Category Archives: Screenwriting

Big Story Screenwriting Competition

5 Ways to Write Better Dialogue and Bring Characters to Life

Write better dialogue – it can make or break any work of fiction. A great idea, brought to life with fast-paced action and good characterization, can fall flat if the words your characters speak are not believable. Like any other aspect of fiction writing, it takes practice to write better dialogue, but there are ways to maximize your chances of bringing your characters to life through the words they speak. You can develop ways to write better dialogue by using these methods…
Continue reading

Beeban Kidron The Shared Wonder of Film


“Beeban Kidron – The Shared Wonder of Film” is a short video of Beeban Kidron’s TED Talk in 2012. Kidron is known for her work as a director and co-founder of FILMCLUB.

“[Young people] are negotiating a world with infinite choice, but little culture of how to find meaningful experience.”

“We are increasingly offered a diet [by Hollywood] in which sensation, not story, is king.”

The TED Talk description: “Movies have the power to create a shared narrative experience and to shape memories and worldviews. British film director Beeban Kidron invokes iconic film scenes — from Miracle in Milan to Boyz n the Hood — as she shows how her group FILMCLUB shares great films with kids.” Beeban Kidron directed Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. She also cofounded FILMCLUB, a charity for students devoted to the art of storytelling through film. More from Kidron’s bio:
Continue reading

The Clues to a Great Story with Andrew Stanton


“The Clues to a Great Story” features Oscar®-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (Toy Story, WALL-E, Monsters, Inc.) sharing what he knows about storytelling…starting at the end and working back to the beginning.

Stanton was educated at The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Los Angeles, where he studied character animation. Stanton began working as a writer on the TV series Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures (1987) after he graduated. In 1990, he became the second animator and ninth employee to join Pixar Animation Studios. Return to Thumbnail View.

[lightbox link=”″ rel=0″]Large Player[/lightbox] or [lightbox link=”″ rel=0″]Really Large Player[/lightbox]

Continue reading

Who Was Leigh Brackett? A Screenwriter’s Life

Not everyone would think of Leigh Brackett as a household name. She was an American author and screenwriter, particularly of science fiction from the 1940’s through the 1970’s. Brackett became a screenwriter early and then returned to film later in life. Known for her work on such films as The Big Sleep (1945), Rio Bravo (1959), and later The Long Goodbye (1973) and Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980). She worked with many industry luminaries including Ray Bradbury, Howard Hawks, Robert Altman, William Faulkner and George Lucas.
Continue reading