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Character Study Part I: The 3 Kinds of Character Arcs

Tony Soprano. Olivia Pope. Jack Bauer. Carrie Bradshaw. Jon Snow...

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‘Come Play’ Pays Homage To the Spooky Amblin Tales of Yore

If you're looking to continue your spooky season during the spookiest year of them all, or you're an Amblin fan, Come Play is a worthy watch. The movie's writer-director Jacob Chase is living a filmmaker’s fairy tale; his short film Larry blew up the...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: ‘The Undoing’ and Female Thriller Writing Tropes to Embrace and Avoid

The Undoing is flashy and feels familiar. But that also feels by design. The HBO show shares writers with Big Little Lies and sells itself on wealth, cheating and suspense. If it will be as big a hit as Lies is yet to be determined, but it’s a good c...

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Can Screenwriters Thrive in New York City?

Can screenwriters thrive in New York City? That’s a great question. First, let me introduce myself: My name is Vanessa King. I am a self-taught screenwriter who grew up in a remote part of Canada. In the early aughts, I moved to New York to pursue my...

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History of TV: ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ Beams Us To a Whole New World of Understanding

Star Trek: The Next Generation is the first show I remember watching weekly. I also distinctly remember being in grade four and a boy named Michael telling me that I wasn’t allowed to like Star Trek because I was a girl. How I wish I’d responded? Tha...

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Writer-Director-Star Juliet Landau On Narcissism and 'A Place Among the Dead'

Juliet Landau’s directorial debut, A Place Among the Dead, isn’t your typical vampire movie. Dubbed a “revealing and terrifying meld of fact, fiction and the fantastical,” the film stars Landau as Jules, a woman who embarks on a journey at the potent...

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Q&A with Emmy® Nominated Writer and Director Leslye Headland

Emmy® nominated writer-director-producer Leslye Headland joins our host Phil Galasso to discuss her transition from playwright to screenwriter, her time working on the cult-classic The Terriers, the unique challenges of writing Russian Doll, and much...

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Write On with Emmy® Nominated Writer and Director Leslye Headland

Emmy® nominated writer-director-producer Leslye Headland joins our host Phil Galasso to discuss her transition from playwright to screenwriter, her time working on the cult-classic The Terriers, the unique challenges of writing Russian Doll, and much...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: 'The Queen’s Gambit' Makes Chess Sexy, Compelling, and Addicting

The Queen’s Gambit has the master challenge of making chess a visually watchable game, and it has largely succeeded. How did the screenwriters do it? An infinitely watchable character, the themes of addiction and obsession, and embracing the visual l...

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