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Take 5: ‘She Said’ shows how two reporters started a movement

What does it take to break a story? In the film She Said, two journalists at the New York Times take on the challenge of exposing systemic sexual assault in Hollywood by going after the notorious producer Harvey Weinstein. Based on the article by rep...

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Take 5: ‘Devotion’ and the art of adapting a true story

Devotion takes place in 1950 at the beginning of the Korean conflict, also known as the ‘Forgotten War.’ In some ways this is true. Rare is the movie that highlights this tumultuous time in our history with the most recognizable example being M*A*S*H...

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Turning Your Personality and Taste Into a Brand

In a highly competitive and constantly growing marketplace, it’s important to stand out if you want a career writing for film or television. Many of the most sought-after screenwriters have memorable or larger than life personalities.

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Take 5: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Like It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation are holiday staples, it’s hard to imagine a Thanksgiving week without Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Written and directed by John Hughes, the film was a critical and commercial suc...

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'Bones and All' Screenwriter David Kajganich on the many layers of collaboration in adaptations

In the center of Regan’s America, a father desperately moves his only daughter, Maren, out of their double wide for the umpteenth time. They have less than an hour to find a new home before the rest of the community figures out their terrible secret ...

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Take 5: Writing a Coming-of-Age Story in ‘Armageddon Time’

Armageddon Time is a coming-of-age story that follows Paul Graf (Banks Repeta), a sixth-grade boy, who struggles with finding his place in the world during the generational shift from the 1970s into the 1980s. Paul not only begins to learn that his a...

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What ‘The Santa Clause’ franchise can teach us about story

Over the course of the last 28 years, Tim Allen has donned the red suit and appeared on the big and small screen as Santa Claus in the Disney IP The Santa Clause. Built on the premise that a corporate toy executive is legally bound to become Santa, t...

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Rising Through the Ranks: Laura Mannino is pitch perfect

ATX TV Festival’s season 11 pitch competition runner-up Laura Mannino is still riding high after her experience pitching her comedy Bodice Rippers to a panel of studio and network execs during the live competition.

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The Vampire Factor: The character archetype that just won’t die

One thing is certain in the world of cinema: Vampires will never go out of style. From F.W. Murnau’s 1922 black and white silver screen creature of the night Nosferatu through to the sexy, stylized variations that grace our modern small screens, vamp...

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