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5 Screenwriting Takeaways From Hulu's 'Pen 15'
Sometimes the state of the world may make adults think we have a monopoly on existential dread, but Pen15 is here to remind us that junior high schoolers have it pretty bad, too. The show's big hook—two women staring down middle age yet effortlessly ...
Against All Odds: How a Black Writer from the Bay Area Queried His Way to Being Repped
Should I query? Should I not query? I was told by so many not to, I was told, “No one reads query letters, anymore.”
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.
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