Movie Theatres Return While Indie Cinema and TV Turns to Horror and Beyond (From Script)

In this week’s round-up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, read movie reviews from cinephile Tom Stemple. Plus, exclusive interviews with Amazon’s Them creator and showrunner Little Marvin, horror film Jakob’s Wife director Travis Stevens, a history lesson with Dr. Rosanne Welch about trailblazer screenwriter Anita Loos, and much more!
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In this week’s round-up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, read movie reviews from cinephile Tom Stemple as he goes back to viewing films in physical movie theatres. Plus, exclusive interviews with Amazon’s Them creator and showrunner Little Marvin, horror film Jakob’s Wife director Travis Stevens, a history lesson with Dr. Rosanne Welch about trailblazer screenwriter Anita Loos, and much more!

UNDERSTANDING SCREENWRITING: Movie Theatres Return!

The Half of It, Netflix

The Half of It, Netflix

Tom has some movies from streaming services (The Half of It, The Trial of the Chicago 7) and some from, yes, actual movie theatres (News of the World, The Courier).

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Interview with Amazon's Them Creator, Showrunner, EP, and Writer Little Marvin

Interview with Amazon's Them Creator, Showrunner, EP, and Writer Little Marvin

Them, Amazon Studios

Script's editor, Sadie Dean, speaks one-on-one with Little Marvin, the creator, showrunner, EP, and writer behind Them, Amazon's new horror anthology limited series. They tap into the storytelling tactics he used to create suspense, collaboration on set, his screenwriting journey, and more.

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INDIE SPOTLIGHT: Interview with Honeydew Writer/Director Devereux Milburn

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Honeydew, Dark Star Pictures

Script's editor, Sadie Dean, speaks with writer/director and editor Devereux Milburn about the filmmaking journey behind Honeydew, how his editing background helped with his writing process, and the bonus factor of shooting a contained horror film.

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Women Prefer Anita Loos

Women Prefer Anita Loos

Anita Loos

Celebrating the Female Screenwriters Who Came Before Us: Anita Loos.

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Who is Jakob's Wife?

Who is Jakob's Wife?

Jakob's Wife, a RLJE Films and Shudder release. Photo courtesy of RLJE Films and Shudder.

Jakob’s Wife has been a journey of over half a decade. Thuc Nguyen speaks with director Travis Stevens about how the movie came about and what influenced the filmmakers along the way.

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Arclight Cuts to Black

Arclight Cuts to Black

Cinerama Dome marquee, photo courtesy Kevin Delin

A fond farewell to the Arclight, a movie-going experience staple in Los Angeles.

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Ask the Coach: When Should I Give Up On a Script?

Ask the Coach: When Should I Give Up On a Script?

In this installment of "Ask the Coach," Jenna Avery answers a pre-submitted question about when to toss in the towel on a work in progress or when to push forward on said script.

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INTERVIEW: Florian Zeller, Writer/Director of The Father and Co-Writer Christopher Hampton

INTERVIEW: Florian Zeller, Writer/Director of The Father and Co-Writer Christopher Hampton

Olivia Colman as Anne, Anthony Hopkins as Anthony in THE FATHER. Photo by Sean Gleason. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Andrew Bloomenthal interviews Florian Zeller, writer/director of The Father and co-writer Christopher Hampton, about adapting the award-winning play into a film that explores the nightmare of slipping into confusion.

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INTERVIEW: Vanquish Writer/Director George Gallo

INTERVIEW: Vanquish Writer/Director George Gallo

Vanquish, Lionsgate.

Script's editor, Sadie Dean, interviews Vanquish writer/director George Gallo, in which he gives incredible insight from a director’s perspective on how to convey emotion and tone through color palettes, camera angles to point-of-view, and much more!

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Mistakes Writers Make: Not Using Your Spare 15 Minutes

Mistakes Writers Make: Not Using Your Spare 15 Minutes

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake writers make is not using your spare 15 minutes.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unexpected Visitor

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unexpected Visitor

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, invite an unexpected visitor into your story.

7 Tips for Writing a Near Future Dystopian Novel

7 Tips for Writing a Near-Future Dystopian Novel

In this article, debut author Christina Sweeney-Baird explains how writers can expertly craft a near-future dystopian novel.

Pam Jenoff: On Writing About Isolation While Isolated

Pam Jenoff: On Writing About Isolation While Isolated

Bestselling author Pam Jenoff shares how she explored themes of isolation in her latest novel, The Woman with the Blue Star, while writing during the 2020 pandemic lockdown.

8 Ways to Add Suspense to your Novel

8 Ways to Add Suspense to your Novel

Authors Mark and Connor Sullivan are no strangers to utilizing suspense in their novels. Here, they share their top 8 tips for writers to do the same.

Lynn Painter: On Rom-Coms and Escapism

Lynn Painter: On Rom-Coms and Escapism

Author Lynn Painter discusses the strengths of the romantic comedy genre and how she utilized them in her novel Better than the Movies.

On Mining Humor From Family Dynamics in Your Writing

On Mining Humor From Family Dynamics in Your Writing

Humor often stems from things that are not humorous. Can you mine your family's dynamics for inspiration? Author Jesse Q. Sutanto believes you can, and gives you her top 3 tips for doing so.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 563

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write an after poem.

How to Inhabit the Character You Write About

How to Inhabit the Character You Write About

One key to engaging your reader is to give them a character they love to read about. Author Diana Souhami gives her top tips for making this happen.