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.

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L.A. Confidential

Director Curtis Hanson and his co-writer, Brian Helgeland, have taken a massively complex novel by James Ellroy and boiled it down to a no-flab screenplay that still eludes easy synopsis. A mass [...]

Vertigo

At the very beginning of the movie, we see Scottie vaulting across rooftops, struggling to keep up with the policeman ahead of him as he realizes that he is afraid of heights. He is, of course, [...]

The Shawshank Redemption

Frank Darabont has often compared The Shawshank Redemption to a Rorschach test. Written and executed with exceptional skill, it possesses a power that allows viewers to effortlessly empathize [...]

Network

I wanted everyone, every man, woman or child to realize that they had a choice. I wanted them to know that they have the right to get angry, to get mad. They have the right to say to themselves, [...]

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