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Write On: 'Dumb Money' Writers Lauren Schuker Blum & Rebecca Angelo

“When we were starting [to write screenplays], we were told, ‘Write your story, write your story, write your story.’ But our story is not that interesting. So, I would say, don't write your story necessarily, write the story that you fall in love wit...

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Write On: 'Blackberry' Writers Matt Johnson & Matthew Miller

Final Draft's Write On Podcast sits down with Blackberry writers Matt Johnson and Matthew Miller to talk about how they wrote this epic story of the rise and fall of the world's first portable email phone machine.

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Write On: 'Air' Writer Alex Convery

The film Air was released in theaters back in April – right before the WGA Writer's Strike. It tells the story of how the iconic partnership between Nike shoes and basketball player Michael Jordan came to be way back in 1984. It’s one of those partne...

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Write On: 'Saltburn' Writer/Director Emerald Fennell

“I like having sympathy for the devil. And all of them are devilish!” says Emerald Fennell about her characters in the new film Saltburn.

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Write On: 'The Iron Claw' Writer/Director Sean Durkin

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Write On: 'Silo' Showrunner Graham Yost

“It really comes down to scene work. Do these characters pop? Is this fun to read? Is it fun to imagine what’s going to happen next? When you get to the end of that pilot do you want to find out what’s going to happen in the next episode? It’s all of...

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Write On: 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse' Writers Chris Miller, Phil Lord and Dave Callaham

“The lesson we keep learning is that the thing that breaks you [into Hollywood] is your weirdest idea. The thing that only you can write… All of our friends who have done that – it's been a fulcrum in their career,” says Phil Lord, co-writer of Spide...

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Write On: 'Napoleon' Writer David Scarpa

“We can’t make Lawrence of Arabia anymore – not that that’s not a good movie, but it’s kind of a thing of the past,” says screenwriter David Scarpa about writing the script for Napoleon.

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Write On: Writer Chris Hicks Talks Massive Sale of His Short Story 'I Am Not Alone'

“My cardinal rule – the rule that you cannot break is: don't be boring. Because you can have the perfect script that follows every screenplay formatting rule, but if you're boring, it doesn't matter. First and foremost, you’ve got to hook the reader,...

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