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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.

Trolls writers tackle the fugly princess of tomorrow

How would you tackle the princess story in 2016? Trolls writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger flip the genre of beautiful helpless girls on its head.

Disney in the slums of Uganda: How one screenwriter struggled to get it right for Queen of Katwe

ScreenwritingU looks at how one writer adapted an ESPN article about a child prodigy from Uganda, traveled to African and played a little chess along the way.

The Dressmaker writer/director Jocelyn Moorhouse talks Spaghetti Western-style revenge, the mother-daughter bond and Liam Hemsworth chasing an emu

Writer/Director Jocelyn Moorhouse, best known for such films as How to Make an American Quilt and A Thousand Acres, describes her new film as “The Unforgiven with a sewing machine.”
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