Terence Winter – The Screenwriter who wrote The Wolf of Wall Street

Famous and revered for his work on The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire, Terence Winter is a 1st time Oscar nominee for his screenplay for The Wolf of Wall Street. He talks to David Poland about how he ended up in ScorseseLand after law school, odd jobs, and writing for Flipper & Xena. Also, what does Read MoreRead More

What is the Difference Between an Homage and Plagiarism?

Scott Myers gives us his take on the whole homage vs. plagiarism debate as he tackles a reader’s question. Let’s start with a definition. Per our good friends at Wikipedia: “Homage is a show or demonstration of respect or dedication to someone or something, sometimes by simple declaration but often by some more oblique reference, Read MoreRead More

Script Development for the Beginner Writer-Director

Kim Garland offers 5 steps for the beginner writer-director based on her own experience developing her first script turned film. 1) BEGIN AS A SCREENWRITER When you’re first developing your script, give yourself the freedom to think like a screenwriter and not a director. You’ll have plenty of time in later drafts to reign in the Read MoreRead More

How To Use The Formative Event Technique To Raise The Stakes In Your Story

Marilyn Horowitz When I teach my class, Writing a Screenplay in 10 Weeks, at New York University, my book, which is used in the class, begins with a series of character exercises that allow the student to do deep character work efficiently. The exercises get you directly to the information you need to begin writing. Read MoreRead More

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