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Closing Out Sundance Film Festival 2022 and Finding Your Voice Through Story and Characters (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, Script’s Editor in Chief virtually attends the Sundance Film Festival 2022 with daily recaps and interviews, and exclusive interviews with Drive My Car filmmaker Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, The Power of the Dog Editor Peter Sciberras, and so much more!

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, Script’s Editor in Chief virtually attends the Sundance Film Festival 2022 with daily recaps and interviews, and exclusive interviews with Drive My Car filmmaker Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, The Power of the Dog Editor Peter Sciberras, and so much more!

It’s All About Characters: An Interview with Sonja Warfield

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"The Gilded Age" is gorgeous to look at and the drama is as rich as Downton’s. The historical drama is also a love letter to old New York. Former stand-up comedian, television writer, and author Sonja Warfield is co-writer and recently took the time to speak with Script contributor Sonya Alexander about her writing experience on the show.

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Sundance Film Festival 2022 – Day Two: Embracing Online Screenings

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Script's Editor Sadie Dean virtually attends day two of the Sundance Film Festival 2022 and dives into two poignant films, Watcher and Call Jane and catching up on other films.

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Sundance Film Festival 2022 – Day Three: A Little Bit of This and That

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Script's Editor Sadie Dean virtually attends day three of the Sundance Film Festival, where she watches a mix of films in genre, tone and storytelling.

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Sundance Film Festival 2022 – Day Four: Women at the Center

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Script's Editor Sadie Dean virtually attends day four of the Sundance Film Festival, watching three very distinct films that carry very similar character instincts.

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Grounding the Complexity of the American Dream in "Promised Land" with Writer and Creator Matt Lopez

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"Promised Land" creator and writer Matt Lopez discusses his approach to telling this specific story about immigrants, his personal connection to the material, and his filmmaking influences as well as authors. Plus, Matt shares really invaluable advice for all writers when facing the page.

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How Screenwriter Lauren Pomerantz Found Her Voice Writing Am I OK?

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Am I OK? screenwriter Lauren Pomerantz shares with Script how she's been able to process her story and the reality of seeing her story as a movie, writing the screenplay, and finding her voice during the creative process, and the importance of digging deeper as a writer.

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Taking the Feeling You Receive from Text and Turning it into Imagery with Drive My Car Filmmaker Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

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Drive My Car director and co-writer Ryûsuke Hamaguchi speaks with Script's Editor Sadie Dean about adapting Haruki Murakami's short story of the same name, what initially attracted him to the material, and what inspired him to become a filmmaker.

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INDIE SPOTLIGHT: Interview with Borrego Writer-Director Jesse Harris

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Borrego writer-director Jesse Harris speaks with Script's Editor Sadie Dean about re-entering the narrative film space with his new film, his collaboration with the film's cinematographer, and his filmmaking journey.

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Interview with The Power of the Dog Editor Peter Sciberras

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Script contributor Susan Kouguell interviews Australian film editor Peter Sciberras about carefully sustaining and building tension throughout the film, while still highlighting the complexity and surprises built into the characters and the story.

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Leaning into Character and Logic with Watcher Screenwriter Zack Ford

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Watcher screenwriter Zack Ford speaks with Script about the inspiration behind the story, collaborating with director Chloe Okuno and leaning into what scares you when writing a thriller.

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Reckless Creatives Podcast - EP 13 - Taking Feedback: When to Cry, When to Cheer, and When to Scream, "This meeting's over!"

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Taking feedback on your writing can be gut wrenching and soul crushing, but it doesn't have to be. Reckless Creatives podcast hosts Sadie Dean and Jeanne Veillette Bowerman share tips on how they give and receive feedback.

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How Screenwriters Julian Higgins and Shaye Ogbonna Created Nuance and Complexity in God's Country

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God's Country director and co-writer Julian Higgins and co-writer Shaye Ogbonna share with Script their approach to telling this specific story, their collaboration, working with Thandiwe Newton and shaping her character and the creative collaboration with their cinematographer Andrew Wheeler.

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Writing as Solace: An Interview with Rebecca Sonnenshine

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"Archive 81" writer and creator Rebecca Sonnenshine speaks with Script about her new Netflix horror series.

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Sundance Film Festival 2022 – That’s a Wrap!

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Script's Editor Sadie Dean wraps up days five through eight at Sundance Film Festival, with the last movies she was able to watch and her ultimate takeaway and appreciation from this year's festival.

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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.