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All The Write Moves: 'Joker'

It’s become rare for movies released by major studios to spark heated debate, but director-co-writer Todd Phillips’ Joker, a wild riff on the iconic Batman villain, has done exactly that. By placing the psychotic clown character at the center of a na...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: 5 Ways to Bounce Back From Writing Burnout

When you’ve been burning the midnight oil to meet a writing deadline (or multiple back-to-back deadlines), burnout won’t be far behind. Hopefully after submitting you’ll have some time to recover. And if you don’t, make sure to build more padding int...

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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 Fast Five: 'Friends' and Jordan Peele Prove Well-Written Stories Never Die

A classic sitcom finds new life as a box office attraction, professional wrestling competes for television viewers, and the next ten years of technology is predicted by whoever it is that predicts the next ten years of technology. Welcome to this wee...

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All The Write Moves: 'Ad Astra'

Deliberate, meditative and quiet, Ad Astra joins a noble group of cerebral sci-fi films, many of which are indebted to Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking 1968 epic 2001: A Space Odyssey. At their best, films of this type juxtapose questions about human...

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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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5 Screenwriting Contest Tips from Professional Readers

Ah the dream of being discovered through a screenplay contest; plucked from obscurity and showered with accolades and praise. Maybe some cash for your troubles. But the truth is, most scripts don’t even make it past that first round of cuts, never to...

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