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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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Pros and Cons of Writing Screenplays with a Partner

Parasite. The Shape of Water. Legally Blonde. Election. No Country for Old Men. What do these titles have in common? All these films were famously written by screenwriting duos who were writing partners. The writers for the above films are ...

Oscar-Nominated Writer Vanessa Taylor on the Ups and Downs of Hillbilly Elegy

J.D. Vance’s memoir Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis struck a cultural nerve when it was published in 2016. In the book, Vance details his personal journey from the poverty of Appalachia, to his service as a Marine, ...

Palm Springs Writer Took Inspiration from 90s Films for Biggest Sundance Sale Ever

Back in January, when movie theaters were still open and film festivals were being held IRL, the quirky, funny and occasionally exasperating film, Palm Springs, made headlines when it premiered at Sundance after Neon and Hulu paid the highest ...

A Writer’s Viral West Wing Tweets Gets Hollywood’s Attention

  One of the most difficult things to do as a screenwriter is to get noticed by Hollywood. Many of us enter screenwriting competitions, network with industry professionals and even make short films in hopes of getting some attention on ...

Why Doesn’t Everyone Love My Script?

Picture this: You give your script to everyone in Hollywood, and they all scream out, as one, I LOVE THIS SCRIPT SO MUCH IT SHOULD BE PUBLISHED AS LITERATURE IMMEDIATELY ALL HAIL THIS MAGNIFICENT WRITER. Most writers are rational human beings ...

Does the World Really Need Your Art?

Human beings have always felt the need to express themselves, beginning with cave drawings of buffalo and spears. The same impulse moves through current poetry, drama, music, and dance. We need art -- it is a fundamental part of human existence. ...

Bill and Ted Face the Music Writers on Writing from Character, Not Structure

It’s excellent that Bill and Ted (Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves, respectively) are back in the bodacious three-quel Bill and Ted Face the Music! It’s heinous to think that it’s been 31 years since the two dudes started time traveling ...

Oscar-winning Writer’s New Film About Police Brutality Looks a Lot Like Today

The 24th is a powerful film about a piece of American history you won’t find in most history books. Kevin Willmott, who won an Academy Award for co-writing 2018’s Blackkklansman, started the script for The 24th many years ago, but brought in ...
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