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10 Signs That You, My Friend, Are A Writer…

Do These Signs Match Your Habits? Someone tells a tragic family story that has taken them years to open up about and you unwittingly shout “DIBS ON THAT” the second you hear a breath being taken in case any other sympathetic ear in the room was thinking the same thing.

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How to Write a Screenplay: Your 30-Step Guide

How to Write a Screenplay: Your 30-Step Guide.   So – you want to learn how to write a screenplay. You think about it constantly. Whenever you watch a movie you annoy your friends, going on about how you could have written a better script. You daydream about Jimmy Kimmel

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30 Quotes about Screenwriting from A-List Directors & Actors

30 Quotes about Screenwriting from A-List Directors & Actors Whether they produce films, direct them, write them, or star in them, these iconic figures all agree on one thing: the importance of the screenplay. Here are thirty quotes about screenwriting, from people who would really, really know best…   The Quotes

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10 Hollywood Screenwriters Reveal Their Big Break

Most screenwriters would cite a moment in their careers that proved critical. It might be the day they signed with an influential literary manager, or the moment a key producer spotted something in their spec screenplay that piqued his or her interest. Of course, it might be more spectacular than that, and

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The Screenplay & The Mountain

The Screenplay. Like some kind of Mordorian tower it looms over the land. We can barely make out the top of it, so shrouded is it in snow, ice and whatever other element that makes things difficult to climb you want to throw in. The screenwriter, a veritable Kal-El among

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10 Great PT Anderson Quotes for Screenwriters & Filmmakers

PT Anderson A man who, remarkably, made a film of the quality of BOOGIE NIGHTS at just 27 years of age, PT Anderson has won a host of admirers over a two-decade career for his own, original brand of cinema. Like a kind of thematically-souped-up Tarantino, Anderson’s films and scripts

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Ari Gold
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10 Ways To Irritate a Development Executive

The Rafn Column Part II 10 Ways to Irritate a Development Executive When I finally made the transition from being a Development Executive to becoming a writer, I believed that I had a genuine advantage because I had been granted the gift of insight having been on both sides of

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10 Honest Quotes about the Life of the Screenwriter

Nobody worships more reverently at the altar of screenwriting than us. We believe in The Screenplay. We recognise it as the critical component in whether a film or TV shows lives, or dies. In its own right, we recognise that crafting a superior screenplay is a magnificent feat in itself –

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The 10 Greatest British Screenwriters of All Time

  Well, there’s one word for this article: contentious. Nowadays British screenwriters are at the top of their game, ranging from Dominic Minghella to Jed Mercurio, however this hasn’t been always the case We could all name our top 10 favourite screenwriters, or even our top 10 favourite British screenwriters,

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15 Anthony Minghella Quotes for Screenwriters & Filmmakers
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15 Anthony Minghella Quotes for Screenwriters & Filmmakers

ANTHONY MINGHELLA will be best remembered for THE ENGLISH PATIENT, the film that won 9 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. But the biggest tribute one can pay him is that over a relatively brief directorial career (only 6 major feature films), he will go down in history as

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Why Writers should be Sceptical of Script Hosting sites

Sceptical of Script Hosting Sites “I’ve barely got enough time for my existing clients, let alone trawling around websites looking for more” – Prominent UK lit agent. We’re not going to lie, here at Industrial Scripts one of the toughest parts of our work is gaining industry traction for our

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10 Great Michael Mann Quotes for Screenwriters & Filmmakers

Michael Mann Michael Mann started out writing for TV in the 1970s but made his feature directorial debut with THE JERICHO MILE in 1979. Several films later he finally struck gold in 1984, creating the long-running TV show MIAMI VICE which made Don Johnson a household name and pastel clothing

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10 Akira Kurosawa Quotes for Screenwriters & Filmmakers

Akira Kurosawa Probably most famous for his epic, THE SEVEN SAMURAI, Akira Kurosawa was often seen as more popular in the West than in his native Japan. His big breakthrough came with RASHOMON, the film that introduced Western filmmakers to Japanese cinema and spawned an army of imitators and countless

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Screenwriting Determination
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10 Great Tales of Screenwriting Determination

Where There’s a Will There’s a Way They say where there’s a will, there’s a way and if ever a profession needed to believe this mantra, it’s that of screenwriting. So pump yourself up, splash some cold water on your face and, as infamous ENTOURAGE uber-agent Ari Gold would say: “strap

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The 10 Hardest Film Genres to Write

Be in no doubt about it – if you’re going to write for the screen, then you’re going to be writing genre. Thriller, sci-fi, crime, fantasy, comedy, horror and so on, everyone wants genre and these days they often want two genres, a comedy isn’t enough: it has to be

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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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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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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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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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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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Twitter Screenwriting Accounts Screenwriters Must Follow

As our article on Jeffrey Katzenberg highlighted, gathering industry intel is vital for making it in this business. Industrial Scripts looks to the best Twitter Screenwriting resources – from box office numbers, to job opportunities and just plain amusing screenwriters given a voice. Of course, there’s also our own @Indust_Scripts

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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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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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10 Unique Character Jobs In Movies

“I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.” – Liam Neeson’s Bryan Mills in TAKEN. Can we cast it?

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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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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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The Brit List Scripts 2013

Recently the Brit List scripts were announced. These are the best unproduced scripts of the year in the UK, as voted for by producers, agents and executives. Full details below.

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The Brit List Scripts 2011

As in previous years, the UK and Irish film community have compiled a list of their most liked and recommended unproduced screenplays that make up the Brit List Scripts 2011. Out of over 160 screenplays nominated the projects below achieved the 3 votes or more needed in order to appear on

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