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“Make Something Happen Quickly” Davah Avena...

“Make Something Happen Quickly” Davah Avena on ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ Are TV musical comedies having a moment? NBC thinks so with their comedy TV series Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. Queue a show...
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Carolina Groppa Explains Exactly What Film Producers Do. So Be Nice To Them

For as long as the film industry has existed, so have producers. But so has the general public’s confusion about what producers actually do. It’s surprising how poorly it is understood given the importance of this high profile position....
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“America’s Story, by a Black Woman” Screenwriter Elle Johnson...

“America’s Story, by a Black Woman” Screenwriter Elle Johnson on ‘Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker’ “I got my start by giving myself a start.Don’t wait for the opportunities to come.You...
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111 Free Tools to Help You Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

There are more than 10,000 coronavirus cases and more than 150 deaths in the U.S., according to the CDC. The stock market has taken a hit. Businesses are losing customers, and workers are losing jobs. It has become frightening,...
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7 Screenwriting Hacks If You’re Stuck

Hands up if you’ve ever been stuck on a scene while writing your screenplay. Come on. Be honest. The scene that causes you to sweat profusely and gives you heart palpitations. (If that happens, walk away from your computer for a while). Every...
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Building and Revealing Character

Simple but powerful tools for building fascinating characters and revealing their inner truth. I get Dr. Format questions flung at me every day it seems, and many of the questions have nothing to do with formatting.  For example,...
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“What Would Picard Do?” Kirsten Beyer On Co-Creating ‘Star Trek: Picard’

TV writer Kirsten Beyer is considered the knower of all things Star Trek. She seemingly burst onto our screens from writing oblivion to co-create Star Trek: Picard. Kirsten has been busy writing novels in the Star Trek Universe including Voyager and...
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8 Ways Successful People Master Resilience

Resilience is an amazing skill that helps us recover quickly from difficulties. If you are resilient, you have an innate ability to keep getting up when life knocks you down. You have learned how to bounce back and keep going.We build our...
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Everything You've Wanted To Know About Voice Over And Off Screen

QUESTION: Could you please clearly explain O.S. and V.O.? I hear different things from different people, and sometimes I see O.C. in older scripts. I'm starting to get obsessed about this.ANSWER: In addition to your question above, I have received...
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Let’s Talk About Subtext In Screenwriting

Subtext – n.The underlying personality of a dramatic character as implied or indicated by a script or text. An inner world. A place glimpsed peripherally. Overtones.In screenwriting, subtext is implicit (intimated) versus explicit...
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“I Want To See Something I Haven’t Seen Or Felt Before” Says Roger Avary

Academy Award™-winning Screenwriter Roger Avary graced onto our screens in a big way after co-writing a little indie film called Pulp Fiction with an equally little-known screenwriter Quentin Tarantino. Avary continued his...
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But… Do I Really Have to Outline?

(Hint: It’s a Screenwriting Career Requirement!) Here’s the thing: Over the years I’ve heard every reason why writers hate writing outlines. They kill the magic. They leave no space for discovery. They are too confining. They take...
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TWIC/When is Your Screenplay or Pilot Ready for Competitions?

At a Career Coaching Intake Session this week, a new client just at the start of her screenwriting journey and wanting to make sure she goes about it in the smartest way possible, came to meet me armed with questions. She told me that she...
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Comedy Writing Q & A: Sketch Writing

Katy Segrove asks: "Any particular tips for approaching sketch writing? In particular, any advice for coming up with strong endings?"Endings for sketches are tough-- that's why Python used to simply skip to another sketch or make a...
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Amy Amani Talks “When In Rome” & “Dazzleland”

Amy Amani is one of ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2020. Here is her writing journey. When I watch a movie or TV I like to be transported, to escape. My writing reflects that need to break from reality and to be a...
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T. Siena Talks “Border Dogs”

T. Siena is one of ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2020. Born in the US and raised in a rural Italian village, her earliest memories are of hiding in the forest around Gypsy campfires and listening to the Romani...
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M.B. Sieve Talks “Prayer”

M.B. Sieve is one of ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2020. He has garnered over sixty film writing awards including Grand Prize for Best Screenplay at the Nevada International Film Festival and the Beverly Hills...
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Victoria Lucia Talks “Out Of F*cking Time”

Victoria Lucia is one of ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2020. She was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. As a biracial woman, Victoria finds herself interested in exploring “otherness” in her...
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Bonnie Gross Talks “Lady Parts”

Bonnie Gross is one of ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2020. She is a comedy television and sketch comedy writer/producer, who likes to tell the stories of strong and dynamic females. She hopes to change the conversation...
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MLiz Talks “Third Party”

MLiz is one of ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2020. She is an award-winning Los Angeles based writer-director who originally hails from Seattle. Her independent web series Manic Pixie Dream Wife toured the world at...
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