What Writers Need To Know About Raising The Stakes – Shannan E. Johnson

Film Courage: What can you teach us about raising the stakes?

Writer/Instructor and Script Consultant Shannan E. Johnson (The Professional Pen): I think the biggest thing to think about when raising the stakes is how is it then going to affect the rest of the story? Sometimes the stakes will be raised just because the stakes need to be raised, right? There will be this extra thing that is just thrown in there so people can go Ohhh!! But again if it’s not attached to anything, if it’s not going to make our character have to make…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

 

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About Shannan:

After grad school I became a junior creative executive at NBCUniversal at the Syfy Channel. I was there for the rebrand. Remember Sci Fi? Yeah, not really. Anywho, it was my job to help writers and producers take their ideas from pitch to production. I co-exec’d on Alphas, Being Human, Haven, Sanctuary, Warehouse 13, and more Syfy dramedies. This is how I honed my skill in all stages of the screenwriting process…(read more here).


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