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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 everything together except her love life. Clara also straddles two cultures, taking frequent trips to ...

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.

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.

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 Zima), who begins harmlessly spying on her sexy neighbor, Lucas (Brian Ames). At first, Nora enjoys ...

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. ...

IRAQI ODYSSEY, a family film about living outside your homeland from writer/director Samir

“What’s the meaning of identity? How do you create your identity?” asks writer/director Samir when talking about the inspiration for his documentary Iraqi Odyssey, the story of how one family came to live outside its home country. After Samir finished his 2002 documentary Forgotten Bagdad: Jews and Arabs – The Iraqi Connection, a ...

THE LETTERS, a biopic on Mother Teresa from writer/director William Riead

Do you need divine intervention to write and direct a film about Mother Teresa? William Riead didn't think so, although that’s not what he kept hearing while making The Letters, the new biopic about the life of a nun who dedicated her life to helping the "poorest of the poor" in the slums of India. Riead came up with the idea after ...

THE NIGHT BEFORE, a raunchy Christmas movie from Jonathan Levine

Christmas is about lights, trees, joy and family. Well... not when you’re in a Seth Rogen movie. Or is it? That’s the genius behind the R-rated Christmas movie called The Night Before. Written and directed by Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, 50/50, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane), the film is about three friends who come together on Christ...

WRECKER, a road thriller from writer/director Micheal Bafaro

Wrecker is the story of two women who after getting lost on a road trip, they become the random target of a psychotic truck driver. Writer and director Micheal Bafaro always loved chase movies and had a particular soft spot for one of Steven Spielberg’s first films, Duel, the story of a commuter who is terrorized by a menacing tractor ...

TRUTH from writer/director James Vanderbilt

Truth is a film about one of the last major stories CBS news anchor Dan Rather reported on before he retired from a long career as a veteran journalist. In 2004, president George W. Bush was campaigning for re-election, and the news media was intrigued about his former days in the national guard. This is where a 60 Minutes team of ...
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