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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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Write On: 'The Continental: From The World Of John Wick' Writer Kirk Ward and Director Albert Hughes

“I'm now at a place where I say to myself, ‘What haven't we seen?’ And then we take it to a place that’s completely, absolutely bonkers,” says writer Kirk Ward about his new show The Continental: From The World Of John Wick. “You take the audience do...

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Write On: 'Monarch: Legacy of Monsters' Showrunner Chris Black

Final Draft's Write On podcast sits down with Showrunner Chris Black to talk about his new show, Monarch: Legacy of Monsters. “For it to be successful as a TV series, it couldn't be a show about monsters. It had to be a show about people who happen t...

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Spec Spotlight: Ben Ketai on Selling His First Spec 'Undying' 

Screenwriter/director Ben Ketai was about 12 years old – too young, he admits – when he first saw the Adrian Lyne thriller Fatal Attraction. It left an indelible impression that has lasted well into his career in Hollywood.

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Write On: 'Rustin' Writer Julian Breece

“Be sneaky and read every script that you can get your hands on. If you can work in a studio, read the original draft, read the revisions, see how the script got to the final script. That's what I was doing. I would use the opportunities of working i...

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'Fellow Travelers' Showrunner Shares Secrets to Writing Mind-Blowing Sex Scenes 

Starring the irresistible Matt Bomer and the adorably quirky Jonathan Bailey, Showtime’s new miniseries Fellow Travelers delves into queer American history, tracing the intricate and difficult relationships of two gay men that starts in the 1950s wit...

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Write On: 'The Holdovers' Writer David Hemingson

Director Alexander Payne’s new film The Holdovers, is set in the 1970s and tells the story of a grumpy ancient history instructor (Paul Giamatti) at a New England prep school who’s forced to remain on campus during the Christmas break to babysit the ...

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Write On: 'It's a Wonderful Knife' Writer Michael Kennedy

One year after saving the town of Angel Falls from a psychotic killer on Christmas Eve, Winnie Carruthers (Jane Widdop) can’t let the fear and guilt of the event go. Struggling to make sense if her life, she wishes she’d never been born – only to fin...

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Write On: 'The Morning Show' Showrunner Charlotte Stoudt

Season 3 of The Morning Show is now streaming on Apple TV+. With some of the most engaging actors working in television (Jennifer Anniston, Reese Witherspoon, Billy Crudup and Nicole Beharie), showrunner Charlotte Stoudt talks with us about some of t...

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