5 Screenwriting Takeaways From 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday'
When did the War on Drugs begin? That’s the question author Johann Hari poses in his 2016 book, "Chasing the Scream". He argues that it begins in the 1930s, when a federal agent named Harry Anslinger joined the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.
Thomas Clay's 'The Delivered' Explores the Concept Of a Puritan Western
Where does an idea come from? Maybe it’s a conversation you overhear at a party, or inspiration strikes while on a long walk.
Mona Fastvold’s 'The World to Come' Explores Forbidden Love in 1850s Rural America
Mona Fastvold has several writing credits under her belt as well as a film titled The Sleepwalker that she both wrote and directed. She never planned on directing a film she hadn’t written though.
5 Screenwriting Takeaways from 'Judas and the Black Messiah'
Is this a biopic or a cat-and-mouse film? In a way, it’s both. And that’s because Judas and the Black Messiah has two origins. On Final Draft’s Write On Podcast, writer Will Berson discusses the origins of his screenplay and how it looked at the FBI’...
5 Screenwriting Takeaways from the Historical-Horror Film 'Shadow in the Cloud'
Shadow in the Cloud is both a World War II film and a horror film. There is a lot in this compelling movie that shows screenwriters how this hyphenated-genre movie by writers Max Landis and Roseanne Liang can guide them toward a budget-conscious and ...
David Perrault Explores the Family Bond During the Civil War In 'Savage State'
Filmmaker David Perrault doesn’t just believe in conflicts between characters in his stories — both externally and internally — but in the time period in which their stories take place, as well. Which is why he chose the Civil War to be the backdrop ...
5 Screenplay Takeaways from 'The Dig'
How do mounds of dirt in Suffolk, England become a compelling historical drama set in the late 1930s? Only if those mounds of dirt contain some of the most significant finds in archaeological history. This is the loose thought behind The Dig. Based o...
5 Screenwriting Takeaways from 'Sylvie’s Love'
Set in the early 1960s, Sylvie’s Love is a delightful film about a relationship that begins between Sylvie (Tessa Thompson), a woman working in her father’s record store, and Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), a saxophonist looking for a job. It blossoms into...
5 Screenwriting Takeaways From Regina King's 'One Night in Miami'
The date is February 25th, 1964. The location: Miami, Florida.