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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 screenwriting career with films in...
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Building and Revealing Character

  • Dave Trottier
  • .November 22, 2022
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, here’s one I get all the time: “Dave, how do I build my character?”  My one-word response?  “Pressure...
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The Right Mind-Set

  • Corey Mandell
  • .November 21, 2022
Here’s an article I require all my students to read before the first class. Being able to shift from a fixed mind-set to a growth mind-set (for most, not as easy as it might sound) is the single most important variable determining how much progress writers make, or don’t make, in the class.If You’re Open to Growth, You Tend to G...
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Writing A Blockbuster Movie

  • Gene Del Vecchio
  • .November 15, 2022
5 Things Every Screenwriter Should Know Before Writing A Blockbuster Movie:Screenwriters should always think big in terms of their careers. Blockbuster big. We all want our films to be seen by the largest audience possible. In old studio parlance, the term blockbuster referred to audiences queuing around the block to see a movie...
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Filmmaker Alexander Jeffery didn’t plan on returning to live in El Dorado, Ark., where  the family had moved for his father’s work when Alexander was in high school.But after finishing film school at the University of Nebraska, and stints in Los Angeles and Sweden, the prolific producer/director of short films, Jeffery ended up ...
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Learn to love all forms of storytelling

  • Heather Hale
  • .November 14, 2022
Writers and screenwriting teachers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir share their insights on writing with partners, developing scripts for television, and adaptations.Life has a way of getting in the way of writing. How much of our own writing we get done depends on how and where we’re earning our income, our personal respons...
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7 Reasons Writers Need Filmmakers

  • Collab Writers
  • .November 11, 2022
(REPOST) If you, like many writers are wondering if your short story or book idea that you want to write could ever become a movie – then read on.Here are seven reasons why writers need filmmakers1. Hollywood has a long and fascinating love-affair with books.Each year the Oscar nominations attract global attention. As a writer a...
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Play Fair with the Audience

  • James Vanderbilt
  • .November 7, 2022
“Play Fair with the Audience” James Vanderbilt on ‘Scream’ and ‘Zodiac’:“I’m always writing something,” said James Vanderbilt. “I’m always working on a spec. I always want to have something that is just for me, not something I’ve promised someone or something from someone else’s IP or sandbox. I think that keeps me sane.”“There’...
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(REPOST) Dr. Linda Seger, author of Making a Good Script Great and 8 other books on screenwriting discusses how to set yourself up as a writer so that there is ALWAYS something to write about !   Writers vary in terms of how many ideas are floating around in their heads at any one time. Pen Densham, (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieve...
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Writing for Large Underserved Audiences

  • Brock Swinson
  • .October 31, 2022
“Writing for Large Underserved Audiences” Eleanor Coppola on ‘Paris Can Wait’ & ‘Love Is Love Is Love’:“I had a story I wanted to tell,” said Eleanor Coppola, filmmaker and wife of Francis Ford Coppola. “Some of it was a little bit personal, and I didn’t want to make a documentary out of it, so I made a fiction piece.”Prior to h...
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An American Hero In A French Movie

  • Tom McCarthy
  • .October 31, 2022
“An American Hero In A French Movie” Tom McCarthy, Thomas Bidegain & Noé Debré Talk ‘Stillwater’: (This interview contains mild spoilers) Stillwater was one of the few original films released this year and audiences are better off for it. Matt Damon (playing Bill Baker) and Abigail Breslin (playing his daughter Allison) were on ...
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Writers know it’s not easy to launch and sustain a career. The odds aren’t necessarily stacked in your favor. But what exactly are your chances of making it?  The answer might surprise you.The first thing we need to know is the size of the competition.  If we were to ask how many people want to be professional screenwriters or T...
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(REPOST) A few recent incidents made me realized that I have to talk about it. Shallow though it may seem, I have to talk about size. Or, more accurately, length.First, it was the 120-page 2-hour TV pilot from a first time, unrepresented writer.Then it was the 78-page feature screenplay. Promptly followed by the 132-page feature...
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A story idea suddenly appears in your head with a complete beginning, middle, and end. You sit down to write, and the words flow freely. It’s as if the story is typing itself.How often do you experience that kind of burst of incredible inspiration?I’m guessing that probably doesn’t happen to you very often. (If it does, I’m incr...
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Screenwriters, and all creatives for that matter, frequently grapple with the constant and tiring task of – creating. We have all suffered from writers’ block, a lack of inspiration and motivation, or a paucity of good ideas at some point in our careers. Self-flagellation and self-doubt don’t help. They cause stress and anxiety ...
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It’s no secret that when it comes to sitting down to actually doing the writing, we writers excel at procrastination. If, anywhere within a five mile radius of the computer, we happen to notice an unsharpened pencil, a window, a refrigerator, a phone, unopened mail, a magazine, something needing dusting, the TV remote, a ladybug...
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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 screenwriter reading this article should have their hand up. You may not find the perfe...
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Navigating Your Story

  • Salva Rubio
  • .October 10, 2022
Navigating Your Story: Salva Rubio on Save the Cat Goes to the IndiesSince its inception over twenty years ago, the methodology of Blake Synder’s Save the Cat has been as synonymous with storytelling as Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey and Syd Field’s Paradigm Worksheet.Many screenwriters can’t help but spot the moment when “Bad...
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How to Write a Logline Producers Won’t Pass On [with Logline Examples]:Before a screenplay is crafted by underpaid writers, it starts as a logline. At any stage of a production, a logline is a tool used to sell your idea. Since movie loglines are so short, it’s easy to write out twenty in under twenty minutes. Writing one that s...
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At the Oscars in recent years, 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 they were going to go out and start their own ‘fight club’ after the show. Indeed, female ...

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