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Tech Tips: Collaboration

For many Elton John fans, it’s a well-known fact that when writing a song, the Rocketman and his writing partner Bernie Taupin would retreat to different locations around the world. Bernie would write the lyrics and Elton the music and then they woul...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: 'Anabelle Comes Home'

Although it was considered something of a placeholder ahead of the July 4th holiday, this past weekend's box office offered up some important some lessons from a narrative perspective nevertheless.

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All The Write Moves: 'Good Omens'

By the time prolific novelist Terry Pratchett and former comic book scribe Neil Gaiman wrote the 1990 novel Good Omens together, both men had earned considerable acclaim for their imaginative styles. Working in tandem, they contrived a whimsical fant...

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Tech Tips: Globally Changing Character Names

Congratulations! You’ve just typed FADE OUT on the first draft of your screenplay. You know there will be re-writing, re-working and the re-hashing of old ideas, but you’ve pushed that boulder to the top of the screenwriting hill and completed a draf...

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How to Build a Screenwriting Brand (and Why You Might Want To)

“How can I choose a brand for my screenwriting?”

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Spec Spotlight: Peter Gaffney Sells Sci-Fi Spec 'Don't Go in the Water' to Universal Pictures

After setting up sci-fi specs at both LeVision Entertainment and Lionsgate, New York-based screenwriter Peter Gaffney went on to reportedly sell his spec script Don’t Go in the Water to Universal Pictures in the mid-to-high six figure range. 

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All The Write Moves: 'The Haunting of Hill House'

Fans of last year’s well-reviewed Netflix horror series The Haunting of Hill House, which was based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel of the same name, had to say goodbye to the cast and characters once the first season’s 10-episode storyline concluded...

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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:

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Writer-Director Matt Kane on 'Auggie' and Exploring the Male Ego

A common complaint these days is the fact that cell phone technology, specifically its convenience and efficiency, eliminates the conflict that cinematic narratives rely on. Conversely, Matt Kane’s upcoming debut feature film Auggie shows how emergin...

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