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So You Want To Write A Biopic?
Biopics are hotter than ever in the spec market. One of the reasons for this is because as studios and production companies become increasingly focused on established IPs (Intellectual Properties), any name recognition associated with your script is ...
The Disaster Artist and The Anti-Biopic
Biopics will always be in fashion in Hollywood. The recently released Black List of the industry’s favorite unproduced screenplays of 2017 featured scripts are about people as diverse as author J.K. Rowling, filmmaker John Hughes, comedy duo Mike Nic...
Big Break Behind the Scenes: Manager and New Judge Jamie Wager
As we head toward a new competition season, Final Draft is excited to bring a new face to our Big Break panel of judges: manager Jamie Wager.
New Year's Writing Resolutions
NEW YEAR’S WRITING RESOLUTIONS Congratulations writers! You have reached the end of another writing year. Regardless of what stage you are at in your writing career, it’s important to take the time to recognize all you have accomplished in 2017.
Five Lessons Writers Can Learn From The Handmaid’s Tale
The Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale recently swept the Emmys, winning 8 out of the 13 awards it was nominated for, including Outstanding Drama Series. Based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale tells the story of a future where h...
Big Break TV Winner Rowan Wheeler talks SOCIO-PAM
Mention television shows about sociopaths, and we automatically call up Dexter, Hannibal – twisted, dramatic, even horrifying. But can a person lacking empathy and a conscience be the protagonist of a humorous show?
Former Big Break Finalists Talk Landing Jobs as Showrunner's Assistants on "Supernatural" and "The 100"
What is it like to be a Showrunners' Assistant on a hit show? 2016 Big Break finalists Meghan Fitzmartin and Paula Sabbaga take us behind the scenes of Supernatural and The 100, discuss their journeys from Big Break to The CW and remind us the import...
Holiday TV Movies: The Busiest Genre You May Have Overlooked
2016 is on its way out but there’s still time for you to research a busy and often overlooked genre: Holiday TV movies. While there are those who would scoff at the idea of deliberately striving to work in the world of TV movies, that just means ther...
TV Pilot Writing: Building the Skeleton of Your Show
So you’ve got an interesting idea for a pilot and rich, complex characters. What now?
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