10 Jordan Peele Quotes Writers and Directors Can Learn From

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Jordan Peele, one half of the sketch comedy duo KEY & PEELE, burst onto the cinema scene with the highly acclaimed and successful “social thriller” GET OUT, which he wrote …

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GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS: Bill Tench (MINDHUNTER)

Bill Tench Mindhunter

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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OPINION: The Key to a Great Genre Hybrid

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A genre hybrid, a cross between two or more genres, can be a boon. It’s giving the audience something familiar, tapping into genre conventions, but also fresh. However, it can …

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GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS: Luke Skywalker (STAR WARS)

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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 Reveal: Rebecca Bunch (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)

Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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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15 Inspiring Dee Rees Quotes for Writers & Filmmakers

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Screenwriter and director Dee Rees’ debut feature film PARIAH was met with positive critical acclaim and since then, her Emmy Award-winning HBO series BESSIE and her feature film MUDBOUND have impressed …

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GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS: Theo Faron (CHILDREN OF MEN)

Theo Faron in Children of Men

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 Tell Stories about Everyday Heroes

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With the dominance of superhero and tentpole films, sometimes it seems like there’s no place in cinema for everyday heroes. Most audiences don’t want their reality simply reflected back to them. However, …

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GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS: Hans Landa (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS)

Hans Landa (Inglourious Basterds)

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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10 Screenwriting Lessons From DEAD MAN’S SHOES (2004)

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DEAD MAN’S SHOES (2004) DEAD MAN’S SHOES follows Richard (Paddy Considine), a soldier who returns to his home town to get revenge on the men who abused his mentally-challenged brother …

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31 Writing Lessons From Iconic Author Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut

31 Writing Lessons From Iconic Author Kurt Vonnegut With his deceptively simple prose style, novelist, playwright and essayist Kurt Vonnegut, jr. (1922 – 2007) bridged sci-fi and literary fiction. Novels like …

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Which Species of Screenwriter are you?

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The ‘building-block’ nature of screenwriting is such that any screenwriter needs a selection box of varying skills. As you’d expect then, different screenwriters tend to find themselves drawn to, and …

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OPINION: The Perks & Pitfalls of Low Stakes Screenplays

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Is it possible to have a film that tells a story without conflict? Conventional wisdom would say no. However, this doesn’t mean that every film needs a world-ending threat. Not every film …

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GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS: Cosmo Lawlor (SING STREET)

Cosmo Lawlor in Sing Street

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 time. This instalment focuses on Conor, a.k.a. …

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OPINION: Writing a character sacrifice that works

character sacrifice in Wrath of Khan

A character sacrifice is a difficult moment to get right. Audiences today are incredibly cine-literate. They’ve seen it all before, and can tell when a film or TV show has used …

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GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS: Dale Cooper (TWIN PEAKS)

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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 time. This month’s instalment focuses on FBI …

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OPINION: When Screenwriters Should Unsettle Audiences

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There’s an old Hollywood saying to writers that if you want to send a message, use Western Union. The idea is that audiences want films to entertain them, not to …

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Character Reveal: Minnie Goetze The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) - The Diary of a Teenage Girl

In this series we look at scenes and moments where a film or TV show has revealed a great deal of character information in a short amount of screen time. …

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OPINION: Screenwriters Should Consider the Cinema Experience

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It’s a cliché, but the entertainment industry is an industry. Show business is a business. It behoves screenwriters to remember this and to consider why write films in the first place. What …

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GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS: Tom Reagan (MILLER’S CROSSING)

Tom Reagan in Miller's Crossing

In this series we look at scenes and moments where a film or TV show has revealed a great deal of character information in a short amount of screen time. …

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OPINION: Flashbacks and the (Rare) Stories that Need Them

Manchester by the Sea, flashbacks

One of the major exceptions to the oft-repeated “show, don’t tell” screenwriting rule is the equally common received wisdom that screenplays should avoid using flashbacks. The criticisms are familiar from scores …

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Character Reveal: Ricky Baker (Hunt For The Wilderpeople)

Ricky Baker, Hunt for the Wilderpeople

In this series we look at scenes and moments where a film or TV show has revealed a great deal of character information in a short amount of screen time. …

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The Genius, Multi-Conflict Opening of THE GODFATHER PART 2

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There are, broadly speaking, two ways to convey conflict: implicitly and explicitly. The former involves illustrating some kind of dissonance through setting, silence, the way one character looks at another. …

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10 Screenwriting Lessons We Can Learn from…BOOGIE NIGHTS (1997)

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Like much of Paul Thomas Anderson’s work, the BOOGIE NIGHTS screenplay has an odd structure, divergent POV and a hefty length, yet every page of it is full of worthwhile …

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10 Thriller Screenplays You Should Read

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Thriller Screenplay Power As a genre, ‘thriller’ tends to gently caress several others, namely horror, sci-fi, and drama. As such, thriller screenplays provide a goldmine of various narrative and structural …

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Why Screenwriters Should Consider a Second Act Subplot

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While first and third acts pose their own challenges, it’s in the weeds of the second act that many scripts (and movies for that matter) go astray. Introducing a second …

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10 Minor Characters Who Still Have a Great ARC

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One facet of screenwriting which causes writers enormous headaches is conveying a lot with a little. Studying great minor characters is one way of learning this kind of efficiency. Minor Characters To …

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10 Commandments of the Accountable Screenwriter (Download)

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There are two kinds of rugby player”, the legendary Scottish coach Jim Telfer told his players, “there are the honest ones, and there’s the rest. The honest player gets up in …

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10 Films That Make You Invested in The Protagonist’s Goal

low stakes in The Big Lebowski

In 9/10 cases the protagonist is the driving force of a successful film narrative. We invest in their story because we identify with their goal and become invested in it; …

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OPINION: Screenplay Anachronisms Can Bring the Past to Life

Anachronisms in the Alex Cox film Walker

Films that are set in the past are often judged for their authenticity. The “goofs” section of IMDb is overrun with anachronisms: this porcelain wasn’t made until six years later; or …

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