Rajaneeshwar
Screenwriter, filmmaker, cinephile, and a curious creature. Connect me on Twitter: @rajaneeshwar

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  1. Who am I?
  2. What do I offer?
  3. Featured stories

Who Am I?

Hi. I am a screenwriter/filmmaker swimming in the sea of cinema, endeavoring to make the films I want to make.

I quit my job a few years ago to fulfill my intention as a professional storyteller. It has been a “burning hell” of a journey so far. But I am much happier now than when I was doing ($ 😆) fine.

What Do I Offer?

In general, everything about the story, characters, and storytelling, but it doesn’t just stop there. Some topics go beyond story and film.

I will be exploring technical, psychological, and philosophical…


Investigate if you have similar errors in your screenplay

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Image by Gage Skidmore from Wikimedia Commons

I’m not going to smash Wonder Woman 1984 like the rest of the reviews. I admit that I did enjoy the film. I needed something different in this low-spirited pandemic time, and WW84 gave a few elements I aspired.

I appreciate the intent behind this particular story and the message this movie tried to convey. Also, the cinematography was refreshing compared to the rest of the DC Extended Universe films.

However, the story’s misplaced rhythm and some core storytelling choices made WW84 a disconnected cinema experience.

Many reviewers repeatedly made fun of the idea of wishing stone and comparing the…


Tell your story with an appropriate opening scene

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Photo by Ayo Ogunseinde on Unsplash

Before I begin, let me make one thing clear. I am not going to offer any quick-fix formula or a magical solution. My observation is wholly based on my analysis of the filmmakers/writers I admire and how they used their craft algorithmically.

An opening scene is the first storytelling instrument that the audience gets influenced. If I put it another way, an opening scene is the first communication component from a storyteller(s) to the audience.

You can write a compelling opening scene using the following two ways:

  1. Opening with the central character(s) conflict.
  2. Opening with the central story conflict.

1. Opening with the central character(s) conflict

A…


Choose your alter ego wisely

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Photo by Eugene Lagunov on Unsplash | Edited by Rajaneeshwar

Arthur Fleck and Bruce Wayne are the two kids who grew up with a tough childhood, but one became a hero, and the other became a villain. How? If I say it’s because of money, that will be an oversimplification.

Many superhero films were released past ten years, like never been before. Most of these movies made just with the intention of financial gain.

I’m not saying that these movies didn’t attempt to innovate. Indeed they did in the filmmaking aspect.

Still, there is not much memorable and robust characterization of the antagonism in these movies. …


Cracking the Screenplay Secret

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Photo by Stem List on Unsplash

Table of Contents

  1. What is a Plot Point?
  2. What is Plot Point One?
  3. What is Plot Point Two?
  4. The Connection

What is a Plot Point?

A plot point is a significant story event that turns the narrative around in a different direction. Prominently a character’s action contributes to this change.

There can be many twists and turning points in a story, but following two primary plot points maintain the narration’s stability in a film or screenplay.

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What is Plot Point One?

Plot Point One arrives at about the 25 percent mark in a film. It’s often called a “point of no return.”

Plot Point One is the first significant…


Concept, Character, Theme, Structure, and Scene Execution

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Image by Raffi Asdourian from Wikimedia Commons
  1. Concept
  2. Character
  3. Theme
  4. Structure
  5. Scene Execution

“It is No 1 [The Social Network] because it’s the best, that’s all! It crushes all the competition,” — Quentin Tarantino

The Social Network is one of the best movies of the last decade undeniably. It never fails to entertain me as an audience and teaches me a distinct aspect of filmmaking every time I rewatch. The film false under the biography/drama genre, but every phase of the film feels like an action/thriller genre.

I invested quite some time to understand the effort behind Aaron Sorkin’s writing process and how he made the story/screenplay…


Filmmaking Guide

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Photo by Hunter Moranville on Unsplash

“Size of the subject(s) in a frame.”

A shot is a composed sequence of frames that runs for an uninterrupted period. The filmmakers use shots to highlight emotional momentums, concepts, and actions for each scene in a limited time.


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Image by 愚木混株 Cdd20 from Pixabay

She is a Giggly, Giggly Lioness

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