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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

Creating Characters: The Behavioral Paradox

Benjamin Broomfield explains how to use behavioral paradoxes to make your scripted characters come to life. Character or characterization has been described as contradiction. Although this is the truth, it is – crucially – not the whole truth. The first thing to understand about character is: Character is created through exploration. Character exploration occurs through presenting Read MoreRead More

Writing Screenplays from the Height of Your Intelligence

Improvisational actor Brett Wean shares how the concepts of improvisation, in this case the concept of “Height of Your Intelligence” can be applied to the work — and play — of writing your script. On stage, in order to discourage audience members from yelling out stupid things like, “Boobs!” or “Farting,” improvisers often ask them Read MoreRead More

Is Dialogue Really That Important?

Cameron Cubbison examines the importance of dialogue and what constitutes good dialogue. Norma Desmond may not have thought that dialogue was all that important…lovably bitter wretch that she was…but she was wrong. Dialogue is one of the absolute most important elements in a screenplay, for myriad reasons. I would imagine most writers know this without Read MoreRead More

On Stephen King’s MISERY And The Art Of Suffering

King’s novel is a horrific love letter to writing and the necessity of enduring pain There’s that that wise old adage, “Write what you know,” yet there’s another, less spoken of piece of writerly wisdom – one that we don’t like to acknowledge because it’s simply too honest: writing is pain. Not that the act Read MoreRead More

The Story of Story: How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love Structure

Justin Morrow traces the history of story and how we approach the human endeavor of explaining what happened. It is a truism that, “we tell ourselves stories in order to live.“ But, it is also remarkable what a human characteristic the drive for narrative is. We’ve been telling stories since we learned how to communicate, Read MoreRead More

House Of Cards: A Conversation With Beau Willimon

House of Cards creator, Beau Willimon, discusses writing for Netflix, working with David Fincher, and delving into the psychology of narrative power struggles. Artiz Moreno’s short film, Colera, follows with an ominous glimpse of a town that decides to take the law into their own hands, without considering the consequences.Read More

Pets in Movies – How Can a Pet Improve Your Characters and Plot?

Marilyn Horowitz explains how adding pets can flesh out the characters in your screenplay. We often find ourselves with characters that seem a bit familiar, but are hard-pressed to find a way to freshen them without losing their essence. One solution that works is to give your characters a pet. This technique can do two Read MoreRead More

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