The Directing Style of David Fincher

If you’re familiar with David Fincher movies, you know they focus on serial killers, robbers, brawlers, and murderers alike. You might also know that he has a reputation for being an exacting, obsessively technical director.  However, dark subjects and visual meticulousness belie Fincher’s overlooked secret weapon: his ability to connect with actors on a human level… Continue reading The Directing Style of David Fincher

What is Structural Irony? Definition and Examples for Screenwriters

⌂ OverviewVerbal IronySituational IronyDramatic Irony Structural irony is born when the characters are completely unaware of the situation they are in. Often, this is due to their lack of intelligence or ignorance. Either way, this subtype of situational irony is a foolproof recipe for comedy but it also works in drama as well. We’re going… Continue reading What is Structural Irony? Definition and Examples for Screenwriters

What is Poetic Justice? Definition and Examples for Screenwriters

⌂ OverviewVerbal IronySituational IronyDramatic Irony Karma can be a very satisfying element in storytelling and that’s exactly what poetic justice (aka poetic irony) can provide. There is a risk that the attempt at poetic irony might come across as trite or unrealistic but when it works, it works. What is poetic justice? Let’s define it… Continue reading What is Poetic Justice? Definition and Examples for Screenwriters

What is Verbal Irony? Definition and Examples for Screenwriters

⌂ OverviewVerbal IronySituational IronyDramatic Irony Verbal irony is the most common type of irony because it’s tied directly to language – which we use every day. But what is verbal irony exactly and what are its different subtypes? We’re going to answer those questions by exploring how verbal irony can add depth and complexity to… Continue reading What is Verbal Irony? Definition and Examples for Screenwriters

How to Collaborate with Comments in StudioBinder

When you want feedback on your script or when you’re heading into production, communication is essential. This usually involves a series of emails, phone calls, or handwritten notes–all from different sources. These become difficult to organize and easy to lose. When you’re working with a project in StudioBinder, there’s no need for external apps, Word documents,… Continue reading How to Collaborate with Comments in StudioBinder

Best M. Night Shyamalan Movies, Ranked for Filmmakers

Best Shyamalan MoviesShyamalan’s Style ExplainedThe Return of M. Night Shyamalan When you think of the most iconic film directors, you can often discount their first couple of films — few filmmakers are geniuses out of the gate. Other directors start strong but end their careers with a painful series of flops. But almost no other… Continue reading Best M. Night Shyamalan Movies, Ranked for Filmmakers

20 Best Werewolf Movies to Watch Right Now

Werewolves predate almost every other fictional monster. So, why aren’t werewolf films very popular?  Perhaps it comes down to a practical issue. The make-up is labor intensive. The transformation sequence might take longer to shoot than the rest of the film. The most important criteria for judging werewolf movies is the creature effects. The werewolf… Continue reading 20 Best Werewolf Movies to Watch Right Now

What is Overstatement? Definition and Examples for Screenwriters

⌂ OverviewVerbal IronySituational IronyDramatic Irony Sometimes you just can’t find the words to express how you feel. To match the depth or intensity of what you’re trying to communicate, you need something like overstatement. As one of the subtypes of verbal irony, overstatement allows the speaker to communicate in hyperbole to get their point across.… Continue reading What is Overstatement? Definition and Examples for Screenwriters

Welcome to the Shyamalan-aissance — What a Twist!

Best Shyamalan MoviesShyamalan’s Style ExplainedThe Return of M. Night Shyamalan I’ve been a fan of M. Night Shyamalan for years, and that includes the 9-year gap between Lady in the Water and The Visit when it was challenging for everyone involved. I don’t love every Shyamalan movie, but I don’t despise his misfires either —… Continue reading Welcome to the Shyamalan-aissance — What a Twist!

What We Can Learn from “Making Movies” by Sidney Lumet

Sidney Lumet directed feature films and television for over 50 years. In other words, we can learn a lot from his perspective about the film business and film directing. We were lucky enough that Lumet decided to share these thoughts in book form. “Making Movies” by Sidney Lumet is an invaluable resource for any filmmaker.… Continue reading What We Can Learn from “Making Movies” by Sidney Lumet

Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek: Should This Be Tarantino’s Last Movie?

Best Tarantino MoviesQT’s Directing StyleQT Directing Tips QT DialogueOnce Upon a Time AnalysisBasterds Breakdown Speculation about Tarantino’s last movie has now reached full tilt — but are we really ready for Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek? There is only one final film to go before we find out if QT was bluffing or not. But what… Continue reading Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek: Should This Be Tarantino’s Last Movie?

“It Chapter Two” Review: Bigger Not Better

The second and concluding chapter in director Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It is here. The Losers Club are all grown up as they return to their childhood town to battle inner and outer demons. The cast is impressive, the visuals are stunning, and the imagination on display is undeniable. But that doesn’t translate to… Continue reading “It Chapter Two” Review: Bigger Not Better

10 Best Movies on Netflix — A Playlist for Filmmakers (September 2019)

For filmmakers, Netflix is an invaluable resource. With this library of movies at your fingertips, you can watch just about anything. The problem is sifting through the seemingly endless titles to find the really good stuff. If it doesn’t pop up on the main page, you’ve got to search. Fear not, intrepid explorer, we’ve got… Continue reading 10 Best Movies on Netflix — A Playlist for Filmmakers (September 2019)

How to Format a Script with Keyboard Shortcuts

Proper screenplay format is a necessary evil. Some rules are set in stone while others can be left up to a writer’s preference–the lack of consensus can certainly be frustrating. So, what’s a writer to do? The first step is to use a screenwriting program, like StudioBinder. This ensures that most of your formatting concerns are dealt… Continue reading How to Format a Script with Keyboard Shortcuts

What is Dramatic Irony? Definition and Examples for Screenwriters

⌂ OverviewVerbal IronySituational IronyDramatic Irony Dramatic irony is one of the three main types of irony. Like verbal and situational irony, dramatic irony is an integral element of storytelling. The power a writer or director can yield with a firm grasp of dramatic irony is huge. But what is dramatic irony and how does it… Continue reading What is Dramatic Irony? Definition and Examples for Screenwriters

What is Situational Irony? Definition and Examples

⌂ OverviewVerbal IronySituational IronyDramatic Irony Situational irony is a broad term with near-endless applications. At a fundamental level, every story has some aspect of situational irony – which means that it’s a key component of storytelling. But what is situational irony? We’re going to define situational irony by looking at situational irony examples in film… Continue reading What is Situational Irony? Definition and Examples

How to Make Script Changes in StudioBinder

Scripts are constantly evolving. That’s just what they do. New scenes are added and old scenes are deleted throughout pre-production and production.  How do these new changes affect your project?  In StudioBinder, making script changes is easy and your project is kept intact. We’re going to walk through the process of how to make script changes, syncing… Continue reading How to Make Script Changes in StudioBinder

How to Write Script Notes in StudioBinder (with Industry Examples of Script Notes)

Whether you’re writing the first draft or sharing the final draft with your collaborators, taking notes is critical. Keeping these thoughts, suggestions, or inspirations organized can be a difficult task. But we’ve solved the problem. Script Notes is an extremely valuable resource that will help keep your ideas intact and accessible so you can stay productive. We’ve created… Continue reading How to Write Script Notes in StudioBinder (with Industry Examples of Script Notes)

What is Cosmic Irony? Definition and Examples For Screenwriters

⌂ OverviewVerbal IronySituational IronyDramatic Irony There are many types of irony out there. Within the main branch of situational irony lies a version with a supernatural twist⏤cosmic irony. The main thrust of this series is getting writers to embrace irony as a tool that will add a level of depth and nuance to their work.… Continue reading What is Cosmic Irony? Definition and Examples For Screenwriters