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How to be Funny During a Pandemic

Mark Twain said that comedy is “tragedy plus time,” but where’s the comedy in the middle of the tragedy? And we’re all familiar with the concept of whistling past the graveyard. But how can you create comedy when you’re...
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“Vida” Enjoyed Three Glorious Seasons On Starz And Opened The Doors To More

“Vida” Enjoyed Three Glorious Seasons On Starz And Opened The Doors To More LatinX TV Series: Tanya Saracho is the showrunner behind the popular LatinX television series, Vida on Starz. Vida is more than a...
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7 Things You Need To Know About Adaptations

I’m sure there’ve been many times when you’ve read that book, graphic novel, or even listened to a song and thought… that would make a great movie or TV show. The popularity and success of such works have created an...
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“Writing Impactful Jokes For Satire” Says Megan Ganz, TV Comedy Writer.

“Writing Impactful Jokes For Satire” Says Megan Ganz, TV Comedy Writer On ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ & ‘Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet’: Megan Ganz was introduced to comedy by her...
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Characters Drive the Fast-Moving Story in “Ford v Ferrari”

Ostensibly, the new film Ford v Ferrari is all about the true story of how the Ford Motor Company set out to best Enzo Ferrari’s prowess at Le Mans in 1966 through the help of two racing professionals, but at the end of the day, the...
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“Find Your Ironic Hook of an Idea” How Screenwriter Matt Lieberman Sold 9+

“Find Your Ironic Hook of an Idea” How Screenwriter Matt Lieberman Sold 9+ Screenplays Between 2018 and 2021, Matt Liberman will have nine features in the works. We spoke with Matt about the “creepy” and...
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The Many Faces Of Supporting Characters

Supporting characters serve a lot of functions in films and TV, and, when approached properly, they enhance and burnish the overall impact of visual storytelling. Let’s take a look at some of the key functions of supporting characters in...
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The Zenith of the Ass-Kicking Female Action Hero

At the Oscars this year, Brie Larson, Gal Gadot, and Sigourney Weaver presented the music awards while trumpeting the powerful women they played in, respectively, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, and Alien. Weaver even cracked about how...
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“More Potent Than You Think” Bridget Savage Cole & Danielle Krudy Talk

“More Potent Than You Think” Bridget Savage Cole & Danielle Krudy Talk Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Blow the Man Down’: Set in East Coast fishing village replete with sea shanties and bars, Blow The Man Down tells the...
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Peres Owino On “The Basket Weaver”

Kenyan born, Peres Owino, award-winning storyteller’s directorial debut Bound: Africans vs African-Americans. It played several festivals around the world, winning the 2014 Women In Film- Lena Sharpe Award at the...
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Wanna Make it in Screenwriting? Thick Skin is Required!

The other day a writer emailed me: I am gutted. The management company I sent my screenplay to (I never reached out to reps before) just emailed me that they didn’t connect with my screenplay and that it’s gonna be a pass for them....
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“Strip Back the Layers & Hit a Nerve”

“Strip Back the Layers & Hit a Nerve” Mattson Tomlin, Screenwriter Of ‘Project Power’ & ‘The Batman’: “For me, storytelling came during early childhood. I really loved playing in the woods with...
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9 Ways To Make Your Supervillains Truly Villainous

9 Ways To Make Your Supervillains Truly Villainous:  Stories are typically told in terms of a hero putting his or her wits against a villain hellbent on thwarting their efforts. Writing these characters is not as simple as the good guys (or...
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13 Types Of TV Writers’ Rooms Whiteboards

13 Types Of TV Writers’ Rooms WhiteboardsEvery TV writer dreams about being part of the team that plots entire seasons and individual episodes of a television series. And for some, it will become a reality. In a few weeks, scripts of each...
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“Uncut Gems” Makes for a Tense and Tumultuous Character Study

“Uncut Gems” Makes for a Tense and Tumultuous Character Study:There are many outstanding qualities to the new film Uncut Gems. It’s a vivid character study that stars Adam Sandler in his best screen performance to date. The...
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How Screenwriters Can Achieve Screenwriting Zen

Few people understand the life of a screenwriter – sometimes not even screenwriters themselves. Like all artists, writers need to define what constitutes a creative life. What is work? Is reading a book unrelated to your current project...
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The Taste of the Academy’s Animation Branch is Broadening

A funny thing happened on the way to the Oscar nominations for Best Animated Feature this year. The Academy decided not to nominate the all-time biggest moneymaker in animation history. That’s right, Frozen II did not make the final...
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Screenwriting Advice: Give Your Characters the Power of the VOTE

Characters drive stories. Powerful characters give writers reasons to create stories around them. Directors want to create moments around that power. Actors want to channel that power. Audiences want to take part in that power. As a writer, your job...
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Do you need to outline?

Most books say you do. So do many of the screenwriting seminars. One of the better known gurus says there are two types of writers – those who figure out the story before they begin writing and those who fail. Pretty strong words.But knowing...
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“Write Deeper Female Friendships”

“Write Deeper Female Friendships” Susanna Fogel Talks ‘Booksmart’ & ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ It’s been a busy time for writer-director & book author Susanna Fogel, especially with her female...
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