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The Eyes of Tammy Faye Screenwriter on Writing in a No-Judgement Zone

If you lived through the 80s, you no doubt remember the larger-than-life televangelist power couple Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they were a force of nature. Tammy Faye was known for her clownish makeup and puppet shows; Jim for stealing millions of dollars from his parishioners. Both were mocked by comedians, ridiculed ...

Jungle Cruise Writers Take Inspiration from WWI, Suffragettes and Old-Fashioned Romance

  Jungle Cruise is a delightful thrill ride down the Amazon River and stars Emily Blunt as researcher Dr. Lily Houghton who’s on a quest to find the fabled Tears of the Moon – a plant native to the Amazon jungle that is said to have powerful healing properties. Once in the Amazon, she hires a grifter boat captain, Frank Wolff ...

Black Widow Writer on Making the Story an ‘Emotional investigation of Natasha Romanoff.’

There are NO spoilers here for Black Widow, but if you haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame, you'll want to see it before reading this interview. Remember summer blockbusters? After nearly a year and a half of dark theaters due to the pandemic, Marvel’s standalone superhero movie, Black Widow, hopes to bring the magic of people sitting ...

Three Old-School Ways to Write Better Dialogue

Non-writers often say to me: dialogue should be easy. We all talk, right? What’s so difficult about writing it down? Those of us who have actually tried to craft a scene know better. As noted novelist Thomas Mann once said: “A writer is someone for whom writing is more than it is for other people.” This is true for all parts of writing, ...

Golden Arm Writers Don’t Take No for an Answer

You may know Jenna Milly as the Editor in Chief for Screenwriting Magazine, this fabulous writing blog that shares inspiration from both successful and emerging writers, along with tips on the craft of screenwriting all to support this lovely writing community. I’m incredibly excited to share with you that Milly and her writing partner, Ann ...

Want to Ramp Up the Emotional Tension in Your Story? Try This

One of the most important elements of any story is the emotional tension -- it’s the stuff that makes audiences cry, scream, gasp, and swoon. When you ask most people what their favorite movie is, they often give an emotional reason for loving it. For me, it’s the classic “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946). I watch it every year, and every ...

Oscar-Nominated Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo on Going from Sketch to Screenplay

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, written by and starring Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, is one of the silliest movies you’ll ever see. It’s also one of the most joyful. With bright colors and a sexy Jamie Dornan, watching the movie is like devouring a giant spoonful of marshmallow fluff ­– and it’s exactly what we all need right ...

Bliss Writer/Director Mike Cahill Takes Inspiration From an Ancient Philosopher

If you’ve seen any of writer/director Mike Cahill’s previous films (Another Earth, co-written by actress Brit Marling, 2011;  I Origins, 2014), you know he’s obsessed with exploring mind-tripping alternate realities by crashing science into spirituality. His latest film, Bliss, stars Owen Wilson as Greg, a man reeling from a recent ...

The Poetic, Visual Rhythm of Viggo Mortensen’s Film Falling

Falling is a beautiful film about a son’s experience growing up with an overbearing, often cruel, sometimes amiable father who is now aging and starting to fall into dementia. Anyone who’s ever cared for a parent suffering a similar fate will recognize the painful look on John (Viggo Mortensen) and Sarah’s (Laura Linney) faces when ...
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