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Redefining Genres, Film Festival Reports, and Screenwriting Lessons You Can Learn from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script Magazine, interviews with indie filmmakers who are redefining the thriller, comedy and rom-com genres, live reports from film festivals, screenwriting lessons from Disney’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and more!

In this week’s round up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, interviews with indie filmmakers who are redefining the thriller, comedy and rom-com genres, live reports from film festivals, screenwriting lessons from Disney’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and more!

Telluride Film Festival Report – Goodnight, Telluride, What’s Next? - Day 5 and Beyond

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Which films that sparked interest today will still be afire when the awards season hits. Was the festival “safe enough” in this ever changing pandemic landscape? Will I ever catch up on the sleep I missed trying to see as many films as I could over the course of five days? (The answer to that one is probably, no.)

Plus: Read Script contributor Christopher Schiller’s full recap of Telluride Film Festival here.

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How Filmmakers Gita Pullapilly and Aron Gaudet Found Loss and Redemption with QUEENPINS

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Filmmaking team Gita Pullapilly and Aron Gaudet talk about their new comedy film QUEENPINS, how they came across this true story, taking creative liberties in grounding the comedy, collaborating, forging a new path in Hollywood and so much more.

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Redefining a Genre with The Voyeurs Writer-Director Michael Mohan

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Script's Editor Sadie Dean speaks one-on-one with The Voyeurs writer-director Michael Mohan about his new film, his new path as an erotic-thriller filmmaker, what sparked the idea for The Voyeurs, and how he broke into the industry. Plus, he offers invaluable advice for first-time filmmakers.

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Lessons Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Can Teach Screenwriters

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a lesson in understanding the genre and tropes that one expects watching a movie of this nature. It’s a mash-up that carefully blends two genres together, paying off both in ways the audiences of either respective genre will expect and understand. Script contributor Bryan Young does a deep dive into some of those lessons.

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Dating & New York Writer-Director Jonah Feingold on Filmmaking and Modern Love

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Script's Editor Sadie Dean interviews Dating & New York writer-director Jonah Feingold about his new film, the impetus for this story, his filmmaking journey, and their shared love of the movie Hook. Plus, Jonah shares invaluable advice about filmmaking that first-time filmmakers should absolutely take note of!

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DEFUND at TIFF21: Making Films That Matter When They Matter

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Script contributor Heather Taylor had the opportunity to speak to actors-turned-directors Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah and Araya Mengesha about their directorial debut, DEFUND, the importance of community and grace, and why you shouldn't wait for permission to create.

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Maria Judice: Running the Show From the Bay Area

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Script contributor Thuc Nguyen speaks one-on-one with filmmaker Maria Judice about her filmmaking journey, current projects, her open-source Black Film list she created, teaching and so much more!

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Tammye Huf: On Real Love That Sparked Inspiration

Tammye Huf: On Real Love That Sparked Inspiration

Debut novelist Tammye Huf discusses how her own familial love story inspired her historical fiction novel, A More Perfect Union.

Announcing the Second Annual Personal Essay Awards Winners

Announcing the Second Annual Personal Essay Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the second annual Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards!

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Going Rogue

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Going Rogue

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character go rogue.

How to Love Writing a Book

How to Love Writing a Book

When you’re in the weeds of the writing process, it’s easy to lose sight of why you started in the first place. Here, author Radhika Sanghani shares her tips on how to love the process of writing your book.

How Daily Meditation Can Lead to New Stories

How Daily Meditation Can Lead to New Stories

In seeking meaning did author Randal Maurice Jelks also find purpose and understanding. Here, he shares how daily meditation can lead to new stories.

5 Tips for Writing a Domestic Thriller

5 Tips for Writing a Domestic Thriller

Author Leah Konen offers 5 tips to help keep the goosebumps coming in your domestic thriller—from focusing on a small cast of characters to allowing yourself to be surprised in the process, and more!

Jonathan Evison: On Silencing Self-Doubt

Jonathan Evison: On Silencing Self-Doubt

New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Evison discusses the process of writing his new Dickensian epic novel, Small World.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 595

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 game poem.

Agent Advice

Agent Advice With Matt Belford of Tobias Literary Agency

Agent Advice (this installment featuring Matt Belford of Tobias Literary Agency) is a series of quick interviews with literary agents about their thoughts on writing, publishing, and just about anything else.