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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...

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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...

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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...

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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. 

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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...

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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.

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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.

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#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.

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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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