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'The Outside Story' is more than another break-up movie

At first glance, The Outside Story feels like a break-up movie. Charles (played by empathetic Brian Tyree Henry) works as an editor, cutting together in memoriam videos for people who aren’t dead yet. He is feeling sad not just because of the job, bu...

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Your quick reference guide to crafting a compelling season arc

Sitting down to write a television pilot is a bit of a thrill. There are endless story possibilities on a blank page and characters just waiting to spill their guts — sometimes literally, depending on your genre of choice. The pilot episode is your c...

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Write On with Screenwriting Career Coach Carole Kirschner

Entertainment career coach, author, speaker, CBS Writing and WGA Showrunner Training Program director Carole Kirschner  talks to  Write On  about mentorships, fellowships and training opportunities for writers and showrunners. “You cannot teach someb...

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Talking with director Maureen Bharoocha and her 'Golden Arm'

Maureen Bharoocha's Golden Arm is a laugh-out-loud comedy that centers on female friendship and arm wrestling (yes, arm wrestling).

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Tech Tip: 1-2-3 Method

With Final Draft 12’s improved Beat Board™, the Outline Editor™, and the outline elements, you can take an idea all the way up to a full script outline as easily as 1-2-3.

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: ‘Shiva Baby’ is an excellent study in suspense

A sugar daddy, his sugar baby, family politics, a newborn, and an ex-girlfriend walk into a shiva... That’s the loose premise of Shiva Baby; a thrill-ride of uncomfortable delight that started as a short film by writer-director Emily Seligman, availa...

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'The Virtuoso' looks into the paranoid world of an assassin for hire

Ideas come in a variety of ways. Sometimes it’s the lyrics of a song, an article you find online, or even a conversation you overhear. For director Nick Stagliano’s The Virtuoso, the idea came from an unlikely place — one of his previous films.

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Filmmaker Michael DiBiasio-Ornelas on humanizing mental health in ‘The Sleepless’

Once in a while a film comes along that invites the viewer to meander along with it, enjoying the view and the conversation for what it is. No crazy plot twists, no breathtaking set-pieces. Simply humanity for what it is — and can be — in one of its ...

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Write On with The Black List's Kate Hagen

Since 2005, each December The Black List releases its annual list, a survey of the most liked unproduced screenplays of that year. The Black List also works to foster a large community of writers through screenwriting labs, online resources, and in-p...

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