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Writer-Director Abe Forsythe Serves Up Big Fun in 'Little Monsters'

Is it weird to say a zombie movie is cute? Well, Little Monsters is cute. And gory, funny, full of F-bombs and laced with a little romance—just about everything you want in a zom-com. 

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Teaching From the Trenches: Screenwriter Ian Shorr Hits Pause to Pay It Forward

Many screenwriters teach a screenwriting class after their cache has dried up in Hollywood; long after they have any relevance or connection to the industry, they finally decide to share their experiences.

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From Green to Greenlit: The Steps an Idea Takes to The Screen

Most beginning screenwriters believe this is the career of a screenwriter: Write script, get paid, repeat.

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#BeTheChange - Write On with Kelli McNeil & Alexander Yellen of 'Daruma'

Writer Kelli McNeil and director Alexander Yellen discuss the Seed & Spark campaign for their new film Daruma, the personal origins of the story, why casting actors with disabilities was important to Kelli and Alex, and much more.

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The Computer and The Screenplay: Why Screenwriters Should Care About VFX

Photo courtesy of Joseph J. Lawson, Portals of Wonder Media*    In movie lingo, visual FX (VFX) and special effects (SFX) are not interchangeable. Visual FX are digital and created in post-production while special effects are created on a set during ...

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The Triumphant Return of LALIFF

Last year, the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) returned after a five-year hiatus. Back again this past summer, LALIFF “doubled in audience, sponsors and excitement,” says Rafael Agustín, LALIFF’s Executive Director. “We weren’...

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Write On with Emergence Creators Tara Butters & Michele Fazekas

Emergence creators & showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas discuss their approach to writing the show, their influences while developing it, their work on previous shows and more. 

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Spec Spotlight: Meredith Dawson Sells Spec to Universal, Paul Feig to Produce

Screenwriter Meredith Dawson is hoping to reignite the romantic comedy genre with the recent sale of her spec script, When Michael Met Carrie…and Other People. Universal Pictures snapped up the script, which will also be directed by Dawson, with Paul...

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New Workshops Provide Tools + Experience for Female and Diverse Screenwriters

There’s a new organization in Hollywood offering workshops for writers with diverse backgrounds looking to break into the television industry. The Writers Room 5050 was created by award-winning writer-director-producer Evette Vargas, and actress-prod...

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