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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.”

MacGyver creator Lee Zlotoff reveals the personal reasons he fought to reboot the show

How does one of the best TV shows of all time get back on the air after two decades? We sat down with MacGyver creator Lee Zlotoff to get the details on how he brought America's favorite duct tape do-it-all hero back to life.

Max Minghella talks the power of the Hitchcockian blonde as well as his father, Anthony Minghella’s, influence

The Social Network's Max Minghella turned to screenwriting to adapt the thrilling drama The 9th Life of Louis Drax. He sat down with ScreenwritingU to discuss the process and his famous father writer/director Anthony Minghella.

How a “stupid” cat movie saved screenwriter Matt Allen’s life

In person, screenwriter Matt Allen is a friendly, attractive man with salt and pepper stubble, and a cat-that-ate-the-canary grin. Little did I know when I went to meet him at Pete’s Coffee in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Westwood that he would reveal an outrageous story of survival that’s probably only possible inside the magical bubble of Hollywood.

Into the Forest’s Patricia Rozema on creating character-driven drama

The Ellen Page thriller Into the Forest is like most indie films in that character - not plot or action sequences – fuels the movie’s central story arc. Here are 5 tips according to writer/director Patricia Rozema to distinguish your character- driven indie film from the rest.

The Secret Life of Pets and the gruesome pet incident that forever changed writer Brian Lynch’s career

ScreenwritingU sat down with The Secret Life of Pets screenwriter Brian Lynch to find out his secret to balancing lightness and darkness in family-focused movies. But before we could get into the nitty-gritty of storytelling, Lynch revealed to us that he was almost a cartoonist – not a screenwriter. Ironically enough, a can of cat food changed the course of his career forever.

Maureen Bharoocha flips the traditional ‘male gaze’ in her fresh, sexy new movie, ‘I Am Watching You’

In her second feature film for the Lifetime Movie Network, writer/director Maureen Bharoocha brings a truthful female perspective to the film I Am Watching You, co-written by Ellen Huggins. The thriller is about a young novelist, Nora (Madeline ...

ONE MORE TIME from writer/director Robert Edwards

What’s a guy who has a military background as a captain in Iraq, who also went to the same high school at Barack Obama doing writing a screenplay about a failed musician planning his big comeback? He’s living the American dream. The one that ...
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