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Dissecting Great Characters: Mr. White from Resevoir Dogs

Scott Myers analyses the character of Mr. White as played by Harvey Keitel in Quentin Tarantino’s Resevoir Dogs. It was back in 1992 when the heist thriller underwent a clever genre dissection with the application of a crime novel-style nonlinear narrative by screenwriter and director Quentin Tarantino with his debut feature film, Reservoir Dogs. Aside from Read MoreRead More

Adapting a Book Into a Screenplay

Daniel Manus looks at what it takes to adapt a novel into a sellable screenplay. Writing novels and writing screenplays require two very different skill sets, both learnable with time and practice. And with the flourishing amount of books turned into films these days, it’s something you should probably look into. Before you try adapting a Read MoreRead More

The Business of Screenplay Feedback

Entertainment Lawyer Christopher Schiller on Screenplay feedback: how to take it, what to do with it, how to give it and generally how not to shoot yourself in the foot career-wise while dealing with it. Feedback can come in a myriad of forms. Notes, comments, suggestions, demands, alterations, polish, considerations, “here’s an idea” offerings; just Read MoreRead More

Each TV Network Does Dramas Differently: Here’s How

Terry Curtis Fox examines the strategies each television network employs in their crop of scripted television shows. Thirty years ago, when I began writing episodic television, there were network dramas and syndicated shows. These days, when I’m teaching one-hour drama, that single catch-phrase encompasses everything that fits the time slot. But the explosion of different Read MoreRead More

Legally Speaking, It Depends: Copyright in Court

New York Transactional entertainment attorney Christopher Schiller discusses what may happen if you should be involved in a copyright case that sees the inside of a courtroom. Specifics being key to every case, this effort will only lay out the big-picture elements of what it might be like to take a copyright claim to the Read MoreRead More

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