Hayao Miyazaki’s Story Design in SPIRITED AWAY

Today we're looking at the glue that holds the story together—objective and stakes—through Hayao Miyazaki's SPIRITED AWAY. The objective is the tangible and specific goal the protagonist must reach before the end of the story, and the stakes are the consequences if...

How Hayao Miyazaki Writes a Character Arc

We all want to create multifaceted and complex characters in our screenplays, but how do you turn the thread of a character into a living, breathing person on the page? This is where developing a character arc can establish an emotional journey in your protagonist...

How Christopher Nolan Keeps You Invested in INCEPTION

How do you write a complex plot with an in-depth world like in Christopher Nolan's INCEPTION? There are a ton of problems that can arise if the audience doesn't understand your world-building, or they can't keep up with the action. This is where distilling the...