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Q & A with 'Little Fires Everywhere' Co-EP and Writer Raamla Mohamed

Little Fires Everywhere Co-executive producer and screenwriter Raamla Mohamed shares her experience on the show, answers fan questions, and more!

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‘BINGE - How to Lose Weight in an Apocalypse' Creatively Tackles Quarantine

Binge is an indie pilot that originally debuted to a rabid fan base in 2016. The original show went viral on YouTube and quickly amassed over 1.5 million views, which is particularly impressive for a full-length piece on a platform that loves short-f...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: 7 Simple Strategies to Stay Productive & Take Care of Your Mental Health

Writers around the world are writing under quarantine in solitary conditions that might not seem like anything out of the ordinary. In fact, many writers even prefer working alone (unless you’re accustomed to writing in a TV room and miss it), so wha...

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Unscripted 5.27.20: This Week in Screenwriting News

Screenwriting career consultant Lee Jessup discusses the online-pitch video that is catching heat, the basics of branding, what you can online, and more.

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'The Lovebirds' is a Great Screenwriting Lesson in Genre Melding

New screenwriters are often told “know your genre” or “brand yourself by sticking to a genre.” Netflix’s current No. 1 film The Lovebirds is a great study in throwing the rules out the window; it effortlessly blends romantic comedy, broad comedy, mur...

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Fellowship Season Prep Part 7: The YES

We’ve covered how to mine your life for personal stories, clarifying your creative voice, prepping for a killer interview, and actions you can take to overcome any painful rejections in the fellowship season process. Now we wait, and out of the handf...

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Write On with 'Dirty John' Creator and Showrunner Alexandra Cunningham

Dirty John creator and showrunner Alexandra Cunningham discusses the research that went into writing the show, her journey from playwright to screenwriter, and more.  Netflix's Dirty John is an anthology series in which each season is based on a true...

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Weekend Movie Takeaway: Drive-In Box Office Numbers are In!

As we enter an ambiguously defined period of the COVID-19 crisis—where all the talk surrounding the States “opening up” doesn’t necessarily mean we’re observing “life as we knew it” again—the situation continues to impact screen narrative in a variet...

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The Fast Five: Film Festivals Hit the Drive-In, ‘Batwoman’ Gets Re-Cast and Warner Bros. Gives Drama Students a Foot in the Door.

Several production companies have spent the last week finding ways to give aspiring actors, writers and directors opportunities, and the results are an interesting mixture of digital showcases, short-film competitions, and the chance for one writer t...

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