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Visual communication — taking abstract ideas and marrying them with human experience has been around since prehistoric humans first scrawled wildlife representations on the Caves of Altamira. The idea eventually evolved into oral storytelling, then w...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: The Burning Presence of Tilda Swinton in ‘The Human Voice’

It’s not often that Tilda Swinton stars in a short film. Nor is it frequent that director Pedro Almodóvar (Volver, The Skin I Live In) would endeavor to make a short film of someone else’s work. But right now is far from ordinary, and there’s little ...

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Breaking In: Let's Talk about Writing Fellowships

What exactly is a screenwriting fellowship, and how do you get one? Join Final Draft's "Breaking In" series for a panel discussion with established writers who will discuss their personal experience with fellowships, offer insights into how to land o...

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Afro Horror: Upgrading Your Creature Feature

This past week, I hosted a Clubhouse Q & A with my friend through the internet, Josh Rubin. At the top of our discussion we talked about our love for creature features, specifically werewolves. Perhaps in part due to the fact that Rubin’s own film, W...

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Showrunner Linda Yvette Chávez on The Disruptors Fellowship

When Julio Salgado, co-founder of The Disruptors Fellowship, reached out to showrunner Linda Yvette Chávez ( Gentefied) and asked her to take part as a speaker, she says, " I jumped right on it."   The inaugural fellowship, which is for emerging tele...

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History of TV: The Masterful Characterization of BBC's 'Luther'

I’ve watched the Luther pilot three times. The BBC series started in 2010 and despite being “on” for nearly a decade, features only five seasons of bizarre, sadistic murders and mayhem on the dark and moody streets of London — with Idris Elba as DCI ...

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‘Jumbo’ Is an Impressive, Sexy and Wild Ride

If slightly scary metal rides at the fair have never stirred arousal (or at the very least, caused an upchuck of guts), Belgian filmmaker Zoé Wittock will make one reconsider — and perhaps find the nearest traveling fair as soon as possible. Jumbo te...

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'Palmer' Screenwriter Cheryl Guerriero on the Role of Patience in Moviemaking

Palmer screenwriter Cheryl Guerriero knows something about patience when it comes to getting a movie made. She got the idea for Palmer's script back in 2007, but it would take 12 years for the film to finally see the light of day. 

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: ‘Long Weekend’ Has Audiences Packing Their Bags for A Romantic Escape

Long Weekend is one of those romantic comedies that sticks to the guts harder than one may imagine. At first glance it seems a simple walk-and-talk piece; down-on-his-luck guy meets unexpected girl and they have a night at some dive bars that seems o...

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