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Why Do So Many Chase the "Impossible" Screenwriting Dream?

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.08.2015 | Entertainment

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

16 Things Screenwriters Should NEVER Say to Hollywood Executives

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.08.2015 | Entertainment

Screenwriters are always being told what they should say in Hollywood pitch meetings, meet and greets, and query letters. While there is a plethora of excellent advice in that respect, it's what screenwriters shouldn't say that really makes or breaks those first impressions.

Top Ten TED Talks on Storytelling and Filmmaking

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.07.2015 | Entertainment

From JJ Abrams to James Cameron, some of the world's most celebrated storytellers and filmmakers have given their "TED Talk." Topics range from viral videos to the secret source of creativity.

35 Powerful Quotes From Women in Hollywood

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.07.2015 | Women

The following are thoughts, tips, warnings and encouragement -- in no particular order -- from some kick ass women in the film and television industry. Only nine women have won Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars -- EVER.

7 Studio Jobs That Can Get Screenwriters Closer to Their Dreams

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.06.2015 | Entertainment

Each of these jobs create different levels of opportunity for networking and experience. And with each of them comes great responsibility as far as being careful to choose opportunities wisely.

Profiling the 15 Types of Movie Villains

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.05.2015 | Entertainment

Before we get into the logistics of what makes a villain a villain, what drives them, and what types of villains fit best into any given genre or story, we must first define the word and differentiate it from another classic cinematic term -- "antagonist."

The Ten Commandments of Writing a Great Sequel

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.02.2015 | Entertainment

Audiences love sequels, and thus, so do studios. They love something familiar. It gives them insurance for the multitude of money being spent at the theater on any given family or date outing.

9 Reasons Screenwriting Is Exactly Like Poker

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.01.2015 | Entertainment

Screenwriting. The pastime of Hollywood (and beyond). A career of high or low stakes, depending upon what level of the totem pole you, the screenwriter, is on.

Top 15 Most Iconic Movie Moments That Weren't in the Script

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.01.2015 | Entertainment

Right before Han Solo is encased in carbonite, Leia says, "I love you." Han Solo's scripted reply was "I love you, too," but after numerous takes, Harrison Ford and director Irvin Kirschner felt the line just wasn't working.

Thinking of Quitting Your Dream? Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Through the Day...

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

The Ultimate Guide to Hollywood Meeting Terminology

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.01.2015 | Entertainment

Development and acquisition talk can be another language to some. Below we will cover some of the most common terms that screenwriters may come across.

"Pan" Screenwriter Jason Fuchs Talks "Ice Age," Peter Pan, and Screenwriting

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.01.2015 | Entertainment

Jason Fuchs has enjoyed a long career in the film and television industry on the acting side of things. But what is even more interesting is his journey as a screenwriter.We spoke with Jason on the eve of the upcoming release (October 9th, 2015) of his live-action feature debut, Pan.

17 Screenwriting Lessons From Stephen King

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.01.2015 | Entertainment

Stephen King's On Writing is one of the best writing resources that any writer can get their hands on -- even screenwriters. Yes, King's wise words are written primarily in reference to writing literature, however, many of his now famous quotes from the book can be easily applied to screenwriting.

Story: Momentum + Mindset = Achievement

Jen Grisanti | Posted 09.23.2015 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

One of the most important ingredients of a successful story is momentum. When you mix momentum with mindset, you root for the achievement of the goal.

Transitioning In Plain Sight: I Came Out as Transgender While Making My First Film

Mikki del Monico | Posted 09.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Mikki del Monico

When I broke it down, the script resonated with quests for authenticity, and I couldn't give my best unless I were capable of being authentic myself.

'Entry Island,' A Conversation with Peter May

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.15.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Peter May is the creator of three major television series and presided over two of the three highest rated series in the UK, before leaving television to concentrate on writing novels.

"Looking" for Excuses: The Show Was Bad. It Got Cancelled. Get Over It.

Martin Luz | Posted 08.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Martin Luz

Enough of the moaning and complaining about HBO canceling the show Looking. And please stop with the overwrought excuses about gay male psychosexual and sociological failures. Here's the deal: the show was cancelled because it was bad.

Under the Veneer

Lisa Chau | Posted 08.26.2015 | Arts
Lisa Chau

On the 19th, I attended Hannush's Under, performed by The Con-Etiquette Players. Using flashbacks between a psychiatric hospital and Yale University, a group of millennials explore the themes of friendship, mental illness and ambition.

Theatre Nonprofit Opens Doors to All

Amber Browning-Coyle | Posted 08.05.2015 | Impact
Amber Browning-Coyle

Do you remember your first theatre experience? Quickly walking up to the play house and seeing the glowing marquee for the first time? Getting you...

Why Do So Many People Chase the Dream of Becoming a Screenwriter?

Quora | Posted 07.13.2015 | Entertainment

Well, let's see. Most of the civilized world as a whole is driven by entertainment. Two of the primary platforms of entertainment are television and film.

Q&A with Writer/Director Ben Caird on Writing and the Inspiration for His New Film, Halfway

Pam Stucky | Posted 07.02.2015 | Entertainment
Pam Stucky

"I'm half British (father) and half American (mother) and I grew up in London. My father is a writer and director of theatre, opera and pretty much anything else that can be staged. My mother also worked in theatre through which she met my father in New York."

A Neurotic, Tattooed Writer With Commitment Issues? Miles to Go Spoke to Me.

Abe Schwartz | Posted 06.16.2015 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

When I heard about Miles to Go, a coming-of-age comedy-drama about a thirtysomething, tattooed, Jewish writer in Los Angeles with commitment issues, I knew it was something I needed to see. As that more or less describes me (sigh).

The Most Risky Choice Is Not Making One

Shawn Tolleson | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Shawn Tolleson

Do you ever find yourself unable to make a decision? Vacillating between two, three or even more choices? Each choice we make takes us down a road, or further down the road that we are on, and you want to make sure it's the right road!

Entrepreneurs: Jeff Davis, Creator of Criminal Minds & MTV's Teen Wolf

Johnathan Cardillo | Posted 05.04.2015 | Entertainment
Johnathan Cardillo

I started writing screenplays while I was in high school; feature film scripts. By the time I got to LA I had written about 20 scripts. I went to college at Vassar in NY and got a BA in Film Production, then I went to USC for Screenwriting.

Academy Award Winning Screenwriter of The Imitation Game on Oscars, Research, and Discrimination Against Gay Men and Women

Quora | Posted 04.25.2015 | Entertainment

Doing research on the history of discrimination against gay men and woman was both horrifying and fascinating. One of the things I wanted to show in the film was that discrimination and prejudice were not simply the result of a few bad apples, but rather an institutionalized system of oppression.