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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
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Where is the Female Talent?

Where is the celebrated female talent?   Where is the celebrated female talent in screenwriting & directing?   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

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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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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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dreamworks logo
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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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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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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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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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