15 Inspiring Ava DuVernay Quotes for Writers & Filmmakers

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15 Inspiring Ava DuVernay Quotes for Writers & Filmmakers   As the first black woman nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Director, Ava DuVernay is ushering in a new …

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50 Hollywood Screenwriters Reveal Their Writing Process

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What’s Your Personal Writing Process? In screenwriting, sometimes the biggest challenge is discovering the most effective writing process That Works For You. For example, each and every writer has a …

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How to Definitively Nail Your Movie Theme – The ULTIMATE Guide

How to Nail Your Movie Theme: What is Your Screenplay Actually About?   What is your screenplay about? What is your movie’s theme? These may seem like obvious questions. But …

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Bold and Brave Screenplay Structure: 10 Great Examples

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Bold Screenplay Structure: 10 Great Examples   A great script requires great dialogue, great characterization and layered conflict. One of the most crucial elements however, screenplay structure, is occasionally taken …

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ORIGINAL CHARACTERS Series: Part 2 – Omar Little

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ORIGINAL CHARACTERS Series: Part 2 Welcome to Original Characters, an ongoing series of Industrial Scripts articles examining the most original characters to appear in both TV and film. Want to …

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Save the Cat! Analysis Series: THE WEDDING SINGER (1998)

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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 …

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Save the Cat Analysis Series: HEAVEN CAN WAIT (1978)

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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 …

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Save the Cat Analysis Series: THE STING (1973)

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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 …

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ORIGINAL CHARACTERS Series: Part 1 – Tony Soprano

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ORIGINAL CHARACTERS Series: Part 1   Welcome to Original Characters, an ongoing series of articles that will examine the most original characters to appear in both TV and film. What …

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Save the Cat! Analysis Series: KNOCKED UP (2007)

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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 …

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Save the Cat Analysis Series: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

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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, who were looking for the logical extension of …

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15 Great Ryan Coogler Quotes for Writers & Filmmakers

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15 Great Ryan Coogler Quotes    Ryan Coogler’s career path is the envy of many aspiring filmmakers. Off of the success of a festival-acclaimed indie drama, FRUITVALE STATION, he brought …

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Jodie Foster Masterclass Review: Is It Worth It?

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COURSE REVIEW: SCORES Lessons: 8.1  Workbooks: 8.2 Community & Interactivity: 6.4 Value: 8.0  OVERALL VERDICT: Thumbs Up!     Pros and Cons Pros: Actor-director background creates a unique perspective Strong …

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Writing and Filmmaking Lessons from BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)

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BACK TO THE FUTURE Video Essay   Not content with dominating blockbuster filmmaking as a director, the ’80s saw Steven Spielberg become a producing powerhouse. He brought his Amblin touch …

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Martin Scorsese Masterclass Review: Is It Worth It?

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Martin Scorsese Masterclass Review   Scores:   Lessons: 8.3/10 Workbooks: 8.1/10 Community: 6.5/10 Value: 8.1/10   OVERALL VERDICT: Thumbs Up! Course Pros and Cons…   Pros: Scorsese’s expertise and eloquence …

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VIDEO ESSAY: Dislikable Characters – THE SOCIAL NETWORK

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THE SOCIAL NETWORK They’re making a film about Facebook? Commentators greeted news of the project with scepticism. But with a tight script from Aaron Sorkin (THE WEST WING) and clinical …

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What is THE industry-standard screenplay font?

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Follow my blog with Bloglovin Screenplay Font – Does It Matter? This article will explain what the industry-standard screenplay font is. As well as explaining what it is, we’ll look …

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VIDEO ESSAY: Creating the Fascinating Antagonist – Gus Fring

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Gus Fring BREAKING BAD, created by Vince Gilligan, introduced us to many great characters. Antihero Walter White (Brian Cranston), the cancer-diagnosed high school teacher who turns to making meth. Jesse …

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GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS: Dr. Alan Grant (JURASSIC PARK)

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In our Genius Character Reveals series we examine scenes and moments where a film or TV show reveals a tremendous amount of character information in a compressed amount of screen …

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GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS: Danny Ocean (OCEAN’S ELEVEN)

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In our Genius Character Reveals series we examine scenes and moments where a film or TV show reveals a tremendous amount of character information in a compressed amount of screen …

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Why Screenwriters Should Understand Screenplay Atmosphere

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Understanding Screenplay Atmosphere Screenplay atmosphere is difficult. At the bottom of the poster for THEY CAME TOGETHER, a spoof of rom-coms, there’s a disclaimer: Please note: New York City plays such …

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OPINION: Why Your Second Act Must Have Escalating Stakes

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The second act is all about escalating stakes. Absolute urgency. There’s a gap in the classic three act structure as extolled by many screenwriting books and teachers. The problem is …

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GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS: Elisa (THE SHAPE OF WATER)

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2018 was a great and diverse year for cinema. Everything from BLACK PANTHER by Ryan Coogler to Disney’s long anticipated INCREDIBLES 2. In our Genius Character Reveals series we examine …

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OPINION: Finding The Perfect Closure

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Finding the perfect ending is difficult, even for professional writers and big-budget films. The resolution after the climax provides closure for the audience and characters. Sometimes termed the “denouement,” this scene is …

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