How To Write A Film Treatment (With Examples)

Any filmmaker, writer, or producer looking to sell an idea or get people interested in their work will need to be comfortable writing a film treatment and pitching your ideas. But what exactly is a film treatment? What is a film treatment? A film treatment is a document that outlines the film’s story before the …

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Can You Become A Screenwriter Without A Degree?

Everyone’s always talking about the pros and cons of film school, but is it true? Can you become a screenwriter without a degree? Or do you need a formal screenwriting education to be a screenwriter?  The answer is quite simple: You do not in any way need a degree to be a screenwriter. All you …

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How To Use Pathos In Film (with examples). Part 4

This is Part 4 of a series, where I discuss the rhetorical appeals logos, ethos, and pathos for screenwriters. Read Part 1 here. Read Part 2 here. Read Part 3 here. Why is it some movies just hit us right in the feels, while others can fall flat, even when the characters on screen are …

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How To Use Logos In Film (With Examples). Part 3

This is Part 3 of a series, where I discuss the rhetorical appeals logos, ethos, and pathos for screenwriters. Read Part 1 here. Read Part 2 here. You’re at home, all excited because you just fired up a new movie with an exciting premise that you’ve been waiting to throw on ever since you saw …

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How To Use Ethos In Film (With Examples). Part 2.

This is Part 2 of a series, where I discuss the rhetorical appeals logos, ethos, and pathos for screenwriters. Read Part 1 here. Why is it that some movies with a message resonate so powerfully, while others feel like they are grasping into thin air and unable to come up with anything tangible to say?  …

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How To Use Ethos, Logos, And Pathos In Film (With Examples). Part 1.

Think about your favorite films. What makes them your favorite?  Usually, it’s because there’s some memorable moment, dialogue, character, or message behind them that makes them persuasive.  Have you ever wondered what makes these movies so persuasive? It’s because filmmakers use rhetorical skills like ethos, logos, and pathos to persuade audiences over to their point …

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The Hollywood Model As A Screenwriting Tool (With Examples)

We write a lot about the various narrative story structures that screenwriters use to write their screenplays. Still, one we haven’t covered yet is The Hollywood Model, or what’s known in Denmark as the “Berettermodellen.” So what is The Hollywood Model exactly? The Hollywood Model describes the way a film’s journey builds suspense and tension …

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The Hollywood Story Arc Explained. An Illustrated Guide With Examples.

Have you ever wondered why most Hollywood movies feel… kind of familiar? It’s because most Hollywood movies follow the same narrative arc, a kind of storytelling model, or formula, if you will. So what is the “secret” Hollywood Story Arc? What does it mean? Here’s first a brief explanation and definition: According to the Hollywood …

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How To Use Verbal Irony In Film

The top image features the famous quote by Professor Mason Cooley (1927-2002). It means that simple truths are straightforward and easy to understand. But with irony, the reader/viewer must engage in analytical thinking in order to uncover and appreciate the hidden meaning within the ironic statement that, in turn, challenges this truth. This is the …

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