Screenwriting

10 Unconventional Strategies to Make Your Screenwriting Dreams Happen—No Hollywood Address Needed!

Breaking into the screenwriting industry doesn’t require a zip code in Los Angeles. Armed with passion, persistence, and a bit of insider knowledge, you can make significant strides from wherever you are. Having interviewed over 200 filmmakers for The Successful Screenwriter Podcast who have made it in the film industry I have compiled their advice […]

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Scriptapalooza, It’s Not About The Apology. It’s about the Optics.

The damage the competition announcement did is already done. “The AI screenplay competition stands apart by showcasing the innovative potential of artificial intelligence, merging human creativity with machine intelligence.” This was a call to action from Scriptapalooza’s now deleted Artifical Intelligence Screenwriting Competition. In the amount of time it took to say that line aloud,

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Dear Hollywood, Stop Selling Writers the Dream. We’re not Buying It

One week into the strike, and there’s a looming shadow. One week into the 2023 WGA strike, there have been many major moments. Late-night shows are canceled. Shows like Stranger Things and The Hedge Knight are frozen in development until further notice. Finished products are still being released, although this writer is boycotting any new

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WGA 2023, Stand UP: This Is What’s on the Line

Writers Are The Backbone of Film. Support Writer’s Rights Yesterday, April 17, 2023, the Writer’s Guild of America overwhelmingly approved a strike, marking the first potential strike since 2007-2008. If it indeed happens, understand as filmmakers, writers, and even as movie and television viewers that there is more on the line in this strike than

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SXSW Filmmakers Proves A Major Point: Success Is Measured By Effort

The Writers and Filmmakers Present Faced Setbacks, But Made No Excuses With SXSW officially in the books, there are a lot of talking points. Great experiences? Check. Great films like “I Used To Be Funny” and “Late Night With The Devil”? Check. Music and networking? Check. SXSW was an experience like no other in terms

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SXSW Review: “Americana” Pop Icon Halsey Crushes In This Western Thriller Starring Sydney Sweeney & Paul Walter Hauser

Writer/Director Tony Tost is no novice when it comes to writing in the western genre. Having cut his chops on the well-received Longmire and show-running Damnation he knows exactly what the ins and outs of the genre are. This is important to note because, in his latest film Americana, he destroys the known cliches and

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Comedian Chelsea Handler Discusses Humor, Political Environment and Women’s Rights At SXSW Discussion Panel

On the opening day of SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX, stand-up comedian and best-selling author Chelsea Handler delivered a powerful and hilarious statement on women’s rights and the nature of comedy in today’s political and social climate. Hosted with MSNBC host and former White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Handler opened up about the

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SXSW Review: “If You Were The Last” Anthony Mackie & Zoe Chao Bring The Charm Back to Rom/Coms

Director Kristian Mercado’s latest film If You Were The Last starring Anthony Mackie and Zoe Chao harkens back to the old-school approach of Romantic Comedies. The trend lately in this genre has typically been more com than rom typically pushing cheap laughs with opposites who attract over a more realistic approach. If You Were The

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Film vs. Video Games – How Writing Their Scripts Can Be Similar (and Different)

Storytelling is as old as fire, perhaps older. No matter the medium, there is always a way to weave drama, suspense, comedy, and character into it. As screenwriters, we’re accustomed to weaving these elements into our features, pilots, and shorts. There is one storytelling medium that’s been on the rise in past decades. Video Games

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The Falcon & the Winter Soldier – A Tale of Two Villains

I’ll just preface this by saying I’m really enjoying “The Falcon & the Winter Soldier”, even more so than “Wandavision”, which started off slowly, built up really well, and then crapped the bed in its finale. I love the chemistry between Sam and Bucky, and Zemo has been a welcome addition (shades of Supernatural, with

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How to Avoid a Pass on Your Script

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Harley Wallen: Detroit Filmmaker lands Streaming deal with Tale of Tails

Harley Wallen didn’t always want to be in the movie and TV business. Growing up in Sweden, he found martial arts to be his first passion. “That was my original art,” Wallen says adding that he was also a breakdancer on a TV show in Sweden similar to a cabaret/Donny Osmond-type show. From there, he

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David Winning: Storytelling and why getting pigeonholed into a specific genre is great

Every year, millions of households turn their television to the Hallmark Channel and watch the saccharine, sentimental films that are as predictable as they are romantic. It’s comfort food. It’s family fair. It’s a tradition. For the filmmakers who churned out the 41 Hallmark Christmas films premiering this year, it’s a challenge to create a

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