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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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Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Collecting Advice but Never Writing

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Collecting Advice (but Never Writing)

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so this series helps identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's mistake is to collect writing advice at the expense of actually writing.

The Benefits of a Book Coach for Writers

The Benefits of Having a Book Coach for Writers

What is a book coach? How could they help authors? Award-winning author and writing instructor Mark Spencer answers these questions and more in this post about the benefits of having a book coach for writers.

Clare Chambers: On Starting Fresh and Switching Gears

Clare Chambers: On Starting Fresh and Switching Gears

Award-winning author Clare Chambers discusses the fear and excitement of switching genre gears in her new historical fiction novel, Small Pleasures.

Poetic Forms

Exquisite Corpse: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the exquisite corpse (or exquisite cadaver), a collaborative poem that would make a fun poetic game.

How Opening Ourselves to Other People Can Make Us Better Writers

How Opening Ourselves to Other People Can Make Us Better Writers

The writing process is both individual and communal, as receiving constructive feedback and outside encouragement helps our drafts become finished manuscripts. Author Peri Chickering discusses how opening ourselves up to others can make us better writers.

What Forensic Science’s Godmother Taught Me About Writing Mysteries

What Forensic Science’s Godmother Taught Me About Writing Mysteries

Stephanie Kane discusses the impact of Frances Glessner Lee, the godmother of forensic science, and her crime scene dioramas on writing mysteries.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Still Alive

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Still Alive

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, reveal that a character who was thought deceased is actually still among the living.

Mark Anthony: On Destigmatizing Paranormal Communication

Mark Anthony: On Destigmatizing Paranormal Communication

Author Mark Anthony hopes to educate and normalize paranormal communication with his new spirituality book, The Afterlife Frequency.

Ways Animals Have Interacted With Writers Through the Centuries

Ways Animals Have Interacted With Writers Through the Centuries

Across the globe and spanning lifetimes, animals have always operated as more than simply animals within the stories they reside. Author Richard Girling discusses how animals have interacted with writers throughout the centuries.