The Intricate Importance of Theme w/ Consultant, Ruth Atkinson (ISA Sponsored)

Posted: Oct 28, 2015 Hosted By: Max Timm Guest: Ruth Atkinson

It’s no easy feat being a screenwriter. We all know that. But telling a story and writing a script the reader can “see” is only part of the challenge. We also need to ensure the script grabs the reader and keeps them hooked through 100 plus pages all without the benefit of actors, music or special effects. One of the ways to do this effectively is through a compelling theme. In this podcast with long time consultant Ruth Atkinson, we discuss the importance and power of theme, and how every story – from the age of Socrates to present day – has something to say, and saying it through theme.


Ruth believes, and we agree with her, that theme is one of the most important elements of storytelling, but it’s also the most challenging to define. In a nutshell: Theme is what your story is “about”; it is the deeper meaning behind the plot events. It’s the controlling idea that keeps us emotionally engaged and invested through to the very last scene. Ruth discusses in detail how to draw out your theme and uses multiple examples from existing stories.


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