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The Lost City of Z writer/director talks obsession, shooting in the jungle and ignoring Coppola’s advice

The new film, The Lost City of Z, was written and directed by James Gray and tells the true story of Percival Fawcett, a British explorer who disappeared in the Amazon jungle in 1925. If Fawcett’s name doesn’t ring a bell, you may be ...

Fist Fight screenwriters Evan Susser, Van Robichaux and Max Greenfield on writing the longest fight in movie history

Two high school teachers plan to fight each other after school. Add in that it’s senior prank day, budget cuts are threatening teachers’ jobs and the school’s administration is highly dysfunctional, and tensions are at all time high. Sounds like a hilarious premise for a film, right?

Writer/director Catalina Aguilar Mastretta shares the secret to writing a great romantic comedy

Writer/director Catalina Aguilar Mastretta’s new film, Everybody Loves Somebody, tackles the rom-com genre in a sweet yet cerebral way. It’s the story of Clara (Karla Souza from How to Get Away with Murder), a beautiful doctor who’s got ...

Why Him? screenwriter Ian Helfer on writing comedy “people can relate to”

Screenwriter Ian Helfer started his showbiz career as an actor. If you ever watched As the World Turns, you may remember him as Rick, the town paramedic, or the Bear Claw Coach in Wet Hot American Summer. But the pavement-pounding lifestyle of ...

Lion screenwriter Luke Davies eschews “obvious” screenplay structure to create a spiritual journey

The emotionally powerful film Lion is both a fairytale and a nightmare at the same time. The first half of the movie tells the real-life survival story of an Indian boy named Saroo (Sunny Pawar), who gets lost in a train station when he’s ...

Sing’s writer/director Garth Jennings takes on a new genre: the animated musical

ScreenwritingU sits down with writer/director Garth Jennings on the new genre: the animated musical.

Barry writer Adam Mansbach reveals how he “smuggled a movie about race and identity into the mainstream”

Barry writer Adam Mansbach tells ScreenwritingU about writing a film about Barack Obama.

Office Christmas Party writer Justin Malen on writing a comedy in the shadow of a messy election

Justin Malen, along with screenwriters Laura Solon and Dan Mazer, each added their wit, personal experience and twisted holiday spirit to Office Christmas Party, making it one of the funniest films of the year. As a former corporate lawyer, ...

In SiREN, David Bruckner explores “Masculinity going out of bounds” with terrifying results

How writer David Bruckner used the horror genre to delve deeper into the psyche of young, American white men with truly terrifying results.

Steven Knight’s new film Allied, holds up a mirror to our own divided world

ScreenwritingU goes deep with writer Steven Knight and his new film Allied, which holds up a mirror to our own divided world.

Bleed for This writer/director Ben Younger shares the huge blunder he made in the script

“I made a huge error in the script-writing process. I put the car crash at the midpoint. In the script it’s page 60 and we shot it like that,” says Ben Younger, screenwriter of Bleed for This. Check out ScreenwritingU's interview with him to see how he fixed it.

Arrival screenwriter adds drawings of his own language to script

How do you put a secret made-up language into your script? Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer drew his and inserted it into the PDF.
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