Story structure

Dead Poets Society Climax - Boys stand on their desks -

The films we love tend to have profoundly moving climaxes. In my next 10 posts I’ll explore how to craft a truly transcendent ending.

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Girl getting on school bus

My final tips to the departing AFTRS Grad Cert Screenwriting cohort of 2013.

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Allen Palmer on the final day of AFTRS Grad Cert Screenwriting 2013 - They're called moving pictures. So move me.

Last Saturday I farewelled the outstanding AFTRS Grad Cert Screenwriting cohort of 2013 and I have to say it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life.

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Anne Hathway as Fantine in Les Miserables

If you want to write a Transcendent Story, don’t think happy or sad ending. Think “Ecstatic Agony”. Here I explore what that means and why it’s so powerful.

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The Godfather movie poster - Marlon Brando as Don Corleone

Here I identify five characteristics of the Transcendent Story that can touch both broad audiences and tough critics.

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Here I introduce the very special sort of story that can reunite the disparate Hollywood and Indie audiences and achieve the filmmaking Holy Grail: critical and commercial success.

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Mexican stand-off Reservoir Dogs Harvey Keitel vs Steve Buscemi

Sick of soul-less Hollywood blockbusters? Me too. But I’ve also had a gutful of two-act, too-cool-for-school indie pics. I’m proposing a crazy idea – a rapprochement between Character and Story. No, really, I think it can work.

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AFTRS logo

If you like the Cracking Yarns blog and are committed to becoming a screenwriter, you need to apply for the new AFTRS Grad Cert Screenwriting Fundamentals by Nov 1.

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Old-fashioned typewriter

Here I illustrate the Hero’s Emotional Journey with examples from my own torturous but ultimately rewarding life as a screenwriter.

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The Kings Speech Bertie Colin Firth Empire Games Humiliation Wembley Big Microphone

In my last post, I revealed where I diverge from Vogler on Character Arc. Here I outline a new Hero’s Journey that focuses on the protagonist’s emotional journey.

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