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Write On: 'Nyad' Writer Julia Cox

The new film Nyad tells the true story of athlete Diana Nyad (Annette Bening) who, at the age of 60 and with the help of her best friend and coach Bonnie (Jody Foster), commits to achieving her life-long dream: a 110-mile open ocean swim from Cuba to...

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Write On: 'Anatomy of a Fall' Writer/Director Justine Triet

“Starting to write a project like this, we always begin with a set of very strong personal desires,” says Anatomy of a Fall writer/director Justine Triet, adding, “I’m quite reticent of scripts that are too clever or that clearly have the intention o...

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Write On: 'Suitable Flesh' Writer Dennis Paoli

“I’m not happy with a script unless I can look through it and find at least five or six pages where there’s no dialogue – where the story tells itself through imagery,” says horror screenwriter Dennis Paoli. Feeling strongly that the screenwriter’s j...

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'Tripped Up': A Story About Friendship (and Screenwriting)

They say, “Write what you know.” And that’s exactly what scribes Cristina Catanzaro and Carrie Shaw did.

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'In The Fire' Writer/Director Conor Allyn on Writing for Amber Heard  

Set in the late 19th century, the new film In the Fire puts a young boy at the center of a battle between science and religion. Directed by Conor Allyn (No Man’s Land), and written by Allyn, Pascal Borno and Silvio Muraglia, the film explores themes ...

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Write On: Appendage Writer/Director Anna Zlokovic

“The Fly was our biggest reference," first time feature writer/director Anna Zlokovic tells Final Draft's Write On podcast about her inspiration for her horror film Appendage. The spooky thriller is about a young fashion designer who sprouts a myster...

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Write On: Teenage Euthanasia's Co-creators Alissa Nutting and Alyson Levy

Adult Swim’s animated sitcom Teenage Euthanasia is back for season 2. Set in a futuristic Florida, the Fantasy family is back at it with comedy and unbearable suffering. The show’s cast includes Cheer’s alum Bebe Neuwirth. Final Draft sat down with t...

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The Bricks of Breaking In: Kung Fu Writer Richard Lowe On The Power of Persistence

Kung Fu’s Richard Lowe didn’t come from a family of storytellers. His parents had their own business and conversations around the dinner table rose out of newspaper articles that Lowe’s mom clipped from the local paper. Although Lowe didn’t really ma...

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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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