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'Queen Sugar' Writer Felicia Pride on Her Lifelong Pursuit to be Undeniable on the Page

Felicia Pride celebrated her 39th birthday in her very first Hollywood writers room; ironically, about 20 years after her first-ever published piece.

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Fellowship Season Prep Part 6: Next Things Next!

“First thing’s first” is great for beginnings, but a writer’s life is a continuous string of starts, stops and especially, “what’s next?”. So, what do we do when it’s time for another “next”?

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Tech Tips: Using Scene View to Organize Your Story Beats

A lot of writers use the Beat Board and Story Map to lay out their story in a non-linear way, but if you’re someone who prefers a more linear, A-then-B-then-C approach to structuring a plot, Final Draft 11 has another way that might work for you. 

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Rising Through the Ranks: Jonathan Barger

Jonathan Barger has only been in Los Angeles for six years. Still, since the move he’s optioned an original script, been hired by a production company to do a rewrite, and had a management company attach itself to a feature he co-wrote. It may seem l...

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Like a Good Jazz Song, 'The Eddy' is Loose, Unrefined and Will Hit You Right in the Heart

The Eddy opens as any good jazz song should, and with some signature Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land) style—multilayered. A tense jazz song is simultaneously presented to us the audience, as well as to an agent on screen looking to sign talent....

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Unscripted: This Week in Screenwriting News

Screenwriting career consultant Lee Jessup discusses this week's success stories, industry news, online events, and more.

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Clark Duke Gets His Directorial Debut in 'Arkansas'

Arkansas is a movie that feels all at once familiar and surprising. In Clark Duke’s directorial debut, the man mostly known for his off-beat comedy acting points his camera at a cast of simultaneously ordinary and extraordinary characters who make up...

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Writer-Actress Nia Fairweather's 'Four Seasons' Bears Hope for the Indy Filmmaker

Back in February, before the novel coronavirus hit and temporarily upended the industry, writer and actress Nia Fairweather’s Four Seasons premiered at the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in Los Angeles. Reception to the film, which follows Charisse...

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Write On with 'GLOW' Co-Creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch

GLOW co-creators Carly Mensch and Liz Flahive discuss the way they approach character, their choice to take the show to Las Vegas in Season 3, how they got their starts as writers, and more. 

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