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Exploring Norse Mythology and Nordic Folklore in Storytelling (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, read an exclusive interview with The Northman screenwriters Sjón and Robert Eggers, The Twin horror film screenwriters Taneli Mustonen and Aleksi Hyvärinen, and more!

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, read an exclusive interview with The Northman screenwriters Sjón and Robert Eggers and The Twin horror film screenwriters Taneli Mustonen and Aleksi Hyvärinen. Plus, catch up on Script contributor Tom Stempels film reviews of The Outfit, The Lost City, Everything Everywhere All at Once, and CODA.

Norse Mythology and the Brutalism of Landscape: How Sjón and Robert Eggers Crafted the Viking Saga The Northman

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Script contributor Sonya Alexander interviews writers of this Viking epic, Robert Eggers and Sjón, about the importance and research of Norse mythology and Icelandic folklore, being story architects, and their collaborative process.

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INDIE SPOTLIGHT: An Interview with All My Puny Sorrows Writer-Director Michael McGowan

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Michael McGowan shares with Script his adaptation process, overcoming self-doubt roadblocks, working with the actors in terms of character motivation and scene work to his personal writing routine.

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It Depends – The Underbelly of the Business of Hollywood – Pt. 2

The Underbelly of the Business of Hollywood – Pt. 2-Script

There’s the legal, ethical practice and above-board perspective of Hollywood. And then there’s the seedier side, the less than ethical, the notorious and unfortunately far too prevalent way business gets done behind certain closed doors. This second of a two-part series of articles will peek under the carpet shedding light on some of these situations so we can all be prepared to recognize them and know when to put on the brakes, turn around and speed like hell away.

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UNDERSTANDING SCREENWRITING: Stars and Actors

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Script contributor Tom Stempel is looking at movies with, well, stars and actors, including The Outfit, The Lost City, Everything Everywhere All at Once, and CODA.

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Interview with SXSW Short Film Homesick Cinematographer Cory Fraiman-Lott

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Homesick cinematographer Cory Fraiman-Lott shares with Script the visual collaborative process with writer-director Will Seefried and other key creative team members, how the visuals to lens choices service the story, and Cory's work ethos.

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How The Twin Filmmakers Taneli Mustonen and Aleksi Hyvärinen Transformed a Simple Idea into a Twisted Horror Story

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The Twin filmmakers Taneli Mustonen (director/co-writer) and Aleksi Hyvärinen (co-writer) share with Script their personal approach to the story and characters, tapping into their comedy chops, Nordic folklore and combined love and respect for the horror genre.

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Adapting True Crime and True Stories for Television (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with writers and showrunners Robert Siegel and D.V. DeVincentis (“Pam & Tommy”), Patrick Macmanus and Liz Hannah (“The Girl from Plainville”) who both have taken creative liberties in adapting true stories for a limited series.

Chanel Cleeton: On Reader Enthusiasm Conjuring Novel Ideas

Chanel Cleeton: On Reader Enthusiasm Conjuring Novel Ideas

Author Chanel Cleeton discusses how reader curiosity led her to write her new historical fiction novel, Our Last Days in Barcelona.

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The Writer's Digest Interview: Marlon James

Booker Prize–winning author Marlon James talks about mythology and world-building in his character-driven epic Moon Witch, Spider King, the second book in his Dark Star Trilogy in this interview from the March/April 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

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WD Presents: New Podcast Episode, a Chance at Publication, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce our newest podcast episode, your chance to be published, and more!

David Adams Cleveland: On Truth Revealing Itself in Historical Fiction

David Adams Cleveland: On Truth Revealing Itself in Historical Fiction

Award-winning novelist David Adams Cleveland discusses the timeliness of his new novel, Gods of Deception.

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The WD Interview: Lisa Jewell

The New York Times-bestselling British author discusses creating thrilling plot twists and developing characters in her 19th novel, The Night She Disappeared, in this interview from the Jan/Feb 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

5 Tips for Successfully Pitching Literary Agents in Person (That Worked for Me at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference)

5 Tips for Successfully Pitching Literary Agents in Person (That Worked for Me at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference)

Author Anat Deracine found her agent at Writer’s Digest Annual Conference. Now she’s sharing what she’s learned to help other writers become authors. Here are her 5 tips for successfully pitching literary agents in person.

Tips for Reading Poetry in Front of an Audience

8 Tips for Reading Your Poetry in Front of an Audience

Poet's Market editor and published poet Robert Lee Brewer shares eight tips for reading your poetry in front of an audience.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Strength Lost

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Strength Lost

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let a character lose their powers.