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‘Bliss’ Asks Its Audience to Contemplate Much More Than The Idea of Happiness

The tagline of writer-director Mike Cahill’s new genre bending sci-fi action romance for Amazon sounds simple enough: “Chase something real.” But Cahill in fact gets his audience to deeply question: What is real, and what’s worth chasing? This might ...

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History of TV: ‘Empire’ State of Mind

Everything about Fox’s Empire feels at once familiar and totally, brazenly new. The musical drama aired from 2015 to just last year, but in light of 2020 being so... 2020, it already feels like the show ended a lifetime ago. Empire’s popularity snowb...

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Interview With 'Wrong Turn' Director Mike P. Nelson

It was such a pleasure chatting with Mike P. Nelson, the director behind the Wrong Turn reboot and seventh instalment in writer Alan McElroy's horror-thriller franchise. We discussed the writing process, pitching to Warner Brothers, and his love for ...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways from the Historical-Horror Film 'Shadow in the Cloud'

Shadow in the Cloud is both a World War II film and a horror film. There is a lot in this compelling movie that shows screenwriters how this hyphenated-genre movie by writers Max Landis and Roseanne Liang can guide them toward a budget-conscious and ...

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Write On with 'Falling' Writer-Director Viggo Mortensen

Oscar-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen talks to host Phil Galasso about his transition into writing and directing with  Falling, a stirring drama he also acts in alongside Lance Henriksen. The film is about a man who along with his male partner and ad...

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David Perrault Explores the Family Bond During the Civil War In 'Savage State'

Filmmaker David Perrault doesn’t just believe in conflicts between characters in his stories — both externally and internally — but in the time period in which their stories take place, as well. Which is why he chose the Civil War to be the backdrop ...

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Afro Horror: Sugar Hill (1974)

This month for the Afro Horror podcast, I spoke with guest Evan J. Peterson about the criminally underrated Blaxploitation horror, Sugar Hill. It was my first time viewing this hidden treasure, and I knew immediately from the opening credits set to “...

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A Strategy Primer for Writers: Part II

Welcome back to the strategy primer for writers! This series aims to provide you with a number of productivity strategies to help reduce procrastination and that can be used to build better habits for your writing career.

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Sheryl Anderson: #StartWith8Hollywood Mentor

TV writer and producer Sheryl J. Anderson didn't have a mentor while she was learning the ropes in Hollywood. And while her résumé is studded with success (Charmed, Sweet Magnolias), she admits she wishes she had.

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