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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.

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 says you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Screenwriter Robert Edwards came from a ...

TUMBLEDOWN, from screenwriter Desi van Til and director Sean Mewshaw

She was from a small town. He was from every big city in the U.S. and Europe. They were opposites in every way, except when it came to love. And no, we’re not talking about the characters in the new romantic dramedy, Tumbledown, starring Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall. We’re talking about the filmmakers. Screenwriter Desi van Til and ...

BLEEDING HEART, an emotional thriller from writer/director Diane Bell

“She’s incredibly brave and open. She had no ego and no vanity at all,” says writer/director Diane Bell of working with actress Jessica Biel on her thriller Bleeding Heart. The film is set in the serene world of the Southern California yoga community. Biel plays May, a peaceful yoga instructor who discovers she has a half sister. ...

MAN UP, a romantic comedy from writer Tess Morris

Just when you thought the romantic comedy was dead, along comes this little beauty staring Lake Bell and Simon Pegg. Man Up is the story of two people who meet on a blind date, only one of them isn’t supposed to be on that date. Wait, let’s back up for a minute. Because this is a true story based on something that happened to screenwriter ...

THE DIABOLICAL, a contained horror from writers Alistair Legrand and Luke Harvis

After writing a script that got the attention of several Hollywood creative executives, writing partners Alistair Legrand and Luke Harvis pitched the idea for The Diabolical. It may seem like an easy task to have a meeting on one project and pitch another, but it takes more than that to get a movie made in Hollywood in 2015. Legrand — who ...

THE SURFACE, a drama from director Gil Cates Jr. and screenwriter Jeff Gendelman

It took screenwriter Jeff Gendelman nearly two decades to see his quiet, psychological thriller The Surface become a reality. The story takes place on Lake Michigan where a young man comes across a stranger who is delivering a mysterious package. The film co-stars Sean Astin, Mimi Rogers and Chris Mulkey. “I grew up on the lake as a child ...

ZIPPER, a political thriller from writer/director Mora Stephens

“With every character I write I try to put myself in their shoes,” says writer/director Mora Stephens of the troubled protagonist in her new thriller, Zipper, the story of a rising political star who becomes obsessed with call girls. Zipper, staring Patrick Wilson, has been a festival favorite for its unique point-of-view of a protago...

THE PARK BENCH, a one-location shoot from writer/director Ann LeSchander

  First time writer/director Anne LeSchander shot her feature film in seven days for $25,000. If you know anything about making movies, this is a feat in and of itself. The film takes place entirely at one location — except for a few flashbacks and some animated sequences — and it proves to be a captivating, intense look at the ...

Screenwriter Douglas Soesbe on BOULEVARD

Being that it was Robin Williams' last film, the quiet indie drama Boulevard is difficult to watch without thinking of the actor's impact on the world and the choices he made in his final days. Screenwriter Douglas Soesbe sits down with ScreenwritingU to discuss his process of writing the script, getting it to Williams and making a movie that ...

Writer/director Andrew Bujalski on RESULTS

The world of crossfit has taken over the fitness scene, but what about bringing its competitive edge to the world of romantic comedies? Writer/director Andrew Bujalski thought the athletic atmosphere would be a great setting for a movie about love and life and people trying to get “results.” “I like a lot of those people, but they can ...

Writer/actor Sonja Bennett on PREGGOLAND

When actress Sonja Bennett was pregnant with her first child and walked across the street on a random day headed to her favorite coffeeshop, she got the idea for Preggoland. Having stopped traffic due to her pregnant belly, she realized at that moment that there was power in the bump. Bennett decided that if she wasn’t scoring the roles ...
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