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A Big Break Success Story: Otter Space by Benj Thall and Andrew Levine

In 2020, screenwriting team Andrew Levine and Benj Thall’s Family/Animated feature Otter Space placed in the Top 5 of their category, thus beginning their journey to making Otter Space the podcast a reality. The writing duo credits Big Break as essen...

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‘Thirteen Lives’ writer on turning true stories into emotional narratives

For over 40 years, William Nicholson has been writing screenplays, two of which garnered Oscar® nominations. His latest film Thirteen Lives matches him up with Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard in a film delivering an emotional adventure as E...

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How breaking the fourth wall in ‘The Good House’ brings out character

There’s nothing traditional about The Good House. It’s a story with a protagonist who has her AARP card. It’s a story about a drunk who often has her act together. It’s also a story in which protagonist Hildy Good (Sigourney Weaver) breaks the fourth...

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Write On with 'Send Help' Co-Creators Jean Elie & Mike Gauyo

From Insecure alumni Jean Elie and Mike Gauyo, Send Help follows a first-generation Haitian American (Elie) struggling to overcome the challenges in Hollywood while coming to terms with a recent family tragedy. Gauyo shares his thoughts on how partne...

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Davinci International Film Festival hosts first live event in two years

After an inconsistent two years, fall film festivals are back in full swing, including the DaVinci International Film Festival (DIFF). Established in 2017, founder and CEO Chadwick Pelletier says it’s the birth child of nearly three decades of entert...

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Advice on Using Voiceover in Your TV Pilot from 'Physical' Showrunner

Creator and showrunner Annie Weisman (The Path, Desperate Housewives) pulled from her own decades-long struggle with an eating disorder to create an unflinching exploration of the dark inner life of Sheila Rubin (Rose Byrne), a perfectly put-together...

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Lessons on Creating an Effective B Story in Your Script from 'NOPE'

Jordan Peele’s latest sci-fi/horror installment NOPE aka Not Of Planet Earth centers around brother and sister OJ Haywood (Daniel Kaluuya) and Emerald Haywood (Keke Palmer). After the mysterious death of their beloved father, Otis Haywood Sr. (Keith ...

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Spin Me Round' writer-director subverts expectations while embracing fan favorite tropes

Spin Me Round sets up a rom-com world: its poster looks like the cover of a romance novel, and the premise has that rom-com-y wish fulfillment element. Alison Brie’s Amber is being dipped dramatically by Nick Martucci (Alessandro Nivola), who found s...

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Write On with 'Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.' Filmmakers Adamma and Adanne Ebo

Based on writer-director Adamma Ebo's 2018 short film of the same name, Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. follows Trinitie Childs (Regina Hall), the first lady of a prominent Southern Baptist Mega Church, as she attempts to help her pastor-husband, Lee...

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