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Writers Block Secret Window
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15 In-Depth Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block for Screenwriters

15 In-Depth Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block for Screenwriters   Now more than ever is a time for creativity. But it’s easier said than done to get started on your next screenplay, first screenplay or even screenplay outline. Writer’s block is a curse that haunts screenwriters just as much as

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Danny Boyle Quotes
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15 Electric Danny Boyle Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers

Forever Changing: 15 Danny Boyle Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers His mother had plans for him to go into the priesthood. But Danny Boyle left the path of Catholicism and found a new religion, whilst studying English and Drama at university. It was a passion for drama and it would

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Writing a Scene: What Are The 10 Key Steps To Dramatic Excellence?

Writing a Scene: Breaking Down the 10 Key Steps in Getting Started As with most stages of the screenwriting process, writing a scene is a journey of discovery. It is useful to start the process of scene-creation by asking some questions. Once we know the answers to these questions, we can begin

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Voice-Over Narration in Screenplays: The Ultimate Guide

Voice-Over Narration—How to Get it Right and How to Get it Very Wrong A common piece of advice given to newer screenwriters is: avoid voice-over narration at all costs. This can be confusing for the fresh-faced writer. After all, many of their favourite films feature movie voice-over. Not only that,

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15 Brilliant Flashback Examples for Screenwriters and Filmmakers

15 Brilliant Flashback Examples That Show How to Best Use It It’s almost hard to think of a modern film that doesn’t have a flashback example somewhere within it. Of course, that’s not strictly true. But it is true that flashbacks are a key part of a screenwriting arsenal. Modern

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28 Days Later - Post Apocalyptic Movie
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The 6 Pillars of Writing a Great Post-Apocalyptic Movie

How to Write a Great Post-Apocalyptic Movie   The post-apocalyptic movie feels eerily relevant. Deserted streets, daily political briefings, biotech-clad figures. These are no longer just science fiction fantasies. But writers have always been keen to explore visions of a post-apocalyptic world. It’s a well-tread genre filled with its own

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Todd Phillips
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15 Todd Phillips Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers

15 Todd Phillips Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers   While some of the best directors find themselves permanently in one niche, Todd Phillips seems to thrive by bouncing around. A director who started out writing and directing documentaries in the 90’s, Todd Phillips turned his attention to funnier films in

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Stranger Than Fiction
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50 Energising Screenwriting Productivity Hacks

The 50 Ultimate Screenwriting Productivity Hacks Why are productivity hacks important for screenwriters? What distinguishes screenwriting productivity hacks from those for other disciplines? ‘To be productive’ means to be effective at externally rewarding tasks. We all know that feeling of being stuck. Desperately wanting to ‘be productive’ but not knowing

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How to Write a War Film: The ULTIMATE Guide

How to Write a War Film That’s Compelling and Modern This article will offer key pointers on how to write a war film. Using five successful but very different films as a template, we will point out the shared ingredients of any great modern war film. Whilst we’ll also stress

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Cary Fukanaga Quotes
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15 Brilliant Cary Fukunaga Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers

15 Brilliant Cary Fukunaga Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers Cary Fukunaga has had a prolific career so far. He is American by nationality, but of Japanese, Swedish, English and German ethnicity. His films have a distinct and often international feel, spanning different continents, languages and genres. In 2004, his writing

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Jon Snow Book to Screen
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From Book to Screen: 9 Essential Steps to Skilful Adaptations

From Book to Screen: 9 Essential Keys to Adaptation Stories that have made the journey from book to screen have always been popular. But it feels more than ever they make for a increasingly popular sub genre. They even have their own category on Netflix. Whilst it’s a tempting route

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Aaron Sorkin Masterclass
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Aaron Sorkin Masterclass Review: Is it Worth It?

Aaron Sorkin MasterClass Review: Is it worth it?   Scores for the Aaron Sorkin MasterClass: Lessons –  7 /10 Workbook – 8.2 /10 Community  – 6.5 /10 Value – 7.5 /10 Overall Verdict – Thumbs up!   Purchase Course Pros Struggling with a script? Story analysis is what we do, all day,

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Casino Royale High Stakes
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How to Expertly Create High Stakes in Your Screenplays

The Importance and Meaning of High Stakes in Screenwriting It’s pretty simple. Story stakes answer the question… “So what? Why should we care?” High stakes can benefit the story in many ways, they: maintain audience investment. increase tension. give purpose to character’s actions. provide characters with something to play for. However,

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The Lobster Dialogue
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On the Nose Dialogue: How to Lose It or Use It in Screenwriting

On the Nose Dialogue: How to Lose It or Use It in Screenwriting Granted, writing on the nose dialogue might not be the greatest sin in screenwriting terms. But it’s often the quickest way for a screenplay reader to view your work as unprofessional and, frankly, amateur. Sometimes, what was

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The Deep Value of Subplots: With 10 Awesome Examples

The Value and Importance of Subplots: With 10 Amazing Examples Subplots. Most movies and TV series have them, whether large or small. The grand overarching plot is the defining part of a narrative arc. But subplots help add depth to this narrative arc. They keep the audience’s interest from waning

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The Machinist Psychological Thriller
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How to Write a Captivating Psychological Thriller

How to Write a Captivating Psychological Thriller A psychological thriller. It’s a story that gets in your head and keeps you on your toes. Psychological Thriller: ‘a thriller narrative that emphasizes the unstable psychological states of its characters.’ Within a psychological thriller, the conflict takes place primarily in the mind

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The Safdie Brothers
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15 Safdie Brothers Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers

15 Safdie Brothers Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers The Safdie brothers began making independent short films from a young age, drawing heavily from their disruptive childhood as two children of divorce. Consequently, Josh and Benny have cited their film-loving father as a major influence for the ‘life on the edge’

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Breaking Bad Story Structure Inciting Incident
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Truly Understanding Story Structure: The Vital Steps

Understanding Story Structure: The Essential Steps Story structure. It’s easy to take it for granted. It’s easy to think it unimportant in a world where structure is constantly being played with and upended. Picture this scenario though: You’re enjoying a movie. The story develops in front of you, drawing you

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Joker Movie Villian
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How to Create a Credible Movie Villain for your Screenplay

Creating an Awesome Movie Villain for your Screenplay In this article we’ll look at different examples and tools for creating believable movie villains. In Writing Screenplays that Sell, Michael Hauge writes that the villain, or “nemesis” – …is the character who stands in the way of the hero achieving his

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Matrix High Concept
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The 7 Vital Steps to Developing a Great High Concept Movie

Turn Your Loose Story Ideas into a High Concept Movie in 7 Steps   What is a “high concept” movie? What do movie producers and executives look for in a high concept? And how do you turn a logline into a high concept to begin with? Screenwriters are constantly searching

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Industrial Scripts Celebrates 10th Anniversary – Sponsored by STOLI

Yesterday, Thursday 30th January 2020, Industrial Scripts celebrated its 10 Year Anniversary with an industry reception sponsored by STOLI. Agents, producers, writers, directors and IS staff gathered at the Sanctum Hotel Variety Screening Lounge for canapés and vodka cocktails. Scroll down for photos and reaction.     Industrial Scripts was

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Rachel Bloom Quotes
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15 Inspiring Rachel Bloom Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers

15 Rachel Bloom Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers Rachel Bloom cuts a unique figure in the modern TV landscape. She began her career writing and starring in her own comedy music videos. This included Chanukah Honey, a Santa Baby parody inspired by her Jewish background. These music videos gained a

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Call Me By Your Name Love Interest
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How to Write a Love Interest That Audiences Believe In

How to Write a Love Interest who Audiences Believe…   If your mind immediately jumps to soppy worn out cliches when you think of love interests, you’d be forgiven. But love interests are significant roles in many genres. They’re certainly not limited to romcoms. The question for screenwriters is how

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How to Harness the Power of Visual Metaphor In Your Screenplays

What is a Visual Metaphor? And How to Use One in Your Screenplay… You want a screenplay to be entertaining but reflective and unique but relatable. You want the audience to connect. Using visual metaphors can be the key to unlocking this. When used intentionally, visual metaphors can transform your

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15 Amy Sherman-Palladino Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers

15 Amy Sherman-Palladino Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers   Amy Sherman-Palladino has no qualms with being known as a challenging artist. Refusing to be bound by network limitations, her unique style has carved her out as a distinctive figure in the television landscape. Originally planning to be a dancer, Sherman-Palladino’s

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How to Write a Compelling Science Fiction Movie

How to Write a Compelling Science Fiction Movie   While science fiction movies can be exhilarating to watch, they can be just as daunting to write. How do you create a captivating and believable story world? What amount of exposition is necessary for introducing sci-fi elements? How do writers not

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49 Fixable Reasons A Screenplay Reader Passed On Your Project

49 Fixable Reasons A Screenplay Reader Passed On Your Project   Every writer has experienced that moment of wanting to throw the towel in after getting rejected. However, it’s important not to be defeated by the thoughts of the person typically on the other end of your screenplay: The Screenplay

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Fargo Show Don't Tell Marge and Norm
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‘Show Don’t Tell’ – Why The Screenwriting Mantra Endures

‘Show Don’t Tell’ – How to Best Follow the Principle   It’s a term you hear frequently when it comes to storytelling – ‘Show Don’t Tell’. But what does it mean exactly?  And how you can you take that principle and use it in your screenwriting? Let’s take a look…

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Voldermort Character Fatal Flaw
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How to Expertly Develop Your Character’s Fatal Flaw

A Character’s Fatal Flaw – What Does it Mean?   In good stories, as in life, one of the most important aspects is the search for growth and the striving for change. Sometimes, the best screenplays knowingly complicate this journey by introducing a character with a major fatal flaw. A

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How to Properly Nail Your Character Arc: The Ultimate Guide

How to Nail Your Character Arc: The Ultimate Guide   A crucial part of any screenplay is the main character’s growth and evolution from beginning to end. This is their character arc. How do they grow? How do they change? What journey do they go on? Their character arc should

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Beat Sheet Writing
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How to Write an Awesome Beat Sheet for Your Screenplay

Why a Beat Sheet is Important to Your Screenplay Whilst inspiration can strike at any minute and writing can be incredibly spontaneous business, screenwriting is usually smoothest when you’ve got a solid plan. Organization and outlining are crucial to the process. The best outlining technique to use, is The Beat

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Walking Away from Explosion Movie Trope
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35 Movie Tropes and How to Avoid Them in Screenwriting

35 Movie Tropes and How to Avoid Them in Screenwriting   Most audiences can agree that movies often lose their impact when writers cut corners and rely on cliches and overused movie tropes. But what exactly is a movie trope? A movie trope is a commonly used device or motif

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Paul Dano Typewriter Film Treatments
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Writing Great Film Treatments: The ULTIMATE Guide

Film Treatments: The ULTIMATE Guide   So you’ve managed to come up with a brilliant idea for a film. You’ve developed the idea into a logline and thought through a synopsis that seems to work. Time to just muck in and write the thing right? Wait a second – a

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15 Cunning Red Herring Examples in TV and Film

15 Cunning Red Herring Examples in TV and Film   Surprise is one of the most important elements in movies and tv. Knowing how to write a killer plot twist is an important skill in your writer’s tool box. And in screenwriting, a red herring can serve as a great

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16 Powerful Plot Devices To Use in Your Screenplay

16 Powerful Plot Devices To Use in Your Screenplay   It’s a term that gets thrown around a lot but what exactly is a plot device? A plot device is any technique in a narrative used to move the plot forward. Plot devices are basically the methods you use throughout

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The Dude Character Description
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What Are The Must-Know Keys to Writing Great Character Descriptions?

The Must-Know Keys to Writing Great Character Descriptions   Great character descriptions are what help ease the reader into your great characterization. They’re the entrée, if you will, to the main event. If you’re a screenwriter, you know a huge amount goes into the making of a fantastic screenplay. It’s

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15 Phoebe Waller-Bridge Quotes Writers and Filmmakers Can Learn From

15 Phoebe Waller-Bridge Quotes Writers & Filmmakers Can Learn From Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s career is an inspiring tale of talent, perseverance and ultimate success. Starting her career primarily as an actor, she made waves on the theatre circuit in 2013 with her one-woman show Fleabag, which she wrote and starred in.

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Se7en Protagonist and Antagonist Dynamic
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Protagonist and Antagonist: How to Craft The PERFECT Dynamic

How Do You Craft the PERFECT Dynamic Between Protagonist and Antagonist?   The conflict between the protagonist and antagonist is an essential part of screenwriting. However, this crucial conflict can often be a conflict between three characters rather than just two. We’re going to take a look at what defines

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Daenerys Season Eight
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15 Examples of Bad Writing in Really GOOD Movies and Shows

15 Examples of Bad Writing in Really GOOD Movies and Shows   If you pay even a sliver of attention to people’s critiques of TV and film, then you understand that great screenwriting isn’t necessarily a given, even for shows and movies that have made it all the way to

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15 Crafty Exposition Examples: How to Do It Right

15 Crafty Exposition Examples: How to Get Exposition Right   Exposition is an essential part of any screenplay. However, there is a fine line between pulling it off smoothly and making it feel too obvious to audiences. Learning how to write good exposition is a key step in learning how

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How to Write a Great Biopic: Pitfalls Screenwriters Should Avoid

How to Write a Biopic: Pitfalls Screenwriters Should Avoid   From BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY to JUDY, the biopic is a seriously popular modern movie genre. But having such a concrete story to work from in the telling of someone’s life isn’t always as carefree as it seems. With the number of

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Save the Cat! Analysis Series: MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING (2002)

One of the world’s most popular screenwriting books, Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat has brought clarity and a sense of direction to thousands of screenwriters, many of whom were looking for the logical extension of Syd Field’s work. If you’re not familiar with it, the book delivered a structural screenwriting roadmap: not quite a full-blown

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Your First Draft : 9 Essential Steps to Getting it Right

Your First Draft : 9 Essential Steps to Getting it Right   It might not be what you want to hear after months, maybe years, of painstaking screenwriting work. But your first draft is almost certainly only the first stage in the evolution of your screenplay. Your screenplay’s first draft

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201 Character Archetypes Writers MUST Have In Their Armoury

201 Character Archetypes Writers MUST Have in Their Armoury   Every screenwriter knows that writing a great screenplay takes more than just a good plot or good world building. It relies heavily on constructing memorable characters. Understanding character archetypes are an important step in this endeavor. Character archetypes are broad

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Where Did The Romcom Go? by Tamzin Rafn

Where Did The Romcom Go? I have a question. Where did the romcom go, please? Has anyone seen it of late because I seek and ye does not find? Let’s be honest, the sh*t has hit the fan worldwide recently and it’s not a fan of the kind of cinematic

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