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Like a Good Jazz Song, 'The Eddy' is Loose, Unrefined and Will Hit You Right in the Heart

The Eddy opens as any good jazz song should, and with some signature Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land) style—multilayered. A tense jazz song is simultaneously presented to us the audience, as well as to an agent on screen looking to sign talent....

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Unscripted: This Week in Screenwriting News

Screenwriting career consultant Lee Jessup discusses this week's success stories, industry news, online events, and more.

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Clark Duke Gets His Directorial Debut in 'Arkansas'

Arkansas is a movie that feels all at once familiar and surprising. In Clark Duke’s directorial debut, the man mostly known for his off-beat comedy acting points his camera at a cast of simultaneously ordinary and extraordinary characters who make up...

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Writer-Actress Nia Fairweather's 'Four Seasons' Bears Hope for the Indy Filmmaker

Back in February, before the novel coronavirus hit and temporarily upended the industry, writer and actress Nia Fairweather’s Four Seasons premiered at the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in Los Angeles. Reception to the film, which follows Charisse...

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Write On with 'GLOW' Co-Creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch

GLOW co-creators Carly Mensch and Liz Flahive discuss the way they approach character, their choice to take the show to Las Vegas in Season 3, how they got their starts as writers, and more. 

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Spec Spotlight: Zack Ford Sells 'The Watcher' to Spooky Pictures

Zack Ford is hoping to scare audiences with his spec script The Watcher, which recently sold. The psychological thriller is about a newly engaged couple who move to an apartment in New York City, however the fiancée soon feels that she is being watch...

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Week 9: Video Interview with Lee Jessup on What Writers CAN Do Now

Screenwriting career coach Lee Jessup answers your questions and talks more about what writers CAN be doing during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Write On with Hulu's 'The Great' Creator Tony McNamara

Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and creator of Hulu's The Great Tony McNamara discusses his approach to writing period pieces, the shifting tones of the show, and more! 

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Write On with 'Valley Girl' Director Rachel Lee Goldenberg

Valley Girl director Rachel Lee Goldenberg discusses the personal passion she brought to the story, how she approaches a script as a director, her work on the cult classic Lifetime film A Deadly Adoption, and more. 

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