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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: 'Avengers: Endgame'

Well, it was a big weekend for narrative. 

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All The Write Moves: Endgame

Eleven years after audiences first watched Robert Downey Jr. become an armored superhero in Iron Man, the climax of the interconnected story which that movie began has arrived in the form of Avengers: Endgame. While the picture is nominally a direct ...

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The Screenwriters Coach: Networking

Screenwriters hate networking. And now we’re talking about strategic networking? That’s even worse! Networking is selling your soul, sucking up, laughing at bad jokes… Being strategic about it makes you even more of a %&*#.

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Tech Tips: Tagging for Writers

Tracking characters: it’s at the forefront of any writer’s mind when writing a script. Whether we’re tracking a character’s emotional arc, their interactions with other characters, or how many times they’ve scratched someone’s name off their kill lis...

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The Craft of Screenwriting: Developing from the One-Sheet

One of the most baffling and frustrating things that can happen to a writer is a pass on a script that everyone seems to love. Great characters, wonderful dialogue, sharp storytelling… So, do you want to option/buy/make this? Absolutely not.

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Rising Through the Ranks: Emlyn Crenshaw

Wherever showrunner Carol Barbee is, chances are, Emlyn Crenshaw's there, too.

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All the Write Moves: 'Fosse/Verdon'

The new FX miniseries Fosse/Verdon is a treat for theater fans — and not just because two of the big names behind Hamilton are involved. Depicting the intertwined lives of legendary choreographer/director Bob Fosse, who died in 1987, and celebrated d...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: 10 Tips to Push Through Procrastination

“Help! I need a strategy for beating procrastination.” Procrastination is one of the most common manifestations of writing resistance. You want to write, you have a solid script idea, and you’re ready to get to work, but somehow each day that rolls a...

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All the Write Moves: 'Shazam!'

Despite being the newest arrival on the superhero-cinema scene, Shazam has been around longer than most of his peers, debuting in 1939, just one year after Superman’s first appearance. And while this is not the right space to explore Shazam’s complic...

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