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Screenwriting and General Meetings: The ONE Thing You Need To Do!

Congratulations! You’ve scored a general meeting. This usually means someone has read your script and liked it enough to want to meet with you. That’s great! Taking general meetings is a large component of being a screenwriter. It’s not unusual to ta...

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Q & A with 'The Haunting of Hill House' and 'Oculus' Screenwriter Jeff Howard, Moderated by Sade' Sellers

Screenwriter-producer Sade’ Sellers hosts this one-on-one conversation with screenwriter and producer Jeff Howard (The Haunting of Hill House, Oculus). They answer audience questions about breaking in, writing for horror and more!

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Write On with 'The Rental' Co-Writer and Director Dave Franco

The Rental co-writer and director Dave Franco discusses the tricky tone the film balances, his approach to working in and subverting the horror genre, what he learned from working with filmmakers like Barry Jenkins and Seth Rogen, and more. 

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5 Skills You Need to be a Successful Screenwriter

Most professional screenwriters will agree that writing is only one aspect of their job. Many emerging screenwriters are surprised to find that once their screenwriting career takes off, they devote more and more time to other aspects of the business...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: US-Shot Shows Prepare For Production With New Security Measures

Although many states continue to post rising numbers and screen production for the most part is still stuck in limbo, the film and television industry is tentatively engaging with the “dance” part of The Hammer and The Dance, whereby elements of the ...

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5 Takeaways from Hulu's 'The Great'

The Great is the study of a patriarchal, fascist, arrogant and clueless leader, Peter III of Russia. It’s also the story of a rebellious and disillusioned bride that thought her union would bring her true love, but instead brings her nothing but grie...

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Fast Five: Writers Prove Pandemic-Proof In the WGA-UTA Deal While Netflix Doubles Down on Canadians and Big-Budget Tentpoles

Attention all Canadians: Netflix just announced a scheme to get its hands on projects from both established and up-and-coming Canadian writers. It was also a good week for American writers, as the WGA and the ATA took one step closer to resolving the...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: 7 Mindset Perspectives to Motivate Your Writing

Between the pandemic, sweeping societal upheavals, and general world news, it is a massive understatement to say there’s a lot going on right now. It’s easy to get derailed or give up hope. A few weeks ago, I wrote about ways to stay productive and t...

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Unscripted 7.16.2020: 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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