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How Josh Flanagan Found His Screenwriting Calling with Big Break

Josh Flanagan, the Comedy Feature Winner for the 2022 Final Draft's Big Break Screenwriting Contest, didn’t plan on being a writer. Initially, he wanted to be a director at the University of Texas in Austin’s film school. However, that soon changed w...

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How Video Game Writer Neil Pollner Is Finding Success in Screenwriting

Ifyou’ve heard of the games Mass Effect, Guild Wars 2, or Star Wars: The Old Republic, then you know Neil Pollner’s work. He is a successful video game writer who wrote a genre-bending action-thriller that is bound to make waves in the market. After ...

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5 Screenwriting Insights from a Professional Script Reader

Screenwriting can raise many questions or doubts about whether something is working. While asking your friends to check out your screenplay can be helpful in some ways, having a professional give you feedback can help you create a great, sellable scr...

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How Writer Jason Kaleko Got His Foot in the Door With Big Break

In a world filled with countless screenplay competitions, how do you know which ones can have the biggest impact on your writing career? For writer Jason Kaleko, Final Draft's Big Break Screenwriting Contest was the competition that leveled up his ca...

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Two-Time Big Break Quarterfinalist Finds Success with LGBTQIA-Affirming Webseries

Life is good for writer, producer and actor Frank Arthur Smith. He’s engaged to be married to the love of his life, Matt Hartman; has a supremely organized apartment, thanks to appearing in an episode of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo; he’s had two scri...

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Big Break Sci-Fi/Fantasy Winner Dustin Milligan Signs With Anonymous Content

If you’re a fan of quirky comedy, you most likely know Dustin Milligan as an actor on the Emmy-winning TV show Schitt’s Creek. Charming and handsome, he plays Ted Mullens, the love interest of the confounding Alexis Rose (Annie Murphy). What you prob...

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How to Work Your Win: Catching Up with 2020 Big Break Winner Ben Johnson Jr.

Writer Ben Johnson Jr. had a very specific goal when entering Final Draft’s Big Break – to get repped. “Because I live in South Africa, I knew I needed a manager or agent to champion me and my work in the American market,” he shares. “So I researched...

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What is Screenplay Coverage?

You’ve likely heard the term “coverage” used in reference to screenplays, but what is it and how do you get it? To put it in simple terms, coverage is feedback on your script from an industry professional.

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You’ve Finished Your Screenplay. Now what?

In past articles, I gave advice on how to effectively start and finish a screenplay. Well, let’s say you followed all of my tips and you did it: your screenplay is finished!

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