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The Screenwriter's Guide to Fair Use

Fair use is a legal term you might have heard periodically throughout your life, but you don’t know what it means exactly or how it can impact your screenwriting.

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Write On: Writer Chris Hicks Talks Massive Sale of His Short Story 'I Am Not Alone'

“My cardinal rule – the rule that you cannot break is: don't be boring. Because you can have the perfect script that follows every screenplay formatting rule, but if you're boring, it doesn't matter. First and foremost, you’ve got to hook the reader,...

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Write On: 'Poor Things' Writer Tony McNamara

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5 Reasons Writers Should Take an Acting Class

Hollywood is filled with stereotypes. Here’s one: Writers are introverts who sweat when they’re nervous and hide behind the safety of their laptops and the precious characters they create. Actors, meanwhile, are extroverts who never sweat unless it’s...

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Web Series vs. Traditional TV: Writing for the Digital Age

So... you want to write your own TV show. While you might imagine your pilot gracing network television or a streaming service, many writers are flocking to the internet to make their TV dreams come true as a web series. Writing a web series could be...

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Write On: 'Candy Cane Lane' Writer Kelly Younger

Eddie Murphy’s new holiday comedy Candy Cane Lane pokes fun at the idea of being super competitive during the Christmas decorating season. Kelly Younger sat down with Final Draft’s Write On podcast to talk about writing the spec script that became a ...

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Write On: 'May December' Writer Samy Burch

“A lot of the scenes are [shot in] one take. The space that they hold, the amount of air that they let sit there before saying their next line. I mean it’s an incredible amount of tension and intimacy,” says screenwriter Samy Burch about her new film...

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Protecting Your Screenplay: A Guide to Copyright Registration

In my last article, “Demystifying Copyright”, I broke down some basics of Copyright Law with David Newhoff and Steven Tepp: copyright experts and cofounders of RightsClick (an online service that facilitates copyright registration for writers).

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5 Lessons on Writing a Biopic from Ridley Scott’s 'Napoleon'

Who is Napoleon Bonaparte? Considering how significant he was in 19th-century Europe, it’s surprising that 2023's Napoleon seems to be the biggest and most comprehensive biopic of the French emperor's life over 200 years later. The film, directed by ...

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