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The Sunlit Night Screenwriter on the Challenges of Book-to-Screen Adaptation

Rebecca Dinerstein, author of The Sunlit Night, never expected her novel to get published. She never envisioned the book would be made into a movie, and she certainly never thought she would be the one to write the adapted screenplay. “Every phase of...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: Tame Your Inner Writing Gremlins

The inner game of writing has been our subject for the last two weeks. In week one we discussed how to survive hearing the constant stream of “No” when it comes to our writing. Then we covered dealing with familial fears about our chosen path — inclu...

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The Bricks of Breaking in: Sal Calleros on Mentorship

Mentorship can be vital to a writer looking to break into the industry, but finding a mentor and building a relationship with that person can be challenging.

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: January 28, 2019

The first weekend since Oscar® nominations were announced didn’t see notable action on the box office front; but plenty of interesting, film-related developments happened elsewhere.

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All the Write Moves: Green Book

In critical circles, certain words have toxic connotations. “Conventional.” “Old-fashioned.” “Sentimental.” There are good reasons why these words have gained dubious reputations; the history of cinema is full of condescending movies that subject aud...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: Can You Release Familial Fears Getting In The Way of Your Writing?

"How can I rid myself of the fears around writing and being an artist that my family project onto me?" As many myths and misconceptions about art and writing abound as real challenges facing the artist, it’s easy to get fearful — parents and family m...

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The Hero's Journey: Aquaman

Within the first fifteen minutes, we realize Aquaman is a superhero genre script, an origin story, and a buddy movie all rolled into two hours and 30 minutes. That is a hefty haul for most writers, but David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall h...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: January 22, 2019

Although early tracking suggested it would earn close to $60 million, M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass took in around $47 million over the long weekend; an impressive haul for a film that cost less than half of that to make, but not quite a triumphant retu...

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Screenwriter Michael Werwie On the Decade It Took To Get His Ted Bundy Biopic Made

Michael Werwie never intended to write a script about Ted Bundy. As he recalls, he was busy writing another screenplay when he decided to procrastinate by picking up a book about the famed American serial killer. Werwie couldn’t put it down. He began...

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