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Write On with Manager-Producer Peter Katz
Literary Manager and producer Peter Katz discusses his company Story Driven, Being a Judge in Final Draft's Big Break Contest, what writers can do to stay focused in 2021, and more.
5 Screenwriting Takeaways: ‘The Flight Attendant’ Soars As Latest Sexy Mystery
The Flight Attendant is an homage to throw-back filmmaking while also being a creation uniquely its own. Fans of Hitchcock, Mad Men, and any female protagonist with sitcom comedy chops (after all, star Kaley Cuoco did earn her stripes on Big Bang The...
Afro Horror: The Black Female Villain
This week I finally joined the quietly popular social app, Clubhouse. What is that, you ask? Clubhouse is an iPhone only app currently in beta testing that allows users all over the world to come together in what they call “rooms” and discuss a topic...
Write On with 'One Night in Miami' Screenwriter Kemp Powers
One Night in Miami screenwriter Kemp Powers discusses adapting his own play into a film, how his previous work as a journalist informs his screenwriting, the real history behind the film's events, and more. Inspired by real events, the movie is a fi...
History of TV: ‘Once Upon a Time’ Reinterprets Fairytales for the Modern Audience
2020 deserves a happy ending, and Once Upon a Time was that kind of persistently positive show that believed happily ever afters were possible — even in the most horrible place imaginable: The Land Without Magic. Aka: real life.
Writing the 9-Act Structure for TV Movies
Most screenwriters are familiar with the three-act structure of a feature screenplay. The first act is the first thirty minutes (ish) that gets us as far as the protagonist heading off on their adventure. The second act is the main part of the film, ...
5 Screenwriting Takeaways: ‘Breach’ Models Past Sci-Fi Horror Classics
Breach (originally titled Anti-Life) starring Cody Kearsley and Bruce Willis, is a sci-fi space thriller in the vein of the original Alien and The Thing — but with a twist.
Behind the Scenes of the Christmas Screenplay Adaptation Process
In addition to being a screenwriter, I’m a novelist; one of those writers that takes nine months to carve out a story to where it’s good enough to offer for sale. Sometimes, it’s a two-year long slog with occasional breaks if the story is complicated...
Write On with 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' Writer Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom writer Ruben Santiago-Hudson discusses with guest host Sade' Sellers his relationship with August Wilson, the characters of Levee and Ma, and much more. Starring Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, the film, adapted f...
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