5 Screenwriting Takeaways: 'I’m Your Woman' Focuses On the Thief’s Wife In a '70s Crime Drama
What’s the story behind the women in 1970s crime dramas? When you watch those '70s-era crime films, you’re apt to see stories of men – cops and robbers – who fill the screen with compelling stories from the grittiest cities. That was the inspiration ...
'Last Call' Raises Its Glass To the Working Class In the Old Neighborhood
This is the story of a real estate developer and an independent filmmaker teaming up to make a movie. While that’s not the plot of Last Call, it is the origin story of a new film starring Jeremy Piven, Taryn Manning, Bruce Dern and Jamie Kennedy.
5 Screenwriting Takeaways: 'The Courier' Delivers a High Stakes Cold War Thriller
The Courier is the story of how an everyman helps change the course of history. In 1960, a British salesperson becomes a reluctant spy alongside his Soviet source, sneaking out vital nuclear information in the midst of the Cold War. Written by Tom O’...
5 Screenwriting Takeaways From 'I Care a Lot'
From the very beginning, I Care a Lot makes the viewer uncomfortable and puts them on edge. That’s the point, though. It drives the viewer towards wanting to know how everything will play out. If there's one thing the film accomplishes, it’s frighten...
5 Screenwriting Takeaways From 'Minari'
We’ve all heard the story before: a Korean-American family moves to Arkansas because the patriarch wants to be a farmer. Okay, maybe we haven’t heard that specific story before but we all know the story of families struggling through hard times and g...
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’...