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!
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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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Sara Nisha Adams: On the Celebration of Reading in Literary Fiction

Sara Nisha Adams: On the Celebration of Reading in Literary Fiction

Debut author Sara Nisha discusses the impact of growing up reading on her writing as an adult.

Writer's Digest Best Live Streams, Podcasts, and YouTube Channels 2021

Writer's Digest Best Live Streams, Podcasts, and YouTube Channels 2021

Here are the top live streams, podcasts, and YouTube channels as identified in the 23rd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 576

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 back to blank poem.

Where Are the Toxic Families in Children's Books?

Where Are the Toxic Families in Children's Books?

Christina Wyman discusses how for children who suffer difficult family dynamics, seeing their experiences reflected in books is few and far between.

the island

The Island

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, build yourself an island.

Nawaaz Ahmed: On Personal Identity in Literary Fiction

Nawaaz Ahmed: On Personal Identity in Literary Fiction

Nawaaz Ahmed discusses how his personal experiences acted as the impetus for his new book, Radiant Fugitives, and how it went from novella to novel.

Comedy vs. Comity (Grammar Rules)

Comedy vs. Comity (Grammar Rules)

There's nothing funny about learning when to use comedy and comity (OK, maybe a little humor) with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Shugri Said Salh: On Writing the Coming-Of-Age Story

Shugri Said Salh: On Writing the Coming-Of-Age Story

Debut author Shugri Said Salh discusses how wanting to know her mother lead her to writing her coming-of-age novel, The Last Nomad.

100 Ways to Buff Your Book

100 Ways to Buff Your Book

Does your manuscript need a little more definition, but you’re not sure where to begin? Try these 100 tips to give your words more power.