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Write On with 'Me Time' Writer-Director John Hamburg

Starring Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg, Me Time follows a stay-at-home dad (Hart) who joins an old friend (Wahlberg) on a wild birthday adventure while his family is away. Writer-director John Hamburg discusses his approach to balancing character and ...

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Saving and Backing Up Your Screenplay Files

The importance of a screenwriter saving and backing up their work cannot be stressed enough. Creativity is a precious thing and you have to seize those sometimes fleeting moments of inspiration. If you’re in the zone writing something you’re particul...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: ‘The Gray Man's’ character development can level-up your craft

Moviegoers love characters who specialize, especially in violence. It’s even better if they’ve been part of a secret government program and can focus their specialty on someone more vicious than they are.

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Write On with 'The Inhabitant' Writer and Big Break Finalist Kevin Bachar

  Photo courtesy of Kevin Bachar 2017 Big Break Category Winner Kevin Bachar stopped by the Write On podcast to discuss his new feature, The Inhabitant, starring Dermot Mulroney and Leslie Bibb. "It's a relative of Lizzie Borden set in modern times,"...

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Unearthing the History of Black Spectacle in Jordan Peele’s NOPE

 

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Equipped: Tips and Quips from creator and executive producer Samm Hodges

What makes a successful writer tick? How do they handle bad news? How have others changed their lives and how do they pay it forward? If you want to learn from the best, you’ve come to the right place. 

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Characters That inspire: Arthur Dent from 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'

Which characters inspire your writing? Nottingham-based screenwriter, filmmaker and festival programmer Sam Kurd shares a special kinship with a great literary character and their archetype.

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: How ‘The Bear’ masters the specificity of kitchen life

Working in a restaurant is often a rite of passage for a creative. If you’ve never done booze or meat inventory in a commercial freezer are you even a screenwriter? That’s likely why so many have connected to The Bear. The specificity of the food ser...

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Write On with 'Thor: Love and Thunder' Co-Writer Jennifer Kaytin Robinson

Thor Odinson makes his triumphant return to the MCU with the franchise's latest installment, Thor: Love and Thunder, once again starring Chris Hemsworth in the titular role alongside Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, and writer-director Taika Waititi....

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