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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: ‘Lovecraft Country’

Right from the first few frames of Lovecraft Country, we know this is no ordinary story. We also simultaneously know this is a story of the American dream, so often broken before it can even get started. Atticus Freeman, aka Tic (played by the steadf...

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Spec Spotlight: Zack Ford Sells 'The Watcher' to Spooky Pictures

Zack Ford is hoping to scare audiences with his spec script The Watcher, which recently sold. The psychological thriller is about a newly engaged couple who move to an apartment in New York City, however the fiancée soon feels that she is being watch...

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Rising Through the Ranks: Saeed Crumpler

For over two decades, 40-year-old Saeed Crumpler took the Oakland, California music industry by storm. With rap hits like Swagger Jackin, and Fa Sho featuring Kendrick Lamar, Crumpler became a rising star gaining fans around the world. It was a fulfi...

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Rising Through the Ranks: 'Better Call Saul' Showrunner's Assistant Valerie Chu

Imagine working for the showrunner of one of the most esteemed shows in Hollywood.

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All the Write Moves: Russian Doll

Songwriters face an inherent conundrum when trying to innovate because the chromatic scale of Western music includes only 12 unique notes. The challenge is to arrange and combine these limited resources in surprising ways. A similar conundrum faces t...

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All the Write Moves: High Flying Bird

“They invented a game on top of a game,” observes a veteran coach in the new sports drama High Flying Bird. Within the context of its scene, the line refers to how long ago, white NBA executives created an infrastructure to retain control at the infl...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: Rewrite Negative Thoughts That Hurt Your Writing

“How can I get rid of the negative thoughts in my head?” When your head is filled with limiting or negative thoughts, it’s hard to stay focused on writing. You’ll get distracted right when you hit a critical story point, possibly not even noticing th...

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Film School Spotlight: The UCLA Extension Writers' Program

As with all artists, there is one place writers go for a sense of direction when lost: The basics.

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Write On with Big Break Grand Prize Winners Jeff Cassidy and Myles Reid

Since winning the 2018 Big Break Screenwriting Contest, writers Jeff Cassidy and Myles Reid have been busy taking industry meetings with managers, agents, and producers. In this episode of Write On, Cassidy and Reid discuss their Big Break experience...

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