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Write On with Mimi Leder

In this episode of Write On, director Mimi Leder discusses her latest film 'On the Basis of Sex' and her connection to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s story.

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Playwriting for the Screenwriter II: Submissions & Successes

Photo courtesy of Julieta Cervantes / www.broadway.com  So you’ve written a play! You’ve honed your characterization and dialogue, you’ve kept in mind theatre’s technical challenges, and you’ve generated ideas to creatively inspire an audience. Congr...

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Write On with Paul Schrader

Legendary writer-director and Final Draft Hall of Famer Paul Schrader discusses his acclaimed film First Reformed and offers insights into his creative drive throughout his career. Starring Ethan Hawke, First Reformed tells the story of a Protestant ...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: January 8, 2019

After three weekends in theaters, Warner Bros.' colorful comic book adaptation Aquaman has earned $260 million at the domestic box office. Coupled with its $681 million in grosses overseas (it first opened in foreign markets), the film is all but gua...

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All the Write Moves: Aquaman

Given how deeply superhero cinema permeates pop culture nowadays, it’s borderline pointless to complain when a film in this genre defies normal expectations of narrative credibility. Nonetheless, the cheerful outrageousness of Aquaman is quite someth...

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Write On with Greta Heinemann

2017 Big Break Feature Grand Prize winner Greta Heinemann discusses everything from moving to LA from Germany at age 14 to pursue her writing career, working in television, pitching her features and her latest endeavor the Writers Wright journal.

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: Building a Vision for Your Screenwriting Career

Goal Setting for Screenwriters, Part II  “What’s the best way to set goals as a screenwriter?” Last week I wrote about mistakes screenwriters commonly make while setting goals. This week, we’re tuning into your vision for your screenwriting career.

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Peter Hedges on Ben Is Back

When novelist, playwright and Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Peter Hedges sat down to write the screenplay for the new addiction drama Ben Is Back, he drew from a personal place. “I grew up in a family ravaged by alcoholism,” Hedges said.

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All the Write Moves: Destroyer

Contemporary media has no shortage of stories about complicated police detectives, but there’s always room in the mix for a smartly-crafted piece that uses a murder mystery as a means of exploring character. Destroyer, the new film from respected ind...

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