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5 Things to Know When Writing a Star Wars Spin-Off

As a young writer, it is important to understand how franchise writing works.  But where do you start?  How do you know what kind of movies Lucasfilm will want to make in the years to come?  That’s where my investigative work comes into play.

Five things I learned about screenwriting from Mother!

If you’ve seen any of Darren Aronofsky’s films (Black Swan, The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream, Pi), there’s no doubt he has a dark mind. But seeing his latest film Mother! makes me think he’s only just begun to tap into his own psychological agony.  Be warned – this movie isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea (it gave me nightmares) – but there’s no denying Aronofsky’s a genius storyteller.

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.

The Best Writing Partner

Can you take feedback? Are you overly protective, stubborn, or what? Discover how you can pick the best writing partner to work well with your personality.

Five Ways To Make Your Characters More Relatable

“Relatable characters” are the holy grail of screenwriting. Producers want to see them on the page and audiences want to watch them on the screen. But what makes a character truly relatable? As writers, we are often tempted to focus on plot ...

7 Things Sam Shepard Taught Me About Writing

My lifelong obsession with Sam Shepard began in high school. I attended an arts school, where I studied acting, which really meant I spent most of my time reading plays. Checkov was good, Shakespeare was better, but nothing affected me like Sam ...

8 thriller subgenres to explore when writing your blockbuster thriller

We love the excitement of a thriller. Its plot twists, mistaken identities, savage villains and high anxiety brought on by the element of suspense gets our blood racing. To help us relate to the protagonist (and up the terror), he is usually an ...

Six Types of Characters Audiences Love

Indiana Jones. Hannibal Lecter. Seinfeld. Rocky Balboa. Walter White. These memorable characters are dynamic, puzzling, funny, terrifying, and inspiring by turn. Audiences crave characters that transport them to new worlds. They want characters who ...

Making a Passive Protagonist Work in A Ghost Story

A Ghost Story, written and directed by David Lowery, (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon) is one of the most bizarre yet beautiful films I’ve seen in a long time. It’s both clever and frustrating, both emotionally consuming and ...

My Cousin Rachel: How a Writer Sustains a Mystery

Everyone loves a good mystery. And My Cousin Rachel is just that – mysterious from the beginning to the end in the most delicious way. But keeping an audience in suspense for two hours is no easy task. Just ask writer/director Roger Michell. For him, it was all about character.

How grieving a father’s death became a horror script

Shults says that when he was writing the film, he had no idea where all the dark thoughts were coming from. “But now, after talking about it so much and psychoanalyzing it, I think I understand where it all came from. It’s weird.”

The art (and pain) of writing a Netflix movie backwards

Shimmer Lake isn’t your ordinary crime drama about a bank heist gone wrong. It’s a multilayered examination of revenge, loyalty and plain old bad luck. Oh, and did I mention the story is told in reverse?
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