How to Write an Epic Antagonist – Breaking Down The Joker The video “The Dark Knight — Creating the Ultimate Antagonist” from Lessons from the Screenplay (Listen to Michael from LFTS here) is about the real struggle between the Batman and the Joker. This battle is not so much a battle to the death like most protagonist/antagonist relationships…

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Screenplay Format Demystified: How to Format a Screenplay So you have written a story that you know is really good, but you are having trouble understanding what a proper screenplay format looks like. Why is it really necessary to format your screenplay? Formatting helps to give credibility. A screenplay format allows the reader to be…

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The Ultimate Guide to Screenplay Competitions Back in 1998, when I went to list the BlueCat Screenplay Competition as a new screenplay contest on the Internet, I was surprised to see there were already well over a hundred contests already in existence. This was 20 years ago! I can’t tell you how many have come…

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Winning Screenwriting Competitions: Lessons Learned Years ago when I received word that my screenplay, Control; Alt; Delete, had won not one but two screenwriting competitions, I believed that all the hard work, years of struggle, self-doubt, and rejection had culminated to a glowing achievement that would forever wash away the specter of failure: I had climbed…

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Logline: Why They’re So Darn Important. A Logline: You’ve just finished writing your script and a friend puts you in touch with a film producer looking for her next project. During your conversation with the producer, she asks you, “What’s the logline?” Your insides melt because even though you may know what a logline is, you…

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