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Movie History, Character Development, and Writing to Theme (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, learn how the NAACP mobilized in 1915 to protest the showing of D.W. Griffith’s film The Birth of a Nation, interviews with independent filmmakers on character development and writing to theme, and more!

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, learn how the NAACP mobilized in 1915 to protest the showing of D.W. Griffith’s film The Birth of a Nation, interviews with independent filmmakers on character development and writing to theme, and more!

The Art of Adapting the True Story – An Interview with Actor/Screenwriter Joshua Rollins

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Infinite Storm actor/screenwriter Joshua Rollins shares with Script his personal relatability to Pam Bales' story, writing on spec, and his new journey as a screenwriter.

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Reel Impact: Movies and TV That Changed History: The Birth of a Nation – Writing Lies with Lightning

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Frank Deese explores how the NAACP, only a few years old in 1915 and dealing mostly with local issues in the South, mobilized nationwide protests with other prominent leaders against theaters showing D.W. Griffith's blockbuster film The Birth of a Nation turning it into an efficient and effective national organization.

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INDIE SPOTLIGHT: An Interview with SXSW Short Film Dear Mama Director Winter Dunn and Screenwriter Charmaine Cleveland

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Dear Mama director Winter Dunn and screenwriter Charmaine Cleveland share with Script the collaboration and development process while participating in Film Independent Project Involve, their personal approach to the material, and the type of stories they're drawn to tell. Plus, they both share invaluable advice for those interested in or about to shoot their first short film.

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Film Review: Paris, 13th District - A Coming-of-Age Story Devoid of Revelation

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Jacques Audiard’s commitment to consistently immerse himself in new forms of structure and storytelling is commendable, but the film lacks an understanding of the text’s interlocking characters and storylines.

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Finding Humor in Humanity with Dual Writer-Director Riley Stearns

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Dual writer-director Riley Stearns shares with Script his approach to character development, why he became a multi-hyphenate creative, and why he likes subverting expectations in his storytelling.

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Leaning Into Horror Tropes with The Cellar Writer-Director Brendan Muldowney

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Filmmaker Brendan Muldowney shares with Script the story conception for his new feature horror film The Cellar, how he utilizes sound design for optimal scares in both his writing and in post, and the importance of creating character hooks.

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Prioritizing Theme and Emotion with Chariot Writer-Director Adam Sigal

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Chariot writer-director Adam Sigal shares with Script his writing process, why he is a heavy outliner, thematic choices, and why he decided to become a director.

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FLIP THE SCRIPT: How to Adapt Your Story to Sell

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Learn how to flip your script in the upcoming webinar "FLIP THE SCRIPT: How to Adapt Your Story to Sell" with Jon James Miller on Thursday, April 21st, 2022 01:00 pm – 02:30 pm PDT, only at Script University.

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Managing Point of View: Mythbusting

In the first of this three-part series, novelist and WD columnist Sharon Short breaks down 7 of the most common myths about choosing which POV is right for your story.

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

As self-publishing continues to become an attractive and popular options for writers, it’s important to know what you’re getting into and to have the right expectations. Here, author and entrepreneur Tom Vaughan shares how to channel your inner “authorpreneur” to help your book find its readers.

Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Award-winning author, playwright, and journalist Mark Kurlansky discusses the experience of channeling Ernest Hemingway in his new memoir, The Importance of Not Being Ernest.

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

Congratulations to Alyssa Rickert, Grand Prize winner of the 2nd Annual Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards. Here's her winning essay, "In Between."

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

From maintaining subtlety to visiting haunted places, author J. Fremont shares everything to consider when writing about ghosts and the supernatural in fiction.

6 Effective Steps To Promote Your Forthcoming Book on Social Media and Feel Good About It

6 Effective Steps To Promote Your Forthcoming Book on Social Media and Feel Good About It

Social media is a daunting albeit important aspect of promoting our work. Here, author Aileen Weintraub offers six steps to promote your book on social media authentically.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 609

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 world-building poem.

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Writer's Digest Presents: World-Building (Podcast, Episode 5)

In the fifth episode of the Writer's Digest Presents podcast, we talk about world-building in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including interviews with authors Whitney Hill (fiction) and Jeannine Hall Gailey (poetry).

Heirloom

Heirloom

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, someone's shown up demanding your narrator's family heirloom.