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Creating Dynamic Characters and Writing Sci-Fi for Broadcast (From Script)

In this week’s round-up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, learn how to create dynamic characters in comedy, how to format your screenplay to implement a “cameraman” as a character, the business of film financing, understanding subtext in the film Taxi Driver, and more!

In this week’s round-up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, learn how to create dynamic characters in comedy, how to format your screenplay to implement a “cameraman” as a character, the business of film financing, understanding subtext in the film Taxi Driver, and more!

COMEDY WRITING: Fine-Tuning Flaws to Make Characters Timely

COMEDY WRITING: Fine-Tuning Flaws to Make Characters Timely

Kim’s Convenience star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Sang-il Kim, CBC/Netflix

Producers and development executives love timely stories because they resonate with modern viewers and today’s hot topics are a great marketing hook. But, fresh stories should be driven by fresh characters—tweaking a psychological flaw can help with that.

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ASK DR. FORMAT: The Camera as a Character

ASK DR. FORMAT: The Camera as a Character

Dave Trottier, Dr. Format, shares advice on how to format your screenplay to implement a "cameraman" as an actual participant in a scene.

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The Business Of Film - Essential Concepts of Film Financing

The Business Of Film - Essential Concepts of Film Financing

While screenwriters may not actively participate in the funding of a movie, writers can benefit from understanding movie financing terminology and strategies.

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Interview with Mary Aloe, Producer and Founder of Aloe Entertainment

Interview with Mary Aloe, Producer and Founder of Aloe Entertainment

Mary Aloe discusses her career path, films, working as a producer in the industry, and the future of Hollywood.

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Writing Sci-Fi for Broadcast

Writing Sci-Fi for Broadcast

Debris, NBC

Script contributor Tara Bennett speaks with current sci-fi showrunners Jeff Rake (Manifest), Chris Sheridan (Resident Alien), J.H. Wyman (Debris), and Todd Helbing (Superman & Lois) about how they’ve approached making successful, mainstream sci-fi TV today.

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From Script to Screen: Shooting the Subtext Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver

From Script to Screen: Shooting the Subtext Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver, Columbia Pictures

It can be argued that the cinematic collaborations between Paul Schrader and Martin Scorsese rank among some of the greatest screenwriter and director duos in the history of the movies. Taxi Driver is a shining example of their offspring as a creative couple as it reflects how the writing informs the directing, and vice versa, how the directing elevates the writing.

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INDIE SPOTLIGHT: Interview With Together Together Writer/Director Nikole Beckwith

INDIE SPOTLIGHT: Interview With Together Together Writer/Director Nikole Beckwith

Ed Helms (left), Patti Harrison (right) Credit: Tiffany Roohani/Bleecker Street

Script's editor, Sadie Dean, interviews Together Together writer/director Nikole Beckwith about her background from stage to writing and directing films, her love of working with actors and tapping into vulnerabilities, and she offers advice in finding and honing your voice as a writer.

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Poetic Forms

Saraband: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the saraband, a septet (or seven-line) form based on a forbidden dance.

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

International bestselling author Karen Hamilton discusses the “then and now” format of her new domestic thriller, The Ex-Husband.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character give or face an ultimatum.

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

Sylvia Beach was friend to many writers who wrote what we consider classics today. Here, author Kerri Maher shares six things everyone should know about her and Shakespeare and Company.

How Writers Can Apply Business Tools to Their Writing

How Writers Can Apply Business Tools to Their Writing

Author Katherine Quevedo takes an analytical look at the creative process in hopes to help other writers find writing success.

Nick Petrie: On Following the Most Compelling Story

Nick Petrie: On Following the Most Compelling Story

Award-winning author Nick Petrie discusses how he listened to the story that wanted to be told in his new Peter Ash thriller novel, The Runaway.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 596

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 punishment poem.

Jacquelyn Mitchard: On Forgiveness in Fiction

Jacquelyn Mitchard: On Forgiveness in Fiction

Award-winning novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard discusses the chance meeting that led to her new novel, The Good Son.

Sea Bound

Sea Bound

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write about someone connected to the sea.