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Write On: 'Air' Writer Alex Convery

The film Air was released in theaters back in April – right before the WGA Writer's Strike. It tells the story of how the iconic partnership between Nike shoes and basketball player Michael Jordan came to be way back in 1984. It’s one of those partne...

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Write On: 'Saltburn' Writer/Director Emerald Fennell

“I like having sympathy for the devil. And all of them are devilish!” says Emerald Fennell about her characters in the new film Saltburn.

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4 Elements of a Christmas Movie to Include in Your Script

When it comes to Christmas movies, there is a wide range of choices available depending on the mood you’re in. From the latest Lacey Chabert Hallmark premiere to David Harbour’s turn as a disgruntled John Wick-esque Santa Claus, the possibilities of ...

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Write On: 'The Iron Claw' Writer/Director Sean Durkin

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How to Build Tension and Suspense in Screenplays

It looks so easy when watching a movie, but building tension and suspense is a difficult feat for many aspiring screenwriters. In a finished film, you have an arsenal of cinematic elements that enhance tension and suspense: music, performances, cinem...

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Write On: 'Silo' Showrunner Graham Yost

“It really comes down to scene work. Do these characters pop? Is this fun to read? Is it fun to imagine what’s going to happen next? When you get to the end of that pilot do you want to find out what’s going to happen in the next episode? It’s all of...

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How ‘Godzilla Minus One’ Creates a Fresh Take on a Familiar Story

As Godzilla turns 70 years old, the classic monster of mayhem is getting a series of films and TV shows dedicated to its destructive force. Monarch: Legacy of Monsters premiered on Apple TV in November, Godzilla Minus One, a Japanese language film, b...

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Write On: 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse' Writers Chris Miller, Phil Lord and Dave Callaham

“The lesson we keep learning is that the thing that breaks you [into Hollywood] is your weirdest idea. The thing that only you can write… All of our friends who have done that – it's been a fulcrum in their career,” says Phil Lord, co-writer of Spide...

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Write On: 'Napoleon' Writer David Scarpa

“We can’t make Lawrence of Arabia anymore – not that that’s not a good movie, but it’s kind of a thing of the past,” says screenwriter David Scarpa about writing the script for Napoleon.

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