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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Talent Connector LIVE opens to OVERDRIVE members

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Talent Connector, the free online script promotion bonus offered to qualifying Industrial Scripts clients, has been expanded this month with the launch of Talent Connector LIVE. TCL is open to …

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The Insider Interviews: Duncan Heath

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THE INSIDER INTERVIEWS: DUNCAN HEATH The Insider Interviews series started in 2010 as a set of recorded interviews, featuring the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Gareth Unwin, who produced THE KING’S …

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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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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: 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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The Insider Interviews: Andy Paterson

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THE INSIDER INTERVIEWS: ANDY PATERSON The Insider Interviews series started in 2010 as a set of recorded interviews, featuring the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Gareth Unwin, who produced THE KING’S …

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OPINION: Lessons For Screenwriters From Films About Writers

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Films about writers, more than films about any other profession, can lay claim to accuracy. After all, who better to understand how writers think and feel than writers themselves? The …

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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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The 10 Best Literary Agents for Writers & Filmmakers

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The 10 Best Literary Agents for Writers & Filmmakers   As a screenwriter, it can be confusing navigating the multitude of literary agents out there. Big or small, almost all …

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GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS: Theo Faron (CHILDREN OF MEN)

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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 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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Why You Should Never “Spray & Pray” In Screenplay Contests

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One common feature of professional screenwriters’ stories is that there is no single magic route into the industry. Everyone’s path is different. Entering screenplay contests, or entering a whole host …

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The Insider Interviews: Rhodri Thomas

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THE INSIDER INTERVIEWS: RHODRI THOMAS The Insider Interviews series started in 2010 as a set of recorded interviews, featuring the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Gareth Unwin, who produced THE KING’S …

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GENIUS CHARACTER REVEALS: Hans Landa (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS)

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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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The Insider Interviews: Robert Jones

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THE INSIDER INTERVIEWS: ROBERT JONES The Insider Interviews series started in 2010 as a set of recorded interviews, featuring the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Gareth Unwin, who produced THE KING’S …

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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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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)

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

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

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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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Character Reveal: Ricky Baker (Hunt For The Wilderpeople)

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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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The Insider Interviews: Sarah Radclyffe

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THE INSIDER INTERVIEWS: SARAH RADCLYFFE The Insider Interviews series started in 2010 as a set of recorded interviews, featuring the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Gareth Unwin, who produced THE KING’S SPEECH, Ben Wheatley and Hossein Amini, the …

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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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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 Great Sites to Download Movie Scripts From

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Smart and serious aspiring screenwriters not only watch a lot of movies but read a lot of movie scripts. Studying the craft is an invaluable part of the learning and …

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

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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

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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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