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Understanding the Business of Hollywood and Screenwriting Contracts (From Script)

This week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, glean practical insight about screenwriting contracts, collaboration agreements, non-disclosures, and more!

This week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, glean practical insight about screenwriting contracts, collaboration agreements, non-disclosures, and open writing assignments. Plus, learn the secret strategies composers utilize in songwriting and how you can use the music method to elevate your storytelling.

It Depends – The Underbelly of the Business of Hollywood – Pt. 1

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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 first 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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TRUE INDIE: I Got a Screenwriting Assignment! Now What? Navigating Contracts and Collaboration Agreements

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Confused about contracts? Aggravated over agreements? Rebecca Norris Resnick walks you through keeping yourself protected when you sign a screenwriting contract, but you're pre-WGA and yet to be represented.

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“Under the Banner of Heaven” TV Review: Andrew Garfield Helms an Ambitious Entry to the True Crime Genre

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What makes “Under the Banner of Heaven” so compelling and different from other entries in the religious true crime genre is the way it can challenge the audiences’ perceptions of faith along with its leading detective.

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Film Review: The Outfit is a Crime Drama that Really Goes the Distance

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When a movie never leaves the room, the production better have a strong enough story to compensate for the containment, and feature characters who can displace the lack of action through the sheer force of their performance. The Outfit is one such movie.

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STORYTELLING HACKS: The Music Method and The Christopher Nolan Method

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In music, numbers rule everything. They articulate the mechanics behind hit songs written by people who can’t read a single note. And they describe a secret strategy to storytelling that’s worked for songwriters since we began humming the songs we wish we could forget. It’s a secret strategy that could make the difference between selling your story or watching it waste away in limbo.

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How To Research Topics Like a Journalist

How To Research Topics Like a Journalist

From in-person interviews to scouring the web for credible sources, journalist Alison Hill shares tips on how to research topics like a journalist.

Can I Have Your Attention?

Can I Have Your Attention?

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, an announcement is about to change the course of history.

Glenn Boozan: On the Funny Side of Parenting

Glenn Boozan: On the Funny Side of Parenting

Emmy nominated comedy writer Glenn Boozan discusses how a funny piece of perspective turned into her new humor book, There Are Moms Way Worse Than You.

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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.