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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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Unknown Number

Unknown Number

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, a message from an unknown number has surprising consequences.

Kerri Schlottman: On Giving Literary Voice to Visual Art

Kerri Schlottman: On Giving Literary Voice to Visual Art

Award-winning author Kerri Schlottman discusses the real-life documentary photograph that helped inspire her literary novel, Tell Me One Thing.

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The Secret as a Narrative Framing Element (From Script)

In this week’s roundup brought to us by Script magazine, read more filmmaker interviews from the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, including an exclusive interview with Sundance’s U.S. Dramatic Audience Award and Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award winning filmmaker Maryam Keshavarz.

How To Write a Protagonist Leading a Double Life

How To Write a Protagonist Leading a Double Life

Inspired by personal experiences, author Kyla Zhao discusses how to write a protagonist leading a double life.

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WD Presents: Romance Writing Virtual Conference, 6 WDU Courses, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce the Romance Writing Virtual Conference, six WDU courses, and more!

Popular Fantasy Tropes for Writers

21 Popular Fantasy Tropes for Writers

Here are 21 examples of fantasy tropes for writers to consider and subvert when writing fantastical fiction.

Writing Goals and Intentions: 25 Prompts

Writing Goals and Intentions: 25 Prompts

Make this year your most successful writing year ever by considering the following questions to set your goals and intentions.

Is a Personal Essay Considered Journalism?

Is a Personal Essay Considered Journalism?

Journalist Alison Hill answers the question of whether or not the personal essay is considered journalism by defining the genre and offering examples. Plus, outlets for you to publish your own personal essay.

Forth vs. Fourth (Grammar Rules)

Forth vs. Fourth (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use forth vs. fourth in your writing with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples.