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5 Ways to Use Genre to Solve Story Problems
“I’m struggling to solve story problems in my screenplay, can you help?”
The Weekend Movie Takeaway: 'Toy Story 4'
When it comes to the business of telling stories on screen, the definition of success is constantly evolving. Since the mid-to-late 1980s, we have mostly relied upon the opening weekend box office to be the key indicator, but this past weekend's resu...
All The Write Moves: 'Rocketman'
A recurring theme in media coverage surrounding Rocketman, the Elton John biopic, is the length of time it took the picture to get made. John and his husband, David Furnish, both of whom have producing credits on the film, began development work in t...
Four Ways to Inject Your DNA Into Your Script
William Goldman famously said, “Nobody knows anything. Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what's going to work.”
All The Write Moves: 'Booksmart'
Since catching attention at Sundance in January, foul-mouthed comedy Booksmart — the feature directorial debut of actor Olivia Wilde — has won praise for its energy and heart, as well as for the endearing star turns by its young leads, Kaitlyn Dever ...
The Weekend Movie Takeaway: 'Godzilla King of the Monsters'
The biggest trend in major cinematic narratives these days is of course, the shared universe concept. Disney/Marvel proves the value of such connectivity between movies with every new release. That amazing and sustained success has led to every other...
10 Ways to Get Back to Productive Writing
Perfectionism, by definition, means “striving for impossibly high goals.” It is one of the most paralyzing obstacles writers face.
All The Write Moves: 'Catch-22'
For nearly as long as miniseries have existed, the format has provided opportunities for Hollywood to revisit esteemed novels in greater depth than their previous, standard-length feature film adaptations. Back in the day, this practice was exemplifi...
The Screenwriter's Coach: Clarity is the Secret to Success
Admit it, you already hate me after reading that headline. How dare I limit you to being and talking about only one thing?! If five-years-ago-me had read that headline, I would have punched it. I thought that the more willing I was to write and be a...
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