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Write On with 'Dirty John' Creator and Showrunner Alexandra Cunningham

Dirty John creator and showrunner Alexandra Cunningham discusses the research that went into writing the show, her journey from playwright to screenwriter, and more.  Netflix's Dirty John is an anthology series in which each season is based on a true...

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Weekend Movie Takeaway: Drive-In Box Office Numbers are In!

As we enter an ambiguously defined period of the COVID-19 crisis—where all the talk surrounding the States “opening up” doesn’t necessarily mean we’re observing “life as we knew it” again—the situation continues to impact screen narrative in a variet...

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The Fast Five: Film Festivals Hit the Drive-In, ‘Batwoman’ Gets Re-Cast and Warner Bros. Gives Drama Students a Foot in the Door.

Several production companies have spent the last week finding ways to give aspiring actors, writers and directors opportunities, and the results are an interesting mixture of digital showcases, short-film competitions, and the chance for one writer t...

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'Queen Sugar' Writer Felicia Pride on Her Lifelong Pursuit to be Undeniable on the Page

Felicia Pride celebrated her 39th birthday in her very first Hollywood writers room; ironically, about 20 years after her first-ever published piece.

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Fellowship Season Prep Part 6: Next Things Next!

“First thing’s first” is great for beginnings, but a writer’s life is a continuous string of starts, stops and especially, “what’s next?”. So, what do we do when it’s time for another “next”?

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Tech Tips: Using Scene View to Organize Your Story Beats

A lot of writers use the Beat Board and Story Map to lay out their story in a non-linear way, but if you’re someone who prefers a more linear, A-then-B-then-C approach to structuring a plot, Final Draft 11 has another way that might work for you. 

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Rising Through the Ranks: Jonathan Barger

Jonathan Barger has only been in Los Angeles for six years. Still, since the move he’s optioned an original script, been hired by a production company to do a rewrite, and had a management company attach itself to a feature he co-wrote. It may seem l...

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Like a Good Jazz Song, 'The Eddy' is Loose, Unrefined and Will Hit You Right in the Heart

The Eddy opens as any good jazz song should, and with some signature Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land) style—multilayered. A tense jazz song is simultaneously presented to us the audience, as well as to an agent on screen looking to sign talent....

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Unscripted: 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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