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How to Write Action Description

Alex Southey explores five different kinds of action description, and how they dictate tone in a script. Many people tend to assume that because it doesn’t affect the final film, action description doesn’t matter very much. But this couldn’t...
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Magical Realism in Game of Thrones (Some Spoilers Present)

There’s a hint of the magical from the very teaser of the pilot of Game of Thrones. This is a fantastical world, where showrunners/writers/adapters David Benioff and D.B. Weiss wisely make sure not to introduce too much too soon for the...
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Does it come in black?

A good screenplay is watched, not read. In so many scripts I am t/asked to read, I find that the words get in the way of the story. When I read a good script, I feel I’m watching it. The words reveal the story in a visceral way.Good stories...
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Why The Crocodile Dundee Super Bowl Ad Made An Impact

Are They Really Remaking Crocodile Dundee? No, but the Super Bowl ad was pretty fun! For all of you out there who are Eagles fans, I send you a happy congratulations on your Super Bowl win. Being a fan of the Chicago Cubs, I know how difficult it...
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The Neurotic Superhero: From Comic Book to Catharsis

There’s a historical pattern around the popularity of the superhero—he or she is most needed during dark times in the real world. In Captain America: The First Avenger, when Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) visits the US troops to...
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Alphabet Guide for Threading the Hollywood Maze

Agents are only as good as their clients. Buñuel’s dream vision is the ideal screenplay paradigm. C. G. Jung’s theory of synchronicity is true for seeking stories. Don’t submit synopses. Like babies, they are...
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Gravity

I watched GRAVITY (Alfonso Cuarón 2013) again recently. Why? The film's astonishing visual impact. I think Gravity is one of if not the most phenomenal technical productions in film history. I am also fascinated with all things space. 2001 A...
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LION (Garth Davis, 2016)

I’ve only now seen LION (Garth Davis) 2016). I have never been so affected by any film. This film states the obvious, which we all need to hear on a regular basis: that human emotions are universal. They transcend and are independent of...
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The 2 Copyright Forms Every Screenwriter Should Know

Every screenwriter should know two specific copyright forms used to protect qualifying written screenplays, often referred to as “Intellectual Property” or “IP.”  Why is this so important? Because Intellectual Property...
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Director Alexander Jeffery On Building the El Dorado of Short Films

As part of a TV[R]ev series on creators, David Bloom sat down with Alexander Jeffery, whose short film “Memoir” just screened on ShortsTV, the global home of short films. Filmmaker Alexander Jeffery...
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Dedication, Discipline & Cultivating Self-Worth in 2018 with The Story Farm

It's A New Year - So What?This is part of a weekly email series delivered to The Story Farm email list by the ISA's Max Timm. If you would like to join the email list and receive inspiring messages and upcoming offers from Max and The Story Farm,...
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The power of the annoying LOGLINE

The power of the annoying LOGLINE:By Jimmy Matloszwww.jimmymatlosz.com So yes, you may have written a screenplay that you are as proud of as your first… ok your second child.  For those of you who have kids you understand.  Now...
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Access Screenplay Contest Grand Prize Winner Elizabeth Samaroo

Access Screenplay Contest Grand Prize Winner Elizabeth Samaroo discusses her winning script and the unusual concept that helped it rise to the top.Congratulations to Access Screenplay Contest Grand Prize Winner Elizabeth...
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Scaring Up Funds: How to Acquire Investors When Your Movie’s in Horror

Scaring Up Funds: How to Acquire Investors When Your Movie’s in Horror, the Most Profitable Genre of Them AllBy Brian Herskowitz and Tony Timpone on November 14, 2017There are a few paths you can take to finding investors for your movie:Friends,...
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Why A Good Script is Even Better When it "Infects" People

Your script doesn't just need to be good; it needs to be able to infect. Let me explain. If you buck the odds and get just one person to read your script, it's not likely going to help you. Unless that person who read your script is inspired by your...
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Never Give Up

It’s taken me eighteen years writing screenplays to get to the point where I am now.  I was just hired to rewrite a big-budget European animated film, and have written a TV pilot that’s not being pitched to networks as we...
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Desperation, Dread, & Determination

I call them the triple D’s of screenwriting. Dread. Every screenwriter experiences this eventually. You get to a place where it feels like it’s all over. You’ll never get that agent. The manager will never call you back. Will...
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Reality Check

In working with screenwriters for nearly three decades, I’ve noticed three writing issues that arise over and over again.  In each case, a reality check should prove empowering.  1.  Appearance is importantAfter a tweet that...
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Book Adaptations And The Fidelity Argument

Kirsten Dunst, in her directorial debut, will be directing Dakota Fanning in an adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. In an interview, Dunst has noted that her approach in adapting the seminal text has been to avoid the ‘didactic’...
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Have a Horrible Holiday

Horror Equity Fund discusses the relationship between Horror and the Holidays. 'Twas the night after X-mas and all through the house…  bodies and corpses were starting to mount...Most people don’t think of Horror when they think...
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