Christopher Nolan’s 20 Tips for Writing Screenplays


This post is by Jason Hellerman from No Film School


The key to making a great movie is to take your time writing it.


Christopher Nolan is the screenwriter of award-winning films like Tenet, Memento, Interstellar, Inception, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Prestige, and Dunkirk. We thought it would be useful to go behind the scenes of his writing process to learn the best screenwriting tips from the visionary auteur.



Nolan’s upcoming film Oppenheimer stars Cillian Murphy, who portrays Oppenheimer, the theoretical physicist. While we wait for that, let’s learn how he writes his screenplays.



Check out this video from Outstanding Screenplays, and let’s talk after the break.






Christopher Nolan’s 20 Tips to Writing Screenplays



1. Avoid making your story superficial. Evoke emotion in the audience through a relatable protagonist.


Emotion is what’s going to carry you through the story. To hook people, make sure they understand the emotions driving the story and propelling our main character’s choices.

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