- March 4, 2015
Sometimes, even a flawed script can give you tremendous insights as a writer, not only as to what makes…
- November 20, 2014
Oftentimes, in early drafts, we’re so concerned with what happens in our story (the plot) that we end up…
- January 4, 2014
What the heck is an archetype?
By Jacob KruegerJust 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.
- December 18, 2013
Does Your Character Actually Arc?
By Jacob KruegerAnyone 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.
- December 11, 2013
All writers, at some point in their careers, have found themselves feeling disconnected from their characters.
- September 26, 2013
Is Your Screenplay Ready For a Star? By Jacob Krueger Everybody knows that if you want to get your...
- March 31, 2013
If you’ve ever been part of a writing class, you’ve probably had the dangers of cliché burned into your…
- 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.
- November 8, 2012
Creating a believable antagonist is about more than just coming up with nefarious plans.