Frustrated Intention – the bedfellow of Drama?

November 11, 2021
Bob Eckhard

Okay, so where are we with the scene template? So far we have looked at INT/EXT which is the balance of interior and exterior scenes throughout the screenplay. Then we focused on ensuring the protagonist featured in the majority of these scenes …

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Conflict and the promise of

November 2, 2021
Bob Eckhard

Hi all, Okay, having tackled the need for a balance in interior and exterior scenes throughout the screenplay the protagonist to feature in the majority of the scenes because it’s their story (and) crafting scenes so that there is a …

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Understanding the ‘to’ and ‘fro’ of emotional polarity…

October 27, 2021
Bob Eckhard

Hi all, Okay, following on from last week’s post on the importance of planning your screenplay so that 90% of the scenes centre around the protagonist,  this week we look at the ‘to and fro’ of emotional polarity. Or put …

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Whose scene is it?

October 20, 2021
Bob Eckhard

  Hi all, Okay, following on from last week’s post on the importance of planning screenplay scenes in ways in which EXTERIOR and INTERIORS feature to ensure it is cinematic, this week we turn our attention to the question… Whose …

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The Lesser Known Leap Frog of Interior and Exterior

October 13, 2021
Bob Eckhard

Hi all, Okay, following on from the advice given in the post (before last) about structuring and checking your work for mistakes, we begin today with my  ‘101 Basics’ on the use of INT/EXT in your setting directions – if you …

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The importance of scene structure

August 5, 2021
Bob Eckhard

  Hi all, Sorry to be off blog just recently but I’ve been rewriting a feature that I planned out and wrote several years ago but it required an overhaul of its shape and structure. My problem being that it’s …

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Developing a production mindset

March 31, 2021
Bob Eckhard

Good Morning A couple of years ago, I happened across Andrew Price’s excellent seminar.  Although Andrew is a graphic artist, the seven points he makes have application for all creatives whether they are screenwriters, playwrights, novelists, filmmakers or whatever. Okay …

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Planning for Creativity with plot and theme in mind?

December 10, 2019
Bob Eckhard

  Hi all, Okay, following on from the last post in which I eulogised on the benefit of mounted white boards for keeping track on the development of projects, today I’d like to introduce you to what I term my …

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Generating story ideas from photos? (part 2)

September 3, 2019
Bob Eckhard

Photo – Bob Eckhard. ‘Stone slab bridge over simpering stream…’ Those of you who read my last post will know I left you with the task of developing a story idea for each of the 4 photos I took while in Ireland. …

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Generating story ideas from photos? (part 1)

August 27, 2019
Bob Eckhard

Following on from  last week’s post in which I enthused about using a camera for inspiration for when the muse departs, I’d like to explore today how the actual history behind a photo may provide as much of an engaging …

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