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Write On with 'Gossip Girl' Showrunner Joshua Safran

Joshua talks to Write On about being a writer on the original iconic series and how it has been updated to reflect current times. "We are looking at how social media has changed the landscape of who we say we are and how we put ourselves out in the w...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: ‘Fear and Loathing in Aspen’ focuses on that time Hunter S. Thompson ran for sheriff

In 1970, Hunter S. Thompson ran for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado. The same Thompson who wrote Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and was known for his drug use, new style of journalism and libertarian points of view put himself into an election tha...

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History of TV: Why 'Community' is so important in every sense of the word

Community as the social unit. Community college. Community the comedy about a lawyer who’s been outed for his “Columbia” degree — turns out he needs an American one, if you catch that drift (and there’s a lot to catch in a very short amount of time i...

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The Screenwriter's Toolbox Part II: Synopses and treatments

In part one of this series, we discussed loglines and pitches. A logline is a summary, in a few sentences, of your concept and a pitch is a verbal rendition of your script, given perhaps to a producer or film executive. I mentioned how both of these ...

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The Screenwriter's Toolbox Part I: Loglines and pitches

Every scriptwriter’s first job is to finish their script. Nothing can be critiqued, edited, promoted, or sold until it’s real. But film is somewhat unique in that during certain periods of any selling cycle, a pitch, written or verbal, can sometimes ...

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Write On with 'Black Widow' Writer Eric Pearson

Eric talks delving into the history of the elusive Black Widow: "We approached it with the lens of 'This is a Natasha Romanoff story.' I wanted to see what it's really like inside the most mysterious Avenger - the Avenger that intentionally closes he...

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Tech Tips: Sending off some of your screenplay

Every now and then you’ll need to pull a selection of pages out of your full script. Maybe you want a critique solely on Act Two, or a competition is asking for the first 15 pages, or you want to see how the script reads if you start it on page 60. L...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: 'Gunpowder Milkshake' embraces popular formula with feminist twist

Gunpowder Milkshake is Netflix’s latest action movie offering featuring a lot of neon-colored violence and lush production design to underscore the story. Sam (played by Karen Gillan, doing her best deadpan action star) was basically born into a life...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: 'Dr. Death' makes our trust in doctors the villain

What if a surgeon is using his powers for evil? That’s the question posed in the new Peacock series Dr. Death, which stars Joshua Jackson, Alec Baldwin, and Christian Slater. Based on horrifyingly true events and the Wondery podcast of the same name,...

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