Lessons From Timing the Death Sequence in PREDATOR

Predator

Way back when… For much of the 80’s and into the 90’s, “Schwarzenegger” was a byword for a movie with a high body count. The box office was peppered with …

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Script Coverage Templates & Samples for Download

Film Script Coverage Report

What is Script Coverage? Whether you’re a screenwriter or a director, a producer or a distributor, a financier or a development executive, script coverage is something that the lion’s share …

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12 Things Screenwriters Can Learn from Musicals

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12 Things Screenwriters Can Learn from Musicals   I recently ventured from my comfortable world of screenwriting into completely new territory. No, I’m not acting– I’m working on a stage musical. The process …

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15 Great Scorsese Quotes on Storytelling

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Scorsese and Storytelling Martin Scorsese needs little introduction. The visionary director behind a lengthy list of iconic films from Taxi Driver to Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and through to The Wolf of Wall Street has inspired generations …

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My Pain At Being “Replaced” as a Screenwriter

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Being “Replaced” A couple of years ago, I became that person: a replaced screenwriter. It was a screenplay I dearly loved and had put my heart and soul into and, …

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31 Screenwriting Books You MUST Own

31 screenwriting books you must own

When I say “screenwriting books you MUST own”, I’ll be honest: the MUST is for effect. You don’t have to do anything, particularly buying screenwriting books in such volume that …

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Script Reader Jobs: Your Complete Guide

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Like it or lump it, the role of the industry script reader is becoming increasingly important in film and TV. With the volume of scripts being written, increasing year-on-year, the …

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How to Write a Screenplay: Your 30-Step Guide

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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 …

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30 Quotes about Screenwriting from A-List Directors & Actors

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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 …

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Five Screenwriting Rules You Can Break and Five You Can’t

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  Even the notion of screenwriting rules gets some people into a serious tizz, and it’s this controversial topic I want to explore this week. I’ve spent the last three weeks …

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Why Women Screenwriters should Stop Moaning and Just WIN

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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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Screenplay Format: Your 30-Step Guide

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Screenplay Format – Your 30-step Guide Before you start writing the next great film, it is essential that you have a comprehensive understanding of screenplay format. It won’t matter how amazing …

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10 Hollywood Screenwriters Reveal Their Big Break

Rocky - Hollywood Screenwriters' 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 …

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The Insider Interviews: Nev Pierce

Empire Magazine - The Insider Interviews: Nev Pierce

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 Oscar-nominated writer of DRIVE and THE TWO …

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The Insider Interviews: Gareth Unwin

The King's Speech - The Insider Interviews: Gareth Unwin

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 Oscar-nominated writer of DRIVE and THE TWO …

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