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Weekend Writing Inspiration: Is It Time For a Writing Coach?

Sometimes you need help to make writing happen, solve a story problem, or sort out the next steps in your screenwriting career. One of the most powerful reasons to work with a writing coach is to have someone on your team — someone to turn to when th...

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Shelly Mellott Named President of Final Draft, A Cast & Crew Company

Cast & Crew , which provides payroll and human resources, accounting and financial, and workflow and productivity software and services to the entertainment industry , today announced the promotion of Shelly Mellott to President of Final Draft, whose...

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Thank You, May I Have Another: How to Receive Notes as a Screenwriter

I’ve been part of the same amazing writers group for five years despite my best attempts at getting kicked out. Our process was to read everyone’s work before our meetings then give notes verbally. For the first year, I did not make this easy. When i...

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6 Things To Do Once You Get A Script Request

Congratulations! Despite all of the odds and self doubt, you queried managers and got a script request! It's okay to celebrate. In fact, you should celebrate. You’ve just joined one of the few writers who's had success querying, so it’s okay if you w...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’

Let’s begin with this: until you have watched I’m Thinking of Ending Things, do not read this. In fact, if you can, read no articles about the new drama-thriller before you watch it. The beauty of the film is you get an unfettered glimpse into Charli...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: ‘Mulan’ and ‘Tenet’ Among Highlights

After six months of uncertainty surrounding cinema-going in America, the past week or so has seen a couple of key developments that say a lot about the degree to which COVID-19 has upended the business of telling stories on the big screen.

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The Fast Five: Sony Cashes in on the MCU, and John Boyega Speaks Out

 I hope everybody managed to have a relaxing Labor Day (or Labour Day if you’re reading from Canada or the UK) long weekend. Meanwhile, the industry had so much happening that the reopening of cinemas with the long-delayed release of Tenet and Disney...

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Afro Horror: How To Build Tension In Your Horror Script

To paraphrase my good friend, writer-director Jeff Howard, during our recent virtual interview, horror and comedy are twins separated in the womb. They both rely on tension and release. Never have truer words been spoken. No wonder they pay him the b...

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Write On with 'The Pale Door' Co-Writer and Director Aaron B. Koontz

The Pale Door co-writer and director Aaron B. Koontz discusses his approach to juggling different genres, how he generates ideas for his stories, being vulnerable in your storytelling, and much more.

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