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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: Narrative Beats Out Special Effects at the Box Office
Last week in this space we celebrated the massive opening weekend of Joker, a film that captured the film conversation—and audience attendance—by virtue of the power of its narrative approach. Whether or not you agreed with the film, or even liked it...
The Fast Five: New Writing Initiatives & Successfully Pivoting Genres
I hope everybody enjoyed their Thanksgiving / Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples Day holiday weekend. Whether you’re back to work or still enjoying the long weekend in one of the states that gives you a day off for it, catch up on this week’s Fast Fiv...
All The Write Moves: 'Joker'
It’s become rare for movies released by major studios to spark heated debate, but director-co-writer Todd Phillips’ Joker, a wild riff on the iconic Batman villain, has done exactly that. By placing the psychotic clown character at the center of a na...
Writer-Director Abe Forsythe Serves Up Big Fun in 'Little Monsters'
Is it weird to say a zombie movie is cute? Well, Little Monsters is cute. And gory, funny, full of F-bombs and laced with a little romance—just about everything you want in a zom-com.
Weekend Writing Inspiration: 5 Ways to Bounce Back From Writing Burnout
When you’ve been burning the midnight oil to meet a writing deadline (or multiple back-to-back deadlines), burnout won’t be far behind. Hopefully after submitting you’ll have some time to recover. And if you don’t, make sure to build more padding int...
Teaching From the Trenches: Screenwriter Ian Shorr Hits Pause to Pay It Forward
Many screenwriters teach a screenwriting class after their cache has dried up in Hollywood; long after they have any relevance or connection to the industry, they finally decide to share their experiences.
From Green to Greenlit: The Steps an Idea Takes to The Screen
Most beginning screenwriters believe this is the career of a screenwriter: Write script, get paid, repeat.
#BeTheChange - Write On with Kelli McNeil & Alexander Yellen of 'Daruma'
Writer Kelli McNeil and director Alexander Yellen discuss the Seed & Spark campaign for their new film Daruma, the personal origins of the story, why casting actors with disabilities was important to Kelli and Alex, and much more.
The Weekend Movie Takeaway: 'Joker' is No Joke, Narratively Speaking
It was the most talked-about movie of the year before anyone had even seen it. Many commentators suggested that perhaps it shouldn't be seen at all. But after an extremely dramatic build-up, Joker finally hit theaters over the weekend.
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