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Building Engaging Character Arcs in Episodic Television (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with televisions top showrunners and creatives like Jason Katims (“As We See It”), Kerry Ehrin (“The Morning Show”), and Isabel Sandoval (“Under the Banner of Heaven”).

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with televisions top showrunners and creatives like Jason Katims (“As We See It”), Kerry Ehrin (“The Morning Show”), and Isabel Sandoval (“Under the Banner of Heaven”). Plus, former Script editor Jeanne V. Bowerman’s popular column “Balls of Steel” returns with how to find reputable screenwriting contests.

Film Review: The Toxic Masculinity Pictured in Men Provides a Crucial Insight into the Everyday Traumas Women Face - It’s Just Hard to Find

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Men is harrowing suspense that has a message. On the edge of your seat for sure but the message part that Alex Garland is trying to convey is much more elusive.

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A Head Full of Ideas: An Interview with “The Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder” Director and EP Mike Caron

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Director Mike Caron shares with Script his collaborative relationship with showrunner Christopher Nowak, navigating creative logistics mixing live-action and animation, directing and collaborating with young actors, and cultivating a safe and trustworthy atmosphere on his sets.

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The Sky's the Limit: A Review of Top Gun: Maverick

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What makes Top Gun: Maverick as good as, if not better, than the original is that it contains the successful elements of the first film, but they’re squared. It’s a heady blend of male eye candy, romance, humor, emotional peaks and valleys, and thrilling jet maneuvers.

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The Importance of Tonal Consistency and Character Arcs: An Interview with “The Morning Show” Showrunner and Executive Producer Kerry Ehrin

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Kerry Ehrin, the prolific award-winning writer who has in the last few years served both as showrunner and executive producer on “The Morning Show” shares with Script how she and her writer's room approached character arcs and tone in season two, putting her writer's room together, her writing journey and so much more!

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Interview with Love and Baseball Writer-Director Steve Acevedo

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Steve Acevedo shares how the play of the same name written by Jerry Montoya came to his attention, the adaptation and collaborative process with fellow screenwriters Tate Hanyok and Joe Boothe, his personal connection to the material, and his filmmaking journey as a multi-hyphenate filmmaker.

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Indie Spotlight: An Interview with SXSW Special Jury Award Winning Short Film The Voice Actress Writer-Director Anna J. Takayama

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The Voice Actress writer-director Anna J. Takayama shares with Script her personal connection to the story and world, the passion behind bringing this story to life as a beautiful homage to her mother who is a master of her craft, the attention to detail that she poignantly crafted, and her filmmaking journey.

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Zero Contact Beyond the Pandemic to Artistic Heights

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Zero Contact director Rick Dugdale speaks with Script contributor Paula Landry about his experience making this film, which is a follow-up conversation she previously had (when the film was launching as an NFT) with Cameron Chell, co-founder of Vuele, the NFT platform.

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Return of Balls of Steel™: How to Find a Reputable Screenwriting Contest

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Before I knew better, I entered every contest I stumbled upon. But like every great lesson in life, you learn from your mistakes. How do you find a reputable screenwriting contest?

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Creating Space for Neurodiversity On Screen with “As We See It” Creator Jason Katims

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“As We See It” creator, writer and showrunner Jason Katims shares with Script about his personal connection to the shows subject matter, his commitment to telling neurodiverse stories authentically and his writing journey working on character driven shows.

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Sins and Sensuality: An Interview with “Under the Banner of Heaven” Director Isabel Sandoval

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Series lead Andrew Garfield only had 30 minutes to prepare for one of the most emotionally devastating scenes in “Under the Banner of Heaven.”

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5 Unexpected Benefits to Writing a Supernatural Love Interest

5 Unexpected Benefits to Writing a Supernatural Love Interest

Who says ghost can’t have a little fun? Author Ashley Poston shares 5 benefits to writing a supernatural love interest.

Stephen J. West: On Art and Masculinity

Stephen J. West: On Art and Masculinity

Writer Stephen J. West discusses the decade-long process of writing his new nonfiction novel, Soft-Boiled.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 616

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a deep thoughts poem.

Writing a Debut Novel as a Woman of a Certain Age

Writing a Debut Novel as a Woman of a Certain Age

Debut novelist Barbara Graham discusses the experience of publishing her debut novel in her 70s and how life experience made her story more powerful.

In a Dream

In a Dream

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, set your story inside a dream.

Writer's Digest Best General Resources Websites for Writers 2022

Writer's Digest Best General Resources Websites for Writers 2022

Here are the top general resource websites as identified in the 24th Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

From Our Readers

What Book Ended in a Way That You Didn’t Expect but Was Perfect Anyway?: From Our Readers (Comment for a Chance at Publication)

This post announces our latest From Our Readers question: What book ended in a way that you didn’t expect but was perfect anyway? Comment for a chance at publication in a future issue of Writer's Digest.

From Script

A Deep Emotional Drive To Tell Stories (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, read interviews with filmmakers Wendey Stanzler and Maria Judice. Plus a one-on-one interview with Austin Film Festival’s executive director Barbara Morgan.

Paul Tremblay: On Starting With the Summary

Paul Tremblay: On Starting With the Summary

Award-winning author Paul Tremblay discusses how a school-wide assembly inspired his new horror novel, The Pallbearers Club.