My two cents: nothing beats completing detailed, written analysis of film to truly understand the craft of screenwriting. Break down the movies you love like I’ve done here. Just sit down with whatever movie you can’t get enough of and write what you see on the screen. And read the script, too. Detect patterns. Dissect dialogue. Dig into theme. Learn from the films you love. That’s what a lot of the content here on this site was for me; me trying to figure out what makes a great story. I hope it helps.
File this one under closing image masterclass. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen the Breakfast Club. It’s not one of my favorites but it’s been on my radar for at least thirty years. My [...]