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Make Your Character the worst Person for the Job
If you read my last column, you may recall that impossible pairings are one of the ways I suggest injecting your Authentic Lens—the way you see the world that nobody else does—into an existing script. Another way to think of impossible pairings is:
The Weekend Movie Takeaway: 'Men in Black: International'
Depending on what time of day you ask, sequels are either the scourge of Hollywood storytelling or the best thing since sliced bread. Following the most recent weekend box office, there will likely be a chorus more in line with the former than the la...
All The Write Moves: 'Shrill'
Some groundbreaking TV shows lead with their revolutionary agendas, while others, like Hulu’s bittersweet dramedy Shrill, challenge perceptions in quieter ways. Based on Lindy West’s nonfiction book of the same name, and developed by West, Aidy Bryan...
5 Ways to Keep Writing This Summer
Summer is here! And with it, all the glorious warm weather and long days featuring drinks by the pool, barbecues, days at the beach, camping trips, vacations, and kids out of school — but your writing? At the bottom of the heap, if you’re not careful...
'Narcos: Mexico' Showrunner Eric Newman on Evolving the Series
With Pablo Escobar and Javier Peña gone, Netflix’s Narcos had a reset when it launched as Narcos: Mexico last fall. The latest installment of the drug drama focuses on the story of DEA agent Kiki Camarena (Michael Peña), who moves his family to Mexic...
Writer-Director Pellan Kågerman on 'Aniara'
Aniara is a Swedish sci-fi feature film written and directed by Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja, based on the 1956 poem by Harry Martinson. Aniara takes place in a future in which Earth’s environment has been ruined to the degree that humanity is force...
Spec Spotlight: 'Fantasy Camp' Writer Sid Karger
What do you do if you grow up in the John Hughes suburbia of Chicago and you want to make movies? If you’re Sid Karger, you follow his footsteps… into advertising. “I didn’t know anyone in film, so I didn’t know how to get into it,” Karger said, addi...
#BeTheChange - Write On with Champion for Change Thuc Nguyen
Screenwriter and founder of The Bitch List Thuc Nguyen discusses how she started the list, unconscious biases and micro-aggressions, buzz words that are past their due date and her projects with women of color protagonists currently in development. T...
The Weekend Movie Takeaway: 'Dark Phoenix'
The 2019 box office has provided plenty of reasons thus far to be encouraged about both the health of the contemporary blockbuster, and the state of modern macro storytelling. But this past weekend's earnings told a slightly different story — one tha...
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