Only Thing Writers Need To Know About Plot by Matthew Kalil

Film Courage: Are you anti-plot, against plot, in the middle?

Matthew Kalil, Screenwriter/Author/Instructor: I’m definitely not against plot. I wrote sitcom for 25 years and know all about plot. Act breaks happen at certain times and you need to have things happen in certain places to motivate the advert breaks [commercials]. Interestingly enough now with television not having so many advert breaks with Netflix on demand and you don’t have your advert breaks, I think plot is changing slightly. The three-act structure and the terminology around the three-act structure that has developed over the years, it’s really useful after you have written something I find and I just can’t get this out of my head but for me it feels like human beings have been telling stories for thousands of years before we’ve been analyzing them.

So we told stories naturally around the campfires, we told stories about the hunt, where to…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

Bio: Matthew Kalil is a writer, director and script editor. He has written and co-written over 40 produced episodes of TV and has received various grants, development funding and awards. Matthew’s productions have been screened and broadcast in Canada, Denmark, Morocco, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Kenya, South Africa, Thailand, the United States and the United Kingdom. Since receiving his MA in Screenwriting, he has been teaching, writing and mentoring students for close to 20 years. Matthew has developed a unique system of screenwriting theory that helps beginners as well as established screenwriters get in touch with their creative cores. His workshops have touched and inspired thousands of participants. His gentle and insightful script editing guidance has helped many writers realize the stories they were always trying to tell.

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