A different perspective on the protagonist and antagonist

The most basic question in storytelling is: “Who is your protagonist?”.
That protagonist embarks on a quest to achieve his goal and learns more about himself. Throughout his quest, he fights antagonistic forces and their most known agent: the antagonist.

This template is not mandatory, but the majority of films follow it. They bring a relateable protagonist that the audience roots for, and puts him against the antagonist that the audience roots against. It’s the virtuous hero against the evil villain. The good versus the bad.

A structure like that allows constructing the theme more easily. The theme claims something…


The importance of Improv acting to screenwriters

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Improv acting is a sub-genre of stage performance. It includes actors who go on stage without any preplanned script and run an act. One type of such an act is called Long-Form, and it includes a full 1-hour play with a single story from a start to an end.

At its core, Improve is a strong acting technique that helps actors connect to different characters, but looking closer at this art reveals much more. Long-Form Improve is not character building, it’s a storytelling session, live on stage. Looking into this form’s strategies can improve a screenwriter’s abilities, even without practicing…


The best strategy to improve your screenwriting every day

One of the best mantras screenwriters have is “Always keep on writing”. It’s a great inspirational mantra against hanging the towel, but it’s also a strategy to improve their craft. Most of the time, every new script a create creates will be more professional, with fewer common mistakes. Even if the concept is completely different, the repeated writing helps.

The problem with good mantras is that it is detached from daily life. Writing a new full feature is a very time-consuming task and writers (especially aspiring ones) can’t spend it on a mere practice. Most of them are already juggling…


The importance of remembering your audience grows up

We all have our classics, the books we read as little kids, our teenage book stash, the first movie we watched alone. The entertainment industry is well aware of these nostalgic memories and uses it to create adaptation and remakes, but they sometimes forget the most important thing — the audience grows up as well.

Franchises can be split into two schools of thought: On the one hand stand those who keep each story as it’s own, working on attracting new audiences of the targeted age. …


A strategy to construct deeper characters

Creating deep characters is always a tough job. Many beginner writers receive the common note of “one-dimensional” characters. Every guru or blog always talks about the need for multi-dimensionality. But the question always stands, what do dimensions mean regarding a character? and more importantly, how can it help writing a better story.

First, let’s start with two of the more common definitions I came across. The first was defined by Robert Mckee. He describes a dimension as two contradicting characteristics that pull the character’s behaviour. A more visual view of a character’s dimension according to him looks like that:

Moshe Leibovich

A young film maker and tutor who enjoys learning and and understanding everything new.

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