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5 Super Useful Ways to Name Characters in Your Screenplay

What “sounds” good on paper might sound different when spoken in dialog. But ultimately, your job as a writer is to translate that story onto the page. So, let’s start with five ways to choose great character names for the best read.

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.

Five Myths of Being a Screenwriter

So, you want to be a screenwriter? Congratulations. Becoming a screenwriter is the most incredible, challenging, rewarding, disappointing, exciting, rollercoaster ride of self-discovery you’ll ever take. Here are 5 myths about the most mazing career in the 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.

What Can You Learn From Reading Classic Screenplays

Classic screenplays can teach you story structure, they can teach you technique, and they can help you draw conclusions about why certain aspects of story have gone out of fashion, why some remain, and why others should make a comeback.

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.

What Can You Learn From Reading Produced Screenplays

One bit of advice that writers are always given is: read, read, read. For screenwriters that advice is sometimes: watch, watch, watch. But only watching movies, and not reading scripts, can be a real mistake. Reading screenplays, particularly of movies you respect, can be an invaluable experience.

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.

What Shakespeare Tells Us About Remakes, Adaptations and Reboots

We usually think of Shakespeare as one of the most uniquely gifted writers of all time. But the truth is that very few of his stories are "original" in our sense of the word. In fact, only two of Shakespeare's thirty-eight plays have no known source. The rest were stolen -- that's right, stolen -- from specific, identifiable sources.
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