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All The Write Moves: 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

Even for moviegoers who aren’t steeped in film industry lore, there’s a lot to unpack from Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. With his customary boldness, Tarantino mixes the story of two fictional characters with a subp...

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Deciding What to Write Next

If you ask for opinions on your writing, you’re likely to get them—both the good, and the constructive. Notes and feedback are part of the creative process. In fact, they are mandatory once you have your very first draft of your script. Without an “a...

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Rising Through the Ranks: Raul Martin of VIDA

Raul Martin never saw himself in the characters he watched in film and television. As a nearly seven-foot-tall LGBTQ Spanish man in his late thirties, Martin yearned to see himself—along with other minorities—represented in entertainment. Since findi...

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Writer-Director Julius Onah on Adapting 'Luce' for the Big Screen

A provocative character drama centered around pertinent notions of race in modern America, Julius Onah's new film Luce generates a lot of questions, but stops well short of ever telling the audience what to think.

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Write On with Graphic Novelist Debbie Lynn Smith of Kymera Press

Graphic novelist and founder of Kymera Press Debbie Lynn Smith discusses her transition from novelist to television writer to graphic novelist, how she manages the global team at Kymera, her recent deal with The Smithsonian and more. 

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All The Write Moves: 'The Farewell'

Among this summer’s indie breakouts is The Farewell, an American production featuring dialogue almost exclusively in subtitled Chinese. Writer-director Lulu Wang based the story upon an outrageous real-life experience. When Wang’s grandmother was giv...

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Quentin Tarantino has Biggest Opening Weekend with 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

 

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How to Network on Social Media

A big mistake writers can make is coming on either as too strong, or as desperate to make connections, particularly on social media. Early screenwriters tend to think they just need to get the right person to read their script — no matter what that t...

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Tech Tips: Using Bookmarks

Final Draft gives you several ways to move around in your script quickly – the Navigator panels, the Scene View, and the Index Cards.

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