• PODCAST – 50 Shades of Grey: Could It Have Been a Great Script?

    March 4, 2015

    Sometimes, even a flawed script can give you tremendous insights as a writer, not only as to what makes…

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  • REVISION TIP #8 – Follow Your Character’s Want

    November 20, 2014

    Oftentimes, in early drafts, we’re so concerned with what happens in our story (the plot) that we end up…

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  • VIDEO – What the Heck is An Archetype?

    January 4, 2014

    What the heck is an archetype? 

    By Jacob Krueger

    Just about every screenwriting teacher since Joseph Campbell has talked about the vital importance of creating archetypal characters in a screenplay. So why is it that writers attempting to capture these archetypal characters so often end up inadvertently creating paper thin stereotypes again? Much of the confusion comes from the way these archetypes are taught. From the intellectual musings of James Bonnett’s Stealing Fire From The Gods to the uber-commercial formulas of Blake Snyder’s Save The Cat, everyone writing on the subject seems to have their own contradictory approach to naming and categorizing these archetypes, and their own formula for how these archetypes should come together to shape your character’s “hero’s journey.” So what exactly is an archetype? And how are you supposed to make sense of all these conflicting theories, so you can get the most out of the archetypal characters in your story? In this new video, Award Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger tracks the concept of archetypes back to their psychological source: Jung’s theory of the Collective Unconscious. You’ll learn how to get beyond the confusing intellectual theories of archetypes, and connect to the archetypal characters in your own story in a visceral, emotional way. Rather than focusing on naming and categorizing archetypes, or rigid formulas for building an archetypal journey, you’ll discover an approach to connect to the compelling archetypes in yourself, and bring them to the page in the way that only you could write them.
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  • VIDEO – Does Your Character Actually Arc?

    December 18, 2013

    Does Your Character Actually Arc? 

    By Jacob Krueger

    Anyone who’s ever taken a class or read a book about how to write a screenplay has heard more than their fair share about the importance of a character’s arc. There’s only one problem: in the best movies a character’s journey rarely looks like an arc at all. In this new video, we’ll take a closer look at the myth of a character’s arc, and discuss a groundbreaking new way of thinking about and constructing your character’s journey.
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  • VIDEO – How To Find a Great Character

    December 11, 2013

    All writers, at some point in their careers, have found themselves feeling disconnected from their characters.

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  • Is Your Screenplay Ready For a Star?

    September 26, 2013

    Is Your Screenplay Ready For a Star? By Jacob Krueger Everybody knows that if you want to get your...

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  • The Truth About Truth & Cliche

    March 31, 2013

    If you’ve ever been part of a writing class, you’ve probably had the dangers of cliché burned into your…

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  • What Is Your Character’s Wish-Song?

    November 15, 2012

    In musicals, it’s easy to connect with a character’s wish-song, because they tend to sing it right at us.

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  • Creating The Perfect Villain

    November 8, 2012

    Creating a believable antagonist is about more than just coming up with nefarious plans.

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