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All The Write Moves: 'The Kitchen'

There’s a natural tendency among aspiring screenwriters to seek guidance and inspiration only from critically acclaimed and/or financially successful films and TV shows. Yet it’s just as important for new scribes to study films that don’t connect com...

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Five Types of Screenwriting Paralysis

 

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Tech Tip: Reformatting

Sometimes paragraphs in Final Draft are inadvertently misformatted – Action paragraphs mistakenly render as character names, Scene Headings look like Transitions, lines of dialogue look like Parentheticals.

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All The Write Moves: 'Veronica Mars'

By this point, it’s not bold to describe Veronica Mars as one of Hollywood’s most indestructible franchises. After debuting as a regular series on UPN, where it ran from 2004 to 2005, the show transitioned to the CW for the 2006-2007 season, then ret...

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Tech Tip: Breakdown your Script with the Story Map and Beat Board

Ah, the corkboard. The writer’s roadmap; a finite space for infinite ideas that will eventually become a blueprint for a script. For many writers (and writers’ rooms) the corkboard is an essential tool used for script-breakdown, note taking and more....

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All The Write Moves: 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

Even for moviegoers who aren’t steeped in film industry lore, there’s a lot to unpack from Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. With his customary boldness, Tarantino mixes the story of two fictional characters with a subp...

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Deciding What to Write Next

If you ask for opinions on your writing, you’re likely to get them—both the good, and the constructive. Notes and feedback are part of the creative process. In fact, they are mandatory once you have your very first draft of your script. Without an “a...

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All The Write Moves: 'The Farewell'

Among this summer’s indie breakouts is The Farewell, an American production featuring dialogue almost exclusively in subtitled Chinese. Writer-director Lulu Wang based the story upon an outrageous real-life experience. When Wang’s grandmother was giv...

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How to Network on Social Media

A big mistake writers can make is coming on either as too strong, or as desperate to make connections, particularly on social media. Early screenwriters tend to think they just need to get the right person to read their script — no matter what that t...

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