Screenwriting & Filmmaking Inspiration

Screenwriting & Filmmaking Inspiration

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Screenwriting – do you live and breathe it? Do you have a story that you need to get out of your head?  Is becoming a paid screenwriter part of your dream?

Maybe you wat creative control over your vision and want to write & direct films?

Either way, there are over 400 links below to screenwriting and filmmaking advice to help guide you along on your  Hollywood or Independant film career.

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Script Magic #57
Check out “Anatomy of a Script” on YouTube from the Writers Guild Foundation.

Script Magic #59
Scripts & Scribes: where storytellers share their voices.

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Check out MovieBytes for screenwriting contests and markets:

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“Don’t Write Like A Girl!”

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Check out “Screenwriting Tutorials” for video lessons on screenwriting.

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Want to write for TV or a web series? Check out Larry Brody’s for tips and online classes/contests.

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The Inside Pitch: A forum for screenwriters, filmmakers & creative types to ask and answer questions and exchange ideas and information about the craft & business of movie making.

Script Magic #144
“Nobody Wants To Read Your Sh*t!”

Script Magic #145
Official screenwriting blog of the Black List:
Offers insight into developing the craft of screenwriting alongside highlighting events and professional advice that will help scriptwriters get their screenplay picked up.

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Stage 32: the world’s largest social network and educational hub for film, television & theater creatives.

Script Magic #147
Roadmap Writers
Equipping screenwriters with the tools and training needed to take their projects to the next level.

Script Magic #148
Inside the Actors Studio
Understanding stars, one episode at a time.

Script Magic #149
Screenwriting Advice, in Six Seconds or Less

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SimplyScripts: The premier resource for scripts, screenplays, and transcripts on the net.

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RawScripts: Free, online screenwriting software. Screenplays are private, secure, and accessible from any computer.

Script Magic #152
Zoetrope: a global creative community, hosting workshops where writers, filmmakers, and other artists share their work and improve their craft. (relaunched 2016 to include short films)

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Seventh Sanctum: a source for random generators of ideas, from story concepts to science fiction weapons to incredibly silly spells.

Script Magic #154
Internet Movie Firearms: when you need the right gun for your character’s job.

Script Magic #157
Real-time screenplay collaboration online with WriterDuet:

Script Magic #158
Learn how to write a pilot episode for TV or web series (it’s FREE starts Aug 1st):

Script Magic #159
The 3 Key Psychological Hooks to Creating Compelling Characters:

Script Magic #160
How to Use These 7 Pixar Story Hacks On Your Screenplay:

Script Magic #161
Need a poisonous plant for your story?

Script Magic #162
Act One: The Set-Up

Script Magic #163
Aaron Sorkin on writing dialogue:

Script Magic #164
Confessions of a Screenplay Contest Reader:

Script Magic #165
Need an Expert? FYI Listings:

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Act Two Midpoint:

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The Internet Movie Script Database

Script Magic #169
ScriptShadow: Reviewing the Latest Scripts in Hollywood

Script Magic #170
John Cleese on Creativity

Script Magic #171
Script Competition For Women-Centric Content!featuring-women-initiative/bbld6

Script Magic #172
How To Be a Fan Of Your Own Work

Script Magic #173
Ten Things TO DO When You Get Your First Writing Deal

Script Magic #174
8 Qualities That Make an Average Screenwriter Great

Script Magic #175
Tweak Your Writing Music To The Right Frequency

Script Magic #176
Six Basic Emotional Arcs of Storytelling

Script Magic #177
The Legend of J.K. Rowling
(never give up)

Script Magic #178
First Draft: 11 Ways Screenwriters Can Avoid Annoying Their Contacts

Script Magic #179
Need your character to hack into a cell phone account?

Script Magic #180
7 Tips for Creating Unforgettable Villains

Script Magic #181
Screenwriters Share Their Top Tips for Career Success

Script Magic #182
48 Hours of Joseph Campbell Lectures Free Online: The Power of Myth & Storytelling

Script Magic #183
(at 1st glance the site might not look like something to bookmark – but trust me – bookmark it)

Script Magic #184
David Lowery On ‘Pete’s Dragon’: How a Microbudget Filmmaker Became Disney’s Secret Weapon

Script Magic #185
Your Screenplay’s True Hero? The Opening Scene.

Script Magic #186
10 Ways To Kill Your Writing Career DEAD (And 3 Great Clues To Improving Your Chances)

Script Magic #187
The 10 Best Places to Find Your Favorite Screenplays Online

Script Magic #188
Need NASA research results for your screenplay?

Script Magic #189
13 Things New Filmmakers Should Consider But Rarely Do

Script Magic #190
Five Tips to Make Your Story Shine Through

Script Magic #191
Are all creative people insane?

Script Magic #192
When truth becomes stranger than fiction.

Script Magic #193
Bootleg Universe Short Script and Story Contest
September 5: Early Deadline
October 1: Final Deadline

Script Magic #194
Mike Birbiglia’s 6 Tips for Making It Small in Hollywood. Or Anywhere.

Script Magic #195
Short of sitting at a bar with two talkative screenwriters, the Scriptnotes Podcast is the next best thing.

Script Magic #196
31 Must-Read Screenwriting Lessons From The Twilight Zone Creator Rod Serling

Script Magic #197
Seizure, Midnight Express, and Platoon: An Excerpt from The Oliver Stone Experience

Script Magic #198
Why Research Matters

Script Magic #199
Wave Of The Future? How A Smart Computer Is Helping To Craft A Horror Film

Script Magic #200
Anatomy of a Scene: Using the “Rule of Three” in Action Sequences

Script Magic #201
IndieWire: The Voice of Creative Independence

Script Magic #202
Film Riot: a how-to trip through filmmaking from the mind of Ryan Connolly.

Script Magic #203
John August
(you’re welcome screenwriters)

Script Magic #204
Philip Bloom
Kick ass maker of short films, documentaries, adverts, and much more.

Script Magic #205
Watch: David Fincher Shows How to Create the Ideal Plot Twist

Script Magic #206
GETTING FEEDBACK: The Amazing Power of the Live Read

Script Magic #207
Aaron Sorkin teaches screenwriting:

Script Magic #208
How to write a successful screenplay: Five things to consider before you even begin

Script Magic #209
Read Scripts for the 2016 Emmy-Nominated Shows

Script Magic #210
PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
“to discover the most exciting new scripts by up-and-coming writers from across the country and around the world.”


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Jeff Nichols Screenwriting Process

Script Magic #216
I took Aaron Sorkin’s Masterclass – here’s my cliff’s notes

Script Magic #217
High Concept Could Make You Rich

Script Magic #218
15 Things Wrong With Your Short Film

Script Magic #219
The Best Female Characters Come From Books

Script Magic #220
5 things to learn from the Seinfeld TV spec script that went viral

Script Magic #221
10 Films That Really Nail Story Structure

Script Magic #222
How a Ugandan director is making great action movies on $200 budgets

Script Magic #223
Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Best Writing Tips

Script Magic #224
Best Screenwriting Tips for Great Dialogue

Script Magic #225
Screenwriting 101: Top 10 No-Budget Screenwriting Techniques

Script Magic #226
Nick Hornby Screenwriters Lecture

Script Magic #227
“Queen of Katwe’s” William Wheeler on the pressure of scripting stories about real people and how he connected with a culture far from his own.

Script Magic #228
How to Write a Screenplay with HEART

Script Magic #229
‘American Psycho’ Screenwriter Guinevere Turner Wants You to Write the Worst Scene Ever Written

Script Magic #230
STORY DEVELOPMENT: The Emotional Glue That Binds Us to Story

Script Magic #231
Why It Took ‘The Girl on The Train’ Screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson 30 Years To Break Through In Hollywood — Girl Talk

Script Magic #232
Top Hollywood Screenwriter Salaries Rival Studio Chiefs

Script Magic #233
WRITERS ON WRITING: The Script Sale – How The Hell Did You Guys Do It?

Script Magic #234
First Draft: Revealing The Wounds of Your Screenplay’s Hero

Script Magic #235
SCRIPT HACKS: 3 Kick-Ass Methods To Fix A Broken Screenplay Scene

Script Magic #236
Darren Aronofsky on His Private Writing Process, Fighting Financiers and His Mysterious New Film

Script Magic #237
Public Domain ~ Free Media for Creative Projects | Pond5

Script Magic #238
WGA West President Howard A. Rodman on How Hollywood Really Works – Script Magazine

Script Magic #239
A Writer and Three Script Editors Walk Into a Bar

Script Magic #240
Pitch Scripts to Hollywood w/Guaranteed Access

Script Magic #241
Max Landis, The Most Opinionated Screenwriter In Hollywood, Turns To TV

Script Magic #242
How I wrote the script for Groundhog Day in less than a week

Script Magic #243
STORY BROADS: 6 Things I Learned When I Found My Screenwriting Community

Script Magic #244
Sell A Movie To Netflix

Script Magic #245
Chris Sparling, Anne Rapp, and Cindy McCreery Talk Writing For Hollywood Outside of Hollywood

Script Magic #246
Screenplays from top films. –

Script Magic #247
Writing Successful Query Letters

Script Magic #248
From ‘Babadook’ to ‘Raw’: The Rise of the Modern Female Horror Filmmaker

Script Magic #249
BloodList 2016 — The Best Unproduced Dark Genre Screenplays, Pilots, and Shorts

Script Magic #250
How a writer’s first film script inspired Idris Elba to become its star

Script Magic #251
Sony Pictures Classics just made its FYC scripts available on its website.

Script Magic #252
An Opening Scene Is The Hero That Your Screenplay Deserves

Script Magic #253
Shane Black on His Writing Process, Iron Man 3, and Predator

Script Magic #254
Check Out The Pilot Checkride

Script Magic #255
ScriptMag Expert Series: Essential Tips on Story Structure from the Writer of Die Hard 2
(Nov 16, 2016)

Script Magic #256
AFM: Why Female-Centric Films Outnumber Male-Skewing Action Movies

Script Magic #257
The Business of Screenwriting: Celebrate your victories

Script Magic #258
How I Wrote Arrival (and What I Learned Doing It)

Script Magic #259
What Can You Learn From Reading Classic Screenplays

Script Magic #260
8 Famous Screenplays That Were Rejected – Part 1

Script Magic #261
8 Famous Screenplays That Were Rejected – Part 2

Script Magic #262
SITCOM SUCCESS: Create Your Beat-by-Beat Outline

Script Magic #263
J.K. Rowling – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

Script Magic #264
ScreenCraft’s Screenwriting Fellowships
January 15: Final Deadline

Script Magic #265
“Suddenly the World’s Wider, More Exciting, More Engaging”: Criterion’s Peter Becker on the New FilmStruck and Criterion Channel Streaming Service

Script Magic #266
Charlie Kaufman BAFTA lecture

Script Magic #267
Indie Filmmaking Podcast

Script Magic #268
14 Screenwriters Writing

Script Magic #269
Writing a Screenplay: Using Structure to Develop Your Ideas

Script Magic #270
Adam Skelter shares his techniques on the art of story for screenwriters and novelists.

Script Magic #271
The Warren Beatty Study Guide

Script Magic #272
What is a Log Line?
Watch this video and find out!
(FaceBook wouldn’t let me shorten the URL)

Script Magic #273
5 Reasons Star Wars Is A Story Told From R2-D2’s Perspective

Script Magic #274
Centropolis Grabs ‘Scarletville’ Spec From First-Timer Jason Young

Script Magic #275
Subtext Speaks: How To Write Effective Movie Script Dialogue

Script Magic #276
5 Tech Tools Budding Screenwriters Should Invest In

Script Magic #277
‘Allied’ Screenwriter Steven Knight on Crafting His World War II Romance and the Rules of Hollywood

Script Magic #278
8 Animation Movie Scripts All Screenwriters Should Read

Script Magic #279
How Adaptive Studios Is Hacking “Development Hell” By Buying Abandoned Screenplays

Script Magic #280
SimplyScripts: 2016 – 2017 Oscar contenders for best Original Screenplay and best Adapted Screenplay

Script Magic #281
The Golden Age of the TV Bathroom

Script Magic #282
Writing Movies for the Chinese Box Office

Script Magic #283
David Mamet’s Three Magic Questions

Script Magic #284
THIS is how we read and analyze scripts!

Script Magic #285
Script to Novel: The 6 Biggest Hurdles to Turning Your Screenplay into a Book

Script Magic #286
We look at how HBO’s Westworld acts as an apt allegory for modern-day television

Script Magic #287
The Pitch Meeting

Script Magic #288
The Current State of the Spec Script Market

Script Magic #289
Write The Movie They Won’t Make: “Hell or High Water’s” Taylor Sheridan

Script Magic #290
Writer Roundtable: Tom Ford, Pedro Almodovar and 4 More on a Trump Movie, Dream Projects and When to Kill a Scene

Script Magic #291
Facebook to Start Paying for Original Shows

Script Magic #292
Oscar Shakeup: ‘Moonlight’ & ‘Loving’ Not Eligible For Original Screenplay, Placed In Adapted Script Category

Script Magic #293
What ‘Westworld’ Can Teach Us About Writers

Script Magic #294
These 4 Filmmakers Are Shattering Their Industry’s Gender Barriers

Script Magic #295
Is ‘Arrival’ the Best ‘First Contact’ Film Ever Made?

Script Magic #296
6 Tips From Popular Screenwriters

Script Magic #297
Scripted Originals Hit Record 455 in 2016, FX Study Finds

Script Magic #298
Train Yourself to Be Open to Ideas

Script Magic #299
Epic One-on-One with Literary Manager Scott Carr

Script Magic #300
The 10 Most Inventive Original Screenplays of 2016

Script Magic #301
11 Stages of a Master Screenplay

Script Magic #302
Things I’ve Learned: Paul Haggis

Script Magic #303
7 Reasons to Create a Web Series

Script Magic #304
Top 10 Value Festivals Every Filmmaker Needs to Know About

Script Magic #305
6 things every aspiring female filmmaker should know

Script Magic #305
Anatomy of a Scene: ‘Manchester by the Sea’
(scroll down for more scene videos)

Script Magic #306
5 Essential Types of Powerful Opening Scenes

Script Magic #307
Sundance’s Episodic Storytelling Lab

Script Magic #308
Screenfight at the OK Corral: Taylor Sheridan’s ‘Hell or High Water’

Script Magic #309
Communicating through Fiction: Tom Ford on Nocturnal Animals

Script Magic #310
How to Avoid Bloodshed When Writing a Script With a Partner

Script Magic #311
Apple said to be seriously pursuing Netflix-style scripted TV and movies

Script Magic #312
For Years, No One in Hollywood Wanted to Make La La Land

Script Magic #313
‘Hidden Figures’ scribe Allison Schroeder is used to being the only woman in the room

Script Magic #314
List of Grants for Women Filmmakers & Screenwriters

Script Magic #315
Motion Picture Production Guide 2017: 25 Resources to Get Your Film Made Faster, Cheaper, Better

Script Magic #316
Writing a Web Series — How to Grab Viewers and Keep Them Coming Back

Script Magic #317
ALTERNATE ROUTES: Write Like a Production Manager

Script Magic #318
Got Subtext? There’s Way More Going On When Movie Characters Drink Milk Than You Think

Script Magic #319
The Broken Projector
Vomit Draft 30: The Inside Pitch

Script Magic #320
Scriptspeaker: Reading scripts will never be the same.

Script Magic #321
Amazon’s Film Chief on Sundance Buying Plans, Rival Netflix and Apple’s Possible Movie Play

Script Magic #322
TV Writers, It’s Good to Be Different

Script Magic #323
Screenplays: Download 2017 Oscar Contenders + Over 150 Scripts

Script Magic #324
Moonlight’s Tarell Alvin McCraney on Writing the Original Source Material, Taking Inspiration From Myths, and Creating Heroes With Black Skin

Script Magic #325
Passion Projects Like La La Land Make for Great Stories, but Hollywood’s Not Yet Buying It

Script Magic #326
Watch a ‘Heat’ Script-to-Screen Comparison as Michael Mann Talks His New Cut of ‘Ali’

Script Magic #327
One-on-One with Screenwriter Marc Haimes

Script Magic #328
Inside the Spec Script Market with Agent David Boxerbaum

Script Magic #329
“Dive Deep and Flush Out Your Craft.” Patrick Massett and John Zinman on Gold

Script Magic #330
HBOAccess 2017 Writing Fellowship
Applications open March 1, 2017

Script Magic #331
How a Professional Cinematographer Breaks Down a Script

Script Magic #332
Hatching a Pilot

Script Magic #333
James Moran interview: do screenwriters get short shrift?

Script Magic #334
Time Out: Don’t Write Time Travel (Unless You Do It Right)

Script Magic #335
Virtual Reality Is Here to Stay and It Needs Screenwriters

Script Magic #336
Netflix and Amazon Offer Indie Filmmakers Hope (And Lots of Money)

Script Magic #337
6 Tips for Writing Better Dialogue

Script Magic #338
Oscars: 9 Writing Nominees on How Their Words Changed From Laptop to Big Screen

Script Magic #339
The Top 13 Screenwriting Contests To Enter In 2017

Script Magic #340
Writers Guild Award-Nominated Screenwriters Discuss Their ‘Worst Notes Ever’

Script Magic #341

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Watch: How Aaron Sorkin’s Famous Dialogue Balances ‘Flash’ and ‘Substance’

Script Magic #343

Script Magic #344
Pixar offers free online lessons in storytelling via Khan Academy

Script Magic #345
The Q&A with 9 Oscar-Nominated Screenwriters

Script Magic #346
5 Ways to Bring Back the Romantic Comedy

Script Magic #347
The New Power of “Yes”: Who Actually Has Greenlight Authority at the Movie Studios

Script Magic #348
“Master of None” Co-Creator And “Parks and Rec” Writer Alan Yang On Breaking a Story

Script Magic #349
Top Ten Best Screenplays Ever Written

Script Magic #350
WGA Awards: ‘Moonlight’ & ‘Arrival’ Win Top Film Prizes; FX’s ‘Atlanta’ & ‘The Americans’ Lead TV – Complete Winners List

Script Magic #351
‘To the Bone’: How Marti Noxon Turned Her Anorexia Battles Into a $8 Million Netflix Buy — Sundance 2017

Script Magic #352
Oscar Winner Michael Arndt on Structure

Script Magic #353
The Business of Screenwriting: There’s a green light…

Script Magic #354
Selling My Indie Film | podcast ep08

Script Magic #355
Damien Chazelle’s Guide to Beginnings and Endings

Script Magic #356
What Do Moonlight’s Oscar Wins Mean For Aspiring Screenwriters?

Script Magic #357
The Writer of Hell or High Water Reveals Its Link to Sicario

Script Magic #358
Why Short Stories Make Great Movies

Script Magic #359
Keep ’Em on the Edge of Their Seats: For Lion Screenwriter Luke Davies, Movies Must be Visceral and Emotional

Script Magic #360
WGA Contract Talks Start Monday: Will Strike Threat Force Script Speed-ups – Again?

Script Magic #361
‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Film Sets Writers Room (Exclusive)

Script Magic #362
Why China’s Screenwriters Are Thriving

Script Magic #363
It is easier than ever to fund an indie film, but harder than ever to get people to see it

Script Magic #364
Your Screenplay: The Sum or the Parts?

Script Magic #365

Script Magic #366
The ‘Jane Test,’ a New Way to Tell if Your Scripts Are Sexist

Script Magic #367
Wails from the Script, How Do You Write Sex Scenes?

Script Magic #368

Script Magic #369
Four Blogs That Will Improve Your Sci-Fi Screenplay

Script Magic #370
Screenwriting Masterclass: How to Write Strong, Hot Female Characters

Script Magic #371
ALTERNATE ROUTES: Becoming a Produced Screenwriter through Self-Distribution

Script Magic #372
15 Steps To Take After You Finish Your Script

Script Magic #373
What is Documentary Writing?

Script Magic #374
17 Must-Read Screenwriting Lessons from Stephen King

Script Magic #375
7 Studio Jobs That Give Screenwriters an Edge

Script Magic #376
How to Become a Screenwriter

Script Magic #377

Script Magic #378
How To Become A Writer For TV

Script Magic #379
Making A Short Film: 5 Tips For New Filmmakers

Script Magic #380
Improvising Screenplays: Three Stagnant Scene Types…and How to Make Them Flow

Script Magic #381
Creating Movie Characters That Jump Off The Page

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Why The Women-Led Horror Anthology “XX” Is Coming Out At Exactly The Right Time

Script Magic #384
Things I’ve Learned as a Moviemaker: Paul Schrader

Script Magic #385
Top 5 Misconceptions Novice Screenwriters Have About Hollywood

Script Magic #386
You Had Us At Hello by Tess Morris
(podcast all about RomComs)

Script Magic #387
The Black List Hopes to Release Survey of TV Pilots for First Time Ever

Script Magic #388
“It feels really good to be recognized.” Winning the Nicholl Fellowship!

Script Magic #389
Script Tip: How to Write a Logline

Script Magic #390
Want to write for TV? Read as many pilots as you can, especially those in the same genre as the one you want to write.

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Script Magic #392
Harry Shearer: Why My ‘Spinal Tap’ Lawsuit Affects All Creators

Script Magic #393
3 Secrets of Successful People that Work for Writers Too

Script Magic #394
Why Plot Holes Happen and How Screenwriters Can Avoid Them

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How “Prison Break” Helped Wentworth Miller Break Into Screenwriting

Script Magic #397
Frank talk from four female directors on quotas, likability and the gender budget gap

Script Magic #398
Ask a Showrunner
Creators of top television series discuss their shows.

Script Magic #399
50 Quotes About Defiance Every Screenwriter Should Live By

Script Magic #400
Fix Your Pitch

Script Magic #401
Hollywood’s new blockbuster model, as explained by Fast & Furious action scenes

Script Magic #402
Daniel Pyne (Bosch showrunner) on Screenwriting

Script Magic #403
Oscar-Nominated Screenwriters Share Worst Studio Notes: ‘So Where Are the White People?’

Script Magic #404
The Off-Screen Podcast
Off-Screen is a screenplay review podcast. Tune in each week as we discuss the scripts that will become tomorrow’s movies.

Script Magic #405
Things I’ve Learned as a Moviemaker: Terry George

Script Magic #406
Future of Storytelling
Reinventing the way stories are told.

Script Magic #407
Is Your Screenwriting Career a Dream or Goal?

Script Magic #408
Blurbs and Loglines and Synopses… Oh My!

Script Magic #409

Script Magic #410
NASA Wants You To Direct A Short Film Using Their Space Footage

Script Magic #411
Breaking through ‘The Wall’

Script Magic #412
Making Your Protagonist the Antagonist: Robert Siegel on The Founder

Script Magic #413
Writer’s Bone – Episode 184: Screenwriter William C. Martell

Script Magic #414
Does Netflix Need Movie Theaters?

Script Magic #415
The Best Way to Follow Your Dreams Is by Keeping Your Day Job

Script Magic #416
Infographic: What You Need to Know About Women in Hollywood in 2017

Script Magic #417
How Amazon and Ted Hope Are Trying to Bring Back the ’90s Indie Film Boom

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Script Magic #419
“Tell the Story Through Jokes.” Chris Spain & Jon Zack reveal How to Be a Latin Lover

Script Magic #420
It’s Not Prestige, It’s Just TV

Script Magic #421
Warner Bros. is Seeking New Writers

Script Magic #422
Let Kubrick and Aronofsky Tell You When (and How) to Break the 180° Rule

Script Magic #423
How A24 is Disrupting Hollywood

Script Magic #424
Wes Anderson’s Style: Watch 10 Iconic Movies That Influenced Him

Script Magic #425
HOLLYWOOD IS SCREWED – But Don’t Blame the Internet, Blame the Stupidity of the Studios

Script Magic #426
Things I’ve Learned as a Moviemaker: James Gunn

Script Magic #427
Scripts & Scribes Podcast: Trevor Engelson

Script Magic #428
Examining the Loglines of the Top 20 RoI (Return-on-Investment) Movies

Script Magic #429
Women Face Long Odds at U.S. Film Festivals, Study Finds

Script Magic #430
‘Show me the money!’: the self-published authors being snapped up by Hollywood

Script Magic #431
The 15 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Noir Films

Script Magic #432
Want to Be Creative on Purpose? Schedule It

Script Magic #433
The Woman Behind ‘Wonder Woman’

Script Magic #434
‘The Leftovers’ Is the Best Show on Television Because It’s Breaking the First Rule of Storytelling

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Facebook to Pay as Much as $250,000 Per Episode for Originals

Script Magic #437
Original ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Screenwriter on How a Budget Crisis Changed the Villains

Script Magic #438
How ‘Twin Peaks’ Changed TV Forever, from ‘The X-Files’ to ‘Breaking Bad’

Script Magic #439
Get Summer Schooled with Free Online Film Courses from Top Universities

Script Magic #440
Every Screenwriter Should Think About Two Careers

Script Magic #441
Drama Actress Roundtable: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon on “Rage, Sorrow, Grief” and Sexism in Hollywood

Script Magic #442
Everything Screenwriters Need to Know About Agents and Managers

Script Magic #443
Should Screenwriters Adapt Their Own Screenplays Into Novels?

Script Magic #444
Scene-Writing Discussion with Jim Mercurio

Script Magic #445
Anatomy of a Scene: How to Write a Satisfying Third Act

Script Magic #446
8 Movies Aspiring Screenwriters Should Watch When Studying Character Development

Script Magic #447
How to Adapt the Impossible

Script Magic #448
WRITERS ON THE VERGE: The Simple Things Every Writer Should Know

Script Magic #449
Should Screenwriters Write “Omnisciently”?

Script Magic #450
10 TV Writers to Watch in 2017

Script Magic #451
Top 5 mistakes beginning screenwriters make on their first screenplays…

Script Magic #452
Script Angel: Characters Under Stress

Script Magic #453
David Mamet Reveals Why Movies Don’t Need Dialogue and More No-Nonsense Screenwriting Lessons

Script Magic #454
Why Screenwriters Should Embrace The Heroine’s Journey

Script Magic #455
4 Things Pixar Always Does to Create Memorable Characters

Script Magic #456
‘Rough Night’: How Two Screenwriters Broke Boundaries to Make an R-Rated Female-Centric Comedy

Script Magic #457
Writing a character sacrifice that works

Script Magic #458
Facebook Is Going Hollywood, Seeking Scripted TV Programming

Script Magic #459
Ten Tips To Come Up With Better Movie Ideas

Script Magic #460
Top 10 TED Talks on Storytelling and Filmmaking

Script Magic #461
Attention, Filmmakers: Mark and Jay Duplass Want to Produce Your Movie (And Give You Money)

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How ‘Inside Out’ Teaches Screenwriters the Trick to Writing A Personal Script

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Why Every Screenwriter Should Embrace “Less Is More”

Script Magic #465|PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017

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5 Things They Don’t Tell You About Being a First-Time Director

Script Magic #467
7 Reasons Why “Writer’s Block” is BS

Script Magic #468
Six Types of Characters Audiences Love

Script Magic #469
Oscar-Nominated Tony Gilroy’s 7 Guidelines to Writing an Original Screenplay

Script Magic #470
‘Valerian’: How Luc Besson Made a $180 Million Indie That Can’t Fail

Script Magic #471
Screenplay Writing Explained In 7 Infographics

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Ten Common Screenwriting Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Script Magic #473
The Writers Store in Burbank is Closing – What it Means for Screenwriters

Script Magic #473
Once Upon a Pair of Wheels

Script Magic #474
Hollywood Has a Bad-Movie Problem

Script Magic #475
How to Cut the Fat from Your Screenplays

Script Magic #476
Judd Apatow Explains How Streaming Changes the Way Filmmakers Think

Script Magic #477
Top 5 Things Studio Script Readers Really Want

Script Magic #478
The Director Of Nice Guys Tells You How To Write A Hit Screenplay

Script Magic #479
99 Archetypes and Stock Characters Screenwriters Can Mold

Script Magic #480
Shane Black Interview; Legendary Writer/Director Talks about ‘The Predator’, ‘Iron Man 3’, and Much More

Script Magic #481
10 Screenwriting Secrets from Charlie Kaufman

Script Magic #482
From Script to Screen – The Joker Crashes Bruce Wayne’s Penthouse Party

Script Magic #483
Spec Script Deals: Mid-2017 Report

Script Magic #484
Automatic Movie Script Treatment Generator

Script Magic #485
TV WRITING: Your First Years In The Writers Room

Script Magic #486
Starting a Writing Career? Here are Some Things You Need to Know.

Script Magic #487
What Are Your Real Chances of Screenwriting Success?

Script Magic #488
What Are Your Protected Rights as a Screenwriter?

Script Magic #489
“Mad Men” Creator Matthew Weiner’s Reassuring Life Advice For Struggling Artists.

Script Magic #490
‘Toy Story’ Had An Unwatchable Script Until Joss Whedon Saved It.

Script Magic #491
GAME PLAN: Making The Move To Los Angeles As A Writer.

Script Magic #492
4 Things That Should Never Go in a Spec Script

Script Magic #493
Screenwriting Books You Need to Read – Top Ten List

Script Magic #494
People’s Pilot Contest
Enter your pilot & get FREE feedback.

Script Magic #495
Dunkirk vs. Saving Private Ryan: What is Your Screenplay About?

Script Magic #496
Violent femmes: Atomic Blonde and Hollywood’s new wave of killer women

Script Magic #497
Steven Soderbergh Is Back to Destroy Hollywood

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Daniel Thomsen’s Approach to TV Writing Success – Part 2

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MoviePass Now Aims to Acquire Films With Distributors

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PRODUCER’S POV: Writing a TV Series (Without Whining)

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3 Things Screenwriters Must Consider When Writing Films For Global Audiences

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What a Great Logline Looks Like: January 2018 Edition

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A Look Back at Screenwriter Interviews & Reviews of 2018 Oscar-Nominated Films + Download Screenplays from the 2018 Oscar-Nominated Screenwriters

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5 Hacks for Writing a Killer Opening Scene

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Lessons from 2018 Oscar-nominated Screenwriters

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20 Little Things That Make Script Readers Hate Your Screenplay

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British Female Writers Find Support After Urging Drama Commissioners To Order More Female-Penned Series

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Screenwriters: Are your characters showing us or telling us their stories?

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Greta Gerwig was rejected by every playwriting program she applied to — now she’s making Oscar history

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‘I’d Never Seen My Fears as an African-American Man Onscreen’

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ALT SCRIPT: The Screenwriter and Public Domain

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Personal writing coach app.

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Selling Screenplays When You Don’t Live in LA

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3 Storytelling Tips From “Breaking Bad” Creator Vince Gilligan

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Why Won’t Anyone Read My Script!?

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10 Things I Did To Land My First PAID Screenwriting Gig

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19 Annoying As Hell Clichés About Romance That TV Shows And Movies Need To Stop

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Top Ten Debut Screenplays of The 21st Century

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Dos and Don’ts in Screenwriting: The Best of Meet the Reader

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From Highly Acclaimed Network TV Series Writer to Web Series Creator…?

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Advice To Screenwriters About Selling The First Screenplay

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10 Screenwriters on Screenwriting: Vol. 2

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How Screenwriters Can Work in the Film Business

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5 Tips to Turn Your Script Into a High Concept Idea

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11 Screenwriters Who Hated Their Own Movies

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10 Best Screenwriting Podcasts for Savvy Screenwriters

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Endings: The Good, the Bad, and the Insanely Great

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YOUR TV GUIDE TO Networking Next Steps

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25 Ways To Fuck With Your Characters

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Between the Lines | ‘True Romance’
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Screenwriting program that works with Google Drive.
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3 strategies for getting hired in Hollywood from super-producer Charles King

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SUCCESSION PART 2: How To Write Subtext In Your Dialogue

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Update: 2018 Award Season Screenplay Downloads — 8 New Scripts, 17 Total!

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So You Want to Become a Working Screenwriter

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How to Tell the Story Without Telling the Story

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The Queen’s Gambit: The Hidden Depths of Netflix’s Word-of-Mouth Smash

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Meet the Reader: “But it seemed like such a good idea…”

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Do We Really Need Endless Film Reboots & Remakes? (Part 1)

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Read the 2021 Golden Globes Nominated Feature Screenplays

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The Secrets of Successful Scriptwriters in Hollywood

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The Ultimate Film Grants List for Every Filmmaker in 2021

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Oscars 2021 Nominated Screenplays: Read The Scripts

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What Talent Agencies Look for in a Screenplay with Christopher Lockhart

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The secret weapon of ‘Star Wars’ was George Lucas’s ex-wife Marcia

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