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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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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10 Hollywood Screenwriters Reveal Their Big Break

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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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In Screenwriting, Hope Springs Eternal

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The Rafn Column Part III Screenwriting – Hope Springs Eternal When I worked as a Development Executive, the most terrifying thing I ever had to do was fly to LA …

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10 Great Tales of Screenwriting Determination

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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 …

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10 Underdog Films With a Script That Beat The Odds

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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 …

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13 Stereotypes of the British Film Industry

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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 …

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10 British Screenwriters Who Broke Into Hollywood

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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 who have made the leap across the pond to make a name for themselves in La-La Land…

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Screenwriting Lessons from Midnight Cowboy

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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Twitter Screenwriting Accounts Screenwriters Must Follow

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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 account to follow…

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10 Hollywood Screenwriters Who Burned Bright and Then Faded

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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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10 Screenwriters Who Broke In Late

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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 …

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10 Common Film Industry Excuses – and how to Avoid Making Them

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“You can make the movie or you can make excuses”

The path from script to screen is often torturous – but made longer when excuse making and defeatism set in. Industrial Scripts looks at common film industry excuses and defences no writer should be making – and how to overcome the seeming obstacles.

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10 Mid-Budget Movies that Wouldn’t Get Made Today

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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 …

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How Much do UK Screenwriters Earn?

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In America, screenwriters can earn an average annual wage of $77,260. At least, that’s what the Bureau of Labour Statistics tells us. The evidence is there: Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio earned …

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Is it Smarter to make Bad Movies, or No Movies at all?

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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 …

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The Brit List Scripts 2011

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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 the list.

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Industrial Scripts Press Release – 20.07.2011

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Industrial Scripts Press Release 20.07.11 For immediate release: Industrial Scripts launches first UK writer promotion programme, backed by Curtis Brown Group The ongoing programme assesses projects and champions the best …

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