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Does Your Script Need a Rewrite?

Of course it does – writing is rewriting. Professional screenwriter Tom Benedek talks about a project he’s working on and his thoughts on rewriting: I just finished the first draft of a script that I have been talking about, thinking about, structuring, restructuring, doing research around for way too long. It is still a great Read MoreRead More

Creating Classic Characters

Academy Award-winning director Sydney Pollack (OUT OF AFRICA, TOOTSIE, THE WAY WE WERE) and NYPD Blue and Deadwood creator David Milch discuss the inspiration behind creating classic film and television characters. Followed by the suspenseful short film THE LAB by writer/director Ryan Scheer, about two young boys whose summer afternoon in the woods goes horribly Read MoreRead More

John Gatins Talks about Recovery, Heroism and the Oscar nomination for “Flight”

Fandor’s Sean Axmaker talks to John Gatins about his journey to penning the screenplay for Flight. You could say that Flight is new territory for John Gatins. Before he finally got the film off the ground, a journey that took twelve years from his first draft to principle photography, he was a specialist in scripting such sport-centric stories as Hard Read MoreRead More

Showrunner Rules from Jeffrey Lieber

Scott Myers hosts a series of Rules for Showrunners as outlined by Jeffrey Lieber, showrunner for Lost. Here, Jeffrey explains how they came up with the idea. We three were staring at a cut of this show I created called Miami Medical (which, when it started, was neither set in Miami nor exactly medical, but… Read MoreRead More

Dealing with Box Office Bombs

Doug Richardson recalls his experience writing and producing the box-office flop Welcome to Mooseport and how may have worked out fine in the end. I don’t talk too much about Welcome to Mooseport. Not so much because it was a box office bomb. On second thought, maybe so, because one needs to know the film actually exists Read MoreRead More

John August’s New Courier Prime

Screenwriter John August worked with type designer Alan Dague-Greene to create a new pleasing form of courier especially for screenwriters. The Courier typeface was designed in 1955 by Howard “Bud” Kettler for IBM. It’s classified as a monospaced slab serif, with each character taking up the same space and constructed with even stroke widths. IBM deliberately Read MoreRead More

Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola on “Moonrise Kingdom”

Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola recall their collaborative process in scripting Moonrise Kingdomand explain why, for them, writing dialogue is like a musical experience. Since his first feature, Bottle Rocket, Wes Anderson has forged a distinctive voice while collaborating with a string of co-writers: Owen Wilson, Noah Baumbach, and with Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom, Roman Read MoreRead More

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