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'Little Woods' Sparks Conversation About Women's Rights, Poverty

“Who do you consider American? What do they look like and where do they live?”

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Write On with 'The Highwaymen' Screenwriter John Fusco

Veteran screenwriter John Fusco discusses his journey from dropping out of school for The Blues to obtaining his GED, being accepted to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and eventually winning a screenplay contest that brought him to Los Angeles. Fusco ...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: Shazam!

DC's latest superhero movie Shazam! opened to healthy numbers at the box office over the weekend, earning $53 million dollars in its first full three days in theaters.

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All the Write Movies: 'The Highwaymen'

Everything about Netflix’s latest big-budget feature, The Highwaymen, evokes sensations from the past. Telling the real-life story of former Texas Rangers who were recruited to hunt down notorious Depression-era criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barr...

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Tech Tip: Non-Speaking Characters

Non-speaking characters: every script has them, and for good reason. A non-speaking character can be an extra, a background character, or even a character that literally doesn’t speak – maybe their sole purpose is to intimidate others like the re-ani...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: 7 Strategies for Beating Writer's Block

“How can I find my words and inspiration again when I’ve been blocked?” There’s some debate in the writing world as to whether or not writer’s block actually exists. I don’t find that conversation useful. If you feel stuck or are unable to write, it’...

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The Bricks of Breaking In: Writer-Producer Christine Boylan on Building a Screenwriting Career

Building and growing a television or film writing career can come with great obstacles, as well as great opportunities. Writer Christine Boylan shares her experiences and advice on making the journey from aspiring, to working writer. 

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Let's Talk About Parentheticals

If there’s any element of screenplay format that seems to cause confusion most frequently, it’s the parenthetical. I’m talking specifically about the words that appear between parentheses in the middle of dialogue. First, let’s look at how they shoul...

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Write On with 'Wayne' Writer-Director Greg Coolidge

Wayne writer-director Greg Coolidge discusses his very early relationship with Final Draft, his experience on films including Ride Along and Employee of the Month, and the surprising 'yes' he and writing partner Kirk Ward received in the room from Yo...

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