Creating Dynamic Scenes

Nothing about screenwriting is easy except for fantasizing about how you’re going to spend the money from the sale of your first spec script. Yes, it’s tough to create interesting, fresh characters. And it’s a challenge to devise a story that grips the reader. Of course, dialogue can be a stumbling point, but writers with good ears can pick authentic conversation on the street. These are all difficult, but the most difficult component of a screenplay for almost every writer, neophyte or veteran, is the scene. Its structure, its pace, its purpose, its tension – all present formidable challenges. And untrained writers often find themselves with scenes, and therefore screenplays, that just don’t work.


The goal of the talk is to learn how to write a gripping scene that makes the reader want to read the next scene. We’ll examine scenes that work in contemporary film – how they’re structured, how they’re paced, how they’re held together. We’ll delve into the purpose of scenes and how they achieve their purpose, as well as their proper place in the screenplay.


While the attendance at this talk doesn’t guarantee you’ll write a great screenplay, without great scenes, there are no great screenplays.


Paul Chitlik has written for all the major networks and studios in English and in Spanish. He was story editor for MGM/UA'S "The New Twilight Zone," and staff writer for Showtime's sitcom "Brothers." He has written features for Rysher Entertainment, NuImage, Promark, Mainline Releasing, and others. He has directed episodes and been coordinating producer for “Real Stories of the Highway Patrol” and “U.S. Customs Classified.” He wrote and produced “Alien Abduction,” the first network movie shot on digital video for UPN. Most recently he wrote, produced and directed “The Wedding Dress,” for Amazon Prime. He received a Writers Guild of America award nomination for his work on "The Twilight Zone" and a GLAAD Media Award nomination for "Los Beltrán,” a Telemundo show. He won a Genesis Award for a Showtime Family movie.

He has taught in the MFA programs of UCLA, the University of Barcelona’s film school ESCAC, Cuba’s film school EICTV, Chile’s film school UNIACC, The University of Zulia in Venezuela, The Panamerican University in Mexico City, The Story Academy of Sweden and as a clinical associate professor at Loyola Marymount University

Other classes at Story Expo by Paul:

Kickstarting Your Writing Day 

Approaching The Rewrite