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William Rosenfeld is an independent producer at Such Content who’s referred to himself as “a recovering writer.” He’s been involved in the production of films like Crisis starring Gary Oldman and Mudbound starring Jason Mitchell. He co-founded the company with producing partners Robert Kapp and Riaz Rizvi during a time when cine...
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“I started out as a field geologist and then I became a land-claim negotiator,” said Kim Hudson. “All of it very masculine, very linear, I would say, and then I had children and thought, ‘what do I authentically want?’ It was the 70s and women were doing ‘everything man can do’ but that changed when I had a child.”During this di...
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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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Basil Iwanyk is a prolific film producer at Thunder Road Pictures known for box office hits including Sicario, John Wick, The Town and Oscar winner, A Star Is Born. He spoke with Creative Screenwriting Magazine outlining his views on the state of the business.“I grew up in New Jersey and you grew up doing one of three things – y...
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Scene layers is the key to really elevating the success of your scenes by making them work harder.1) Plot, Character, and ThemeThe highest form of scene incorporates the techniques already discussed and layers of the holy trinity of any story.I’m pretty sure everyone knows what plot and character is but theme always seems to be ...
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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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Akiko Izumitani & James “Doc” Mason Talk The Making Of Their Short Film Yae: Blind Samurai Woman:In the beginning, there was the short film. Then it grew into something bigger. That’s exactly what filmmakers Akiko Izumitani and James Mason did when they entered their short film Yae: Blind Samurai Woman in the Hollyshorts Film Fe...
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Mike Gauyo (Ginny & Georgia, Insecure) cut his teeth in television as a production assistant on reality TV which led to  paid podcast and webseries gigs, which further led to a writers’ assistant job on Claws. Through a series of recommendations, he landed a writing spot on Ginny & Georgia.Being on set provided Gauyo with valuab...
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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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“The answer always goes back to Jaws,” said Jeremy Slater, when asked about why he got into the business in the first place. “It was the movie I saw far too young. It’s still my all-time favorite movie. I saw it at a very young and it scarred me and traumatized me. I had a negligent babysitter and I was young enough I thought an...
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Documentaries are having their moment on our screens. Numerous famous people are being dramatized in biopic films or a more through a fly on the wall documentary.The name Wolfgang Puck is synonymous with fine dining, feeding celebrities at the Oscars, or running restaurants that take months to secure a reservation to. We spoke t...
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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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