month : 12/2016 9 results

7 amazingly well written and addictive TV shows to binge over the holidays

The holidays are here and if you don’t want to battle the weather and long lines at the movie theater, let us suggest bingeing on some great TV shows that may have been off your radar. These shows have amazing writing are certainly addictive! 1. Vikings (History Channel) I initially skipped this show because I thought it would be all ...

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 just five-years old (the nightmare). The second half of the film focuses on Saroo (Dev Patel), as an ...

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.

Five Great Holiday Films and How to Copy Them

Holiday films are the hallmark of American cinema and that means they are a genre worth analyzing and ... if you can, lifting a few story points as well.

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, Malen is very familiar with office culture and stiff holiday parties. To write this screenplay, he ...

How to Write an Entrance (and Sometimes an Exit) in Your Screenplay

One of the best strategies to get a script sold is to tailor it for a bankable actor. That means you have to make sure your main characters grab attention from their entrance to their exit. ScreenwritingU shows you how to do it.

The 3 Major Ways Screenwriters Self-Sabotage before They Even Sell the Script

Are you self sabotaging your own success as a screenwriter? Here's how to stop doing it and forge a path to that first sale.

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.
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