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Unheralded Scene: THE SIXTH SENSE (1999)
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Unheralded Scene: THE SIXTH SENSE (1999)

Unheralded Scene: THE SIXTH SENSE (1999) In our “Unheralded Scene” series, our consultants nominate a classic film or TV scene, which in their view hasn’t received the admiration it deserves. It might be a scene from a classic movie, which has been crowded out by other, more “showy” scenes and

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little miss sunshine
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Unheralded Scene: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (2006)

Unheralded Scene: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (2006) In our “Unheralded Scene” series, our consultants nominate a classic film or TV scene, which in their view hasn’t received the admiration it deserves. It might be a scene from a classic movie, which has been crowded out by other, more “showy” scenes and

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tom hiddleston interview
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The Insider Interviews: Tom Hiddleston Interview

We interviewed actor Tom Hiddleston as part of our Insider Interviews series way back in 2011, as his star was beginning to rise. Since then, he’s become a household name courtesy of outstanding performances in THE AVENGERS, WAR HORSE, THOR, THE DEEP BLUE SEA, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS and others. Tom

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Unheralded Scene - Moneyball
Craft

Unheralded Scene: MONEYBALL (2011)

Unheralded Scene: MONEYBALL (2011) In our “Unheralded Scene” section, our consultants nominate a classic film or TV scene, which in their view hasn’t received the admiration it deserves. It might be a scene from a classic movie, which has been crowded out by other, more “showy” scenes and set-pieces. It

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Unheralded Scene - Cold Souls
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Unheralded Scene: COLD SOULS (2009)

Unheralded Scene: COLD SOULS (2009) In our “Unheralded Scene” series, our consultants nominate a classic film or TV scene, which in their view hasn’t received the admiration it deserves. It might be a scene from a classic movie, which has been crowded out by other, more “showy” scenes and set-pieces.

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Unheralded Scene - Charlie Wilson's War
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Unheralded Scene: CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR (2007)

Unheralded Scene: CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR (2007) In our “Unheralded Scene” series, our consultants nominate a classic film or TV scene, which in their view hasn’t received the admiration it deserves. It might be a scene from a classic movie, which has been crowded out by other, more “showy” scenes and

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Screenwriting Determination
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10 Great Tales of Screenwriting Determination

Where There’s a Will There’s a Way They say where there’s a will, there’s a way and if ever a profession needed to believe this mantra, it’s that of screenwriting. So pump yourself up, splash some cold water on your face and, as infamous ENTOURAGE uber-agent Ari Gold would say: “strap

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Unheralded Scene: The Flight of the Phoenix
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Unheralded Scene: THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (1965)

Unheralded Scene: THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (1965) In our “Unheralded Scene” section, our consultants nominate a classic film or TV scene, which in their view hasn’t received the admiration it deserves. It might be a scene from a classic movie, which has been crowded out by other, more “showy”

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Unheralded Scene - Up in the Air
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Unheralded Scene: UP IN THE AIR (2009)

Unheralded Scene: UP IN THE AIR (2009) In our “Unheralded Scene” series, our consultants nominate a classic film or TV scene, which in their view hasn’t received the admiration it deserves. It might be a scene from a classic movie, which has been crowded out by other, more “showy” scenes

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Silence of the Lambs
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Unheralded Scene: THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)

Unheralded Scene: THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991) In our “Unheralded Scene” series, our consultants nominate a classic film or TV scene, which in their view hasn’t received the admiration it deserves. It might be a scene from a classic movie, which has been crowded out by other, more “showy”

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film genres
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The 10 Hardest Film Genres to Write

Be in no doubt about it – if you’re going to write for the screen, then you’re going to be writing genre. Thriller, sci-fi, crime, fantasy, comedy, horror and so on, everyone wants genre and these days they often want two genres, a comedy isn’t enough: it has to be

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how to train your dragon
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Unheralded Scene: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (2010)

Unheralded Scene: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (2010) In our “Unheralded Scene” series, our consultants nominate a classic film or TV scene, which in their view hasn’t received the admiration it deserves. It might be a scene from a classic movie, which has been crowded out by other, more “showy”

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Shooting Fish
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Richard Holmes – The Insider Interviews

Producer Richard Holmes is that reassuring thing: a successful UK film producer who, on the evidence of our interview, is apparently an affable, centred human being. Such a disposition probably benefited the on-set atmosphere during production of the bloodcurdling EDEN LAKE (2008), his most recent success. His forthcoming film RESISTANCE

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Paramount Pictures
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Alexei Boltho – The Insider Interviews

Alexei Boltho began his career in film and television over 10 years ago as a documentary researcher but soon felt the pull of cinema and got his first break in film working as assistant to Paul Trijbits at London based Hungry Eye. He then moved on to work for Judy

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sexy beast
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David Scinto – The Insider Interviews

David Scinto Interview David Scinto, screenwriter of SEXY BEAST, 44 INCH CHEST and GANGSTER NO. 1, in conversation with Industrial Scripts back in 2010. Going back to the beginning, did you always know you wanted to write? I’ve always written things: poetry, songs, stories. I never really had the idea

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Stuart Hazeldine
British Film

Stuart Hazeldine – The Insider Interviews

Writer-director Stuart Hazeldine was interviewed as part of our Insider Interviews series way back in 2010, and this Q & A was originally published on our old site. Since this interview came out, Stuart has sat in rooms and talked hard story with Steven Spielberg and Michael Mann, seen not

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same but different
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“The Same, but Different” – Screenwriting Tips

  How many times have you heard someone describe a film as “it’s something meets something”? Unoriginal, or the keys to producers’ bank vaults? Industrial Scripts examines how to improve your chances of a spec sale – without selling out your originality with a list of our invaluable screenwriting tips.

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Screenwriters in Hollywood
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11 Screenwriters on The Big Screen

What kind of screenwriter are you? Industrial Scripts takes a look at the myriad personalities of screenwriters to feature on the silver screen… 1. SUNSET BOULEVARD – The Broke Screenwriter The top dog of screenwriters on the big screen, Joe Gillis (William Holden) is a B-movie screenwriter whose latest script

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Aaron Sorkin
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The World’s Highest Paid Screenwriters

The World’s Highest Paid Screenwriters   Screenwriting can mean seriously big money for those at the top. After all, screenplays usually account for around 1-3% of a film’s budget, and when a budget soars (as Hollywood tentpoles and Netflix originals often do)…well…get your calculator out. Some screenwriters can start breaking

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Top Female Screenwriters
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The Top Female Screenwriters

Beneath the murky waters of the western film industry, the odyssey towards equality is ongoing, and according to ‘Celluloid Ceiling’ – an industry consensus conducted by the Centre for Women in Film and Television – the beast of gender-bias has, once again, reared its ugly head. The report revealed a two

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Kathryn Bigelow - Where is the Female Talent
Film

Where is the Female Talent?

Where is the female talent of screenwriters & directors? Recent figures cast a gloomy picture; employment of women in film and TV has fallen to 15 year lows; only two female directed films cracked 2013’s Top 100 Box Office, with Kimberley Peirce’s CARRIE, the top solo female directed film, coming

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High Turnover of Script Consultants
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11 Ways to Spot a Charlatan Script Consultant

Why all the Script Consultants?   After spending many decades lurking on the fringes of the entertainment industry, script consultants and their services are finally getting some PR (good, bad and ugly) and slowly overturning the ideology of the isolated and revered genius screenwriter which has dominated the amateur imagination. But

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Being John Malkovich - Underdog Films that Beat the Odds
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10 Underdog Films With a Script That Beat The Odds

A Crazy Script Can Beat The Odds Every screenwriter at one time experiences the look of confusion and ridicule in the face of a friend, producer or agent when they pitch their craziest or most ambitious ideas – but fear not, even some of the greats were once in the

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Colin Firth, British Film Industry Stereotypes
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13 Stereotypes of the British Film Industry

13 Stereotypes of the British Film Industry: True or False? Does the British film industry produce the best talent? Does the land of Shakespeare respect the writer? Is anything happening outside of London? Industrial Scripts assesses perceptions of the UK film industry – where do you stand on the following

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Jane Goldman - British Screenwriters Broke into Hollywood
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10 British Screenwriters Who Broke Into Hollywood

10 British Screenwriters Who Broke Into Hollywood Our own screenwriting talent is well known on these shores – Simon Beaufoy, Richard Curtis, David Hare, Abi Morgan, Tom Stoppard, Peter Morgan, William Nicholson… the list is impressive. But what about Brit talent working in Hollywood? Industrial Scripts looks at British Screenwriters

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Framing scenes in BEGINNERS starring Ewan McGregor
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Framing Scenes for Maximum Impact – Lessons from BEGINNERS

  Fertile stories and multi-faceted characters will only take a script so far if the writer cannot repeatedly craft memorable and compelling framing scenes. Industrial Scripts looks at Ewan McGregor starrer BEGINNERS for inspiration in making scenes stand out. Writer-Director Mike Mills (no, not the bass player from R.E.M) is

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Screenwriting Lessons from Midnight Cowboy
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Screenwriting Lessons from Midnight Cowboy

Mastering the basics is an essential step in any screenwriter’s career progression – and yet many aspiring screenwriters forego very simple script choices which would make their projects stand out from the swirling mass of unfilmable spec scripts.

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Twitter Screenwriting Accounts Screenwriters Must Follow

As our article on Jeffrey Katzenberg highlighted, gathering industry intel is vital for making it in this business. Industrial Scripts looks to the best Twitter Screenwriting resources – from box office numbers, to job opportunities and just plain amusing screenwriters given a voice. Of course, there’s also our own @Indust_Scripts

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M. Night Shyamalan - Screenwriter Burned Bright Then Faded
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10 Hollywood Screenwriters Who Burned Bright and Then Faded

Burning Bright Becoming a professional screenwriter is one thing, but staying at the top of the Hollywood screenwriters game is quite another. After last week’s look at Screenwriters Who Broke In Late, Industrial Scripts looks at those Hollywood screenwriters who hit the big time, but whose star gradually faded.

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David Seidler - Screenwriters who Broke in Late
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10 Screenwriters Who Broke In Late

Despite the image of the wunderkind screenwriter a-la Orson Welles or Diablo Cody, many screenwriters broke in late to the game, with a wealth of wisdom and life experience to fuel their writing. As an encouragement to those who remember a time before the internet, or to those who are

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Jeffrey Katzenberg – 10 Lessons For Screenwriters

Jeffrey Katzanberg From bringing STAR TREK to the big screen, reviving Disney’s fortunes in the 80s and 90s, to being the K in Dreamworks SKG, Jeffrey Katzenberg has been a pivotal industry figure for four decades. “I have rhino skin. Rejection is part of the process. If I took it

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Walter White - Unique Character Job In Movie
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10 Unique Character Jobs In Movies

“I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.” – Liam Neeson’s Bryan Mills in TAKEN. Can we cast it?

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four quadrant movies
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10 Great Quadrant Movies Screenwriters Can Learn From

  With the box office increasingly dominated by big budget ‘Four Quadrant’ movies, squeezing out mid-budget releases, Industrial Scripts looks at the recipe for quadrant movies’ success in that seemingly impossible goal – appealing to everyone. Firstly, what are four-quadrant movies? Four-quadrant movies are mass-appeal films, very much favoured by

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The Shining - Mid-Budget Films wouldn't get made today
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10 Mid-Budget Movies that Wouldn’t Get Made Today

Mid-Budget Movies Fading After Spielberg and Lucas’ dire warnings on the future of the film industry and the growing box office prominence of high budget tentpole releases, many audience members are asking; where are the mid-budget movies classics of yesteryear? Industrial Scripts breaks down the reasons behind the loss of

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UK Screenwriters Earn - Money
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How Much do UK Screenwriters Earn?

In America, screenwriters can earn an average annual wage of $77,260. At least, that’s what the Bureau of Labour Statistics tells us. The evidence is there: Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio earned $5m for their spec of DEJA VU, while M. Night Shyamalan took home a healthy pay packet of £2.5m for THE

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Mid-Budget Movies Wouldn't Get Made Today
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Script Consultant tales…

This is a script consultant tale. The year was 2009. The place was Los Angeles. The complimentary pastries were quite nice actually. Industrial Scripts was attending a masterclass at the now sadly defunct Screenwriter’s Expo. Acclaimed writer James Dalessandro  – whose 1906 San Francisco Earthquake epic may or may not

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good movies or bad movies
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Is it Smarter to make Bad Movies, or No Movies at all?

After years of hard labour, you birth your fledgling screenplay Little Miss Sunshine to the world, the film grosses $100m and you take the reins to the Star Wars Empire (the writing side of things, not the keys to a Death Star). Congratulations, you are Michael Arndt. But such debut

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American Flag - Hot Tub Time Machine
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Everything America Course Launches

*Just launched*: our latest 1-day training seminar, EVERYTHING AMERICA, for Producers, Directors and Writers with one eye on working in Hollywood. Covers every possible aspect incl. Unions, Agents, Managers, VISAs, where to stay, common pitfalls, the TV industry, huge contacts sheets & much more. 1st course date runs on SUNDAY

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brit list scripts 2014
Film/TV News

The Brit List Scripts 2013

Recently the Brit List scripts were announced. These are the best unproduced scripts of the year in the UK, as voted for by producers, agents and executives. Full details below.

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Hot Tub Time Machine - Electric Boogaloo
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Hot Tub Time Machine 2: Electric Boogaloo

Word has started circulating that MGM is exploring a sequel to Hot tube Time Machine”, an idea I agree with since the original was a perfectly good standalone film with the potential to make more money as a fan of the franchise. MGM, if you’re reading this please feel free to

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How not to approach a screenplay agent
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How Not to Approach a Screenplay Agent

This is a brilliant page from the Knight Hall Literary Agency – one of the UK’s leading screenplay agent company who are representing screenwriters, directors and authors. It’s essential reading for screenwriters in particular, and while there are some extreme (true life!) examples below, general etiquette and knowing how to deal

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evolution of a script development career
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The Evolution of a Script Development Career

One of the questions we’re asked most at Industrial Scripts is, “how do I build a career in script development?” It’s not an exact science by any means, but the key to getting ahead in development is to pay your dues. The blunt truth is that Ridley Scott is not

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brit list scripts 2014
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The Brit List Scripts 2011

As in previous years, the UK and Irish film community have compiled a list of their most liked and recommended unproduced screenplays that make up the Brit List Scripts 2011. Out of over 160 screenplays nominated the projects below achieved the 3 votes or more needed in order to appear on

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Industrial Scripts Logo - Press Release
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Launch of Takedown Pictures & Bedlam Productions Project

Press Release Launch 30.09.11 Bedlam Productions/Takedown Pictures THE KING’S SPEECH PRODUCERS SECURE RIGHTS TO CLASSIC TALE OF RUGBY RIVALRY   Bedlam Productions, producers of the acclaimed feature film “The King’s Speech”, announced today their new project “The Grudge”. A dramatic telling of the infamous 1990 Five Nations Grand Slam rugby

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Industrial Scripts Press Release – 20.07.2011

Industrial Scripts Press Release 20.07.11 For immediate release: Industrial Scripts launches first UK writer promotion programme, backed by Curtis Brown Group The ongoing programme assesses projects and champions the best unrepped writing talent using Industrial Scripts’ experience and network. It is the first of its kind in the UK and

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talent connector
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Talent Connector Launches…

Talent Connector launches… This week (11/07) and next Industrial Scripts’ unique Talent Connector launches, for the first time. The scheme, which is only open to unrepresented writers and filmmakers, is the first of its kind in the UK and will address the increasing challenges facing new and disconnected talent in

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UK Scriptwriters Podcast Sponsorship

UK Scriptwriters Podcast Sponsorship We’re delighted to announce our sponsorship of the hugely popular UK Scriptwriters Podcast, led by screenwriters Danny Stack and Tim Clague. In the podcast, Tim and Danny discuss a wide range of screenwriting topics, and offer advice to writers of all levels on different areas of

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