Jenna Milly

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Jenna Milly is Editor-in-chief of ScreenwritingU Magazine, an inside source for the latest scoop from the screenwriter's POV on upcoming movies. She interviews some of the top writers in Hollywood for such movies as The Revenant, The MartianMission: Impossible and many others. She co-created the TBS microseries Gillian in Georgia. She earned her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Georgia and a M.F.A. in Screenwriting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. She has written for CNN.com, The Los Angeles Times, Script Magazine, TwelvePoint, and a variety of magazines. You can follow her on Twitter: @jennamilly

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5 Great Things About Screenwriting

There are so many things to love about this amazing, wild, ridiculously-complicated world of Hollywood and writing scripts, that we thought listing a few might be a good idea. So, let's get back to basics and see why we do this, and love it a little bit, too.

Our 5 Favorite YouTube Bits on Writing Dramas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcthOOSCO3Y No. 1 - Aaron Sorkin, Matthew Weiner, Vince Gilligan Roundtable This Hollywood Reporter roundtable pulls together some of the greatest showrunners in modern times. Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Moneyball, The West Wing) discusses The Newsroom and so much more.  Matthew Weiner (The Sopranos, Are ...

Our 5 favorite YouTube bits on comedy writing.

One of the best ways to hone your craft is to look at the work of experts. Here is a round up of our favorite YouTube bits on how to write standup, TV, films, sketch and everything in between.

How to collaborate using Final Draft 10

The newest thing in screenwriting software is collaboration. That means you can write a few lines of dialog or a quick little scene and your writing partner can watch you and even join in. Doesn’t matter if you’re in the same city or on the other side of the country, this technology makes it easier than ever to collaborate – a fundamental in the film industry.

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.

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 ...

WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT by screenwriter Robert Carlock

Writer Robert Carlock has a long list of TV shows that don his name. They include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Joey, Friends and The Dana Carvey Show. But his new film, Whiskey Foxtrot Tango starring Tina Fey, is his first produced feature. It's the story of a naive journalist who takes an assignment in ...

THE NEW YORKER PRESENTS from showrunner Kahane Cooperman

“The New Yorker has so many great stories, wouldn’t it be great to visualize them?” asks showrunner Kahane Cooperman of the new series The New Yorker Presents. The answer is a resounding yes. ScreenwritingU Magazine sat down with Cooperman who spend most of her career as a producer on The Daily Show to find out what it takes to ...

HOW TO BE SINGLE screenwriter Dana Fox explains why rom-com is a dirty word

Powerhouse Hollywood comedy writer, Dana Fox, is sick and tired of hearing the word “rom-com” when it comes to describing her movies. She’s written What Happens in Vegas, Couples Retreat, The Wedding Date and the TV show Ben and Kate. ScreenwritingU Magazine sits down with the writer/producer to hear about her new film How to Be Single, ...

ZOOLANDER 2, from screenwriters Nick Stoller and Justin Theroux

It took 10 years to bring the “really, really ridiculously good looking” male model of Derek Zoolander back to the big screen. “But this development process was oddly luxurious,” says Nick Stoller who co-wrote the screenplay with Justin Theroux, Ben Stiller and John Hamburg on and off over the course of a decade. “Usually you ...

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 ...

THE REVENANT, a harrowing thriller from screenwriter Mark L. Smith

“What they went through was just incredible. I’d watch for hours as Leo was just laying submerged in an icy river,” says screenwriter Mark L. Smith of his time on the set of The Revenant, the film about the true story of 19th century fur trapper Hugh Glass. “It was miserable at times for people, but I do think it served the film ...
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