Honestly, Should You Do a Screenwriting Degree? 10 PROS and 10 CONS

Screenwriting Degree

More and more colleges and universities are offering academic pathways for screenwriters. This means a screenwriting degree is definitely something aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters will naturally consider at some point. …

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OPINION: Finding The Perfect Closure

closure in La La Land

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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OPINION: Lessons For Screenwriters From Films About Writers

Adaptation - films about writers

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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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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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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Why Women Screenwriters should Stop Moaning and Just WIN

women screenwriters - Diablo Cody wins her Oscar for Juno

All Screenwriters LOVE Moaning Because there’s been quite a lot in the press lately about the plight (or otherwise) of women screenwriters, I’ve been thinking a bit lately about whether …

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What I’ve Learnt about Screenwriting: Part I, The Idea

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What I’ve Learnt about Screenwriting: Part 1, The Idea So I’ve been doing this for a while now, and for some reason I feel a powerful, hubristic, intimations-of-mortality urge to …

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