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All the Write Moves: Ant-Man and the Wasp

There’s an easygoing charm to Ant-Man (2015) and its current sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, that some Marvel Cinematic Universe pictures with more spectacle and sweep can’t match. And while Ant-Man and the Wasp isn’t nearly as sprightly as its predece...

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Won't You Be My Neighbor?: A Master Class on How to Honor a Legend and Not Mess It Up

The heartwarming documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? from award-winning director Morgan Neville paints a candid portrait of Fred Rogers of the beloved children’s program, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

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Spec Spotlight: Aaron W. Sala Talks The Beast

When Northern California native Aaron W. Sala submitted his horror-thriller script to the 2017 Launch Pad Screenwriting Competition, he was hoping for some unbiased professional notes. What he got after becoming a finalist was representation and the ...

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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...

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Five Things Writers Can Learn From Big Little Lies

Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies has been praised by critics and audiences alike for its depiction of strong, confident and complicated women. Nominated for 16 Emmy® Awards and winner of eight, the HBO mini-series was adapted by ...

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Five Lessons Writers Can Learn From "Ray Donovan"

For five seasons, Ray Donovan has been one of the highest rated series on Showtime. Created by Ann Biderman, a screenwriter whose credits include Copycat (1995), Primal Fear (1996), and Public Enemies (2009), Ray Donovan is a crime-drama series focus...

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Tech Tips: How to Customize Element Settings

If you need to change how a particular paragraph type (i.e. Scene Heading, Dialogue, Action. Etc.) looks, Final Draft makes it easy.

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STRANGER THINGS and "Barb": Creating Sub-Support Characters

(WARNING: Spoilers fall like leaves in here!)

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Five Things Screenwriters Can Learn From Stronger

Stronger tells the true story of Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, directed by David Gordon Green, and written by John Pollono (based on Bauman's memoir), the film is a highly emotional and ...

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