenever he pitched a movie concept to a movie executive, he always got the same questions.  He then recognized that the question was about specific beats in the...