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Why Horror Never Dies
Scary is in. Fear is fashionable. Horror is hot. That’s what we’re told. Judging strictly by box office returns and critical acclaim—not to mention the occasional Academy Award® for best screenplay—horror does seem to be having a moment in the zeitge...
All The Write Moves: The Terror: Infamy
Juxtaposing one of the darkest chapters in American history with traditional Japanese mythology, AMC’s limited series The Terror: Infamy offers a fresh take on small screen horror. Evocative, mysterious and unnerving, the show features customary elem...
All the Write Moves: 'Official Secrets'
In 2003, Katharine Gun, a translator working for British intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), encountered an alarming memo sent from the United States intelligence community. The memo asked British spies to blackmail mem...
5 Ways to Use Genre to Solve Story Problems
“I’m struggling to solve story problems in my screenplay, can you help?”
Tech Tips: Alternate Dialogue
You’re not sure whether the most hilarious comeback line to use is “So’s your mother!” or “I know you are but what am I?” You think the kid should say “I want my two dollars” but your writing partner believes “You owe me two dollars” is far better. Y...
'Angel Has Fallen' Proves Franchise Installments Can Feel Fresh
In a year where the prevailing box office takeaways have indicated a worrying degree of consolidation in which stories are being told—and who gets to tell them—the past weekend’s box office offered some glimmers of hope. Or at the very least, nostalg...
Tech Tip: ScriptNotes in the Navigator
Of all the features in Final Draft 11 designed to help you track, brainstorm, bookmark and edit your story’s ideas, ScriptNotes may be the most obvious; annotating a script is probably as old as the craft itself. New ideas, edits, questions, links to...
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...
Five Types of Screenwriting Paralysis
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