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What Does The Black List Mean for Screenwriters and Hollywood?

ScreenCraft | Posted 12.15.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

This year, scripts had to receive at least six mentions to be included on the Black List. It has been said many times, but it's worth repeating: The Black List is not a "best of" list. It is, at best, a "most liked" list.

How to Write the Perfect Query Letter for Your Scripts

ScreenCraft | Posted 12.14.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Do your research, feel free to take some shots in the dark, and just keep getting your concepts out there. Your odds of success increase with each and every query you send.

2016 Golden Globe Nominees, Surprises, and Snubs

ScreenCraft | Posted 12.10.2016 | Entertainment
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This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

50 Words and Phrases That Writers Get Wrong

ScreenCraft | Posted 12.03.2016 | Home
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This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

The Secret Themes Behind All Pixar Movies

ScreenCraft | Posted 12.01.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Join us as we explore how many of these connected themes apply to The Good Dinosaur, why such Pixar themes resonate with audiences so much, and how screenwriters can apply such themes to possible great success in their own projects.

7 Essential Ingredients to Writing a Successful Holiday Movie

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.25.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Audiences, each and every year, and even for those that don't celebrate the Christmas holiday, sit down with their friends and family to watch movies they've seen over and over and over again. So what is it about these movies that make people come back for more?

Bruce Cook's Trumbo: A Brilliant Light Shining Into Dark Times

Paola K Amaras | Posted 11.24.2016 | Home
Paola K Amaras

Bruce Cook's Trumbo, reissued as a tie-in to a major motion picture starring Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren, delves into the life, jail-time and, most importantly, the "blacklisting" of James Dalton Trumbo.

The Ultimate Guide to Buying Gifts for Screenwriters

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.23.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

What is the perfect present for that dear person you know that just happens to be a screenwriter?

The Secrets to Writing Successful Movies for the Whole Family

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.18.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Four-Quadrant scripts and movies are Hollywood's bread and butter. These are the projects that have the most outreach in regards to which audiences embrace them most.

5 Things Every Screenwriter Should Know About Action Writing

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.17.2016 | Entertainment
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5 Reasons Why Short Stories Are Easier to Adapt Than Novels

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.13.2016 | Home
ScreenCraft

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

Screenwriting Wisdom From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.10.2016 | Entertainment
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This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

Choosing the Right Screenwriting Path for You

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.06.2016 | Entertainment
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This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

Since Visiting Scotland, I've Been Trying to Understand Its Culture

Christine Stoddard | Posted 11.04.2016 | Arts
Christine Stoddard

It's been five years since I visited Scotland, the home of my paternal ancestors, and it was far from the tartan-clad, bagpipe-playing, haggis-eating oasis I was half-expecting.

How To Make Your Own Luck In Hollywood And Beyond

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.04.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

If I hadn't seized the opportunity with those security guards and a handful of other opportunities after, I wouldn't have been in that office to meet that particular development executive in the first place.

7 Things to Do Before You Submit Your Screenplay to Anyone

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.04.2016 | Entertainment
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This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

One-On-One With Academy Award-Winning Screenwriter of 'Brokeback Mountain' Diana Ossana

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.02.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Ossana, of Italian/Irish descent, was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, majoring in English/Political Science, and is the author of several short stories and numerous essays.

Trumbo

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.02.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents) uses a dialouge-heavy script by John McNamara (Prime Suspect), that's based on the book Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Cook, as a blue print.

8 Ways Horror Movies Scare the S*** Out of Audiences

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.30.2016 | Entertainment
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How a Children's Book Can Teach Writers About Engaging Storytelling

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.28.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

The truth of the matter in writing is that writers all too often over-complicate the notion of engaging an audience, especially when writing mysteries, thrillers and compelling dramas.

Why Does TV Makes Its Women Foolish?

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.28.2016 | Women
Lev Raphael

Obviously the screenwriters privileged the plot over believability in each case. By doing so, they made otherwise intelligent characters seem moronic. I've seen it happen in TV show after show, and all too often it's women who end up making all the wrong moves.

Crash and Million Dollar Baby Screenwriter Robert Moresco Talks Hollywood, Screenwriting, and the Academy Award Experience

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.27.2016 | Entertainment
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23 Reasons Why a Screenwriter's Script Is Rejected

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.27.2016 | Entertainment
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This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

10 Screenplay Typos That Will Make Them Think You Can't Write

James Napoli | Posted 10.26.2016 | Entertainment
James Napoli

Some of the more egregious slip-ups can leap off the page in a way you wish your story was leaping, and that lousy first impression could potentially sink the work's effectiveness.

How Do Screenwriters Hook a Studio Reader and Audience?

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.24.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

In all of my years in screenwriting, the one constant has been the concept of The Hook. Any and every screenwriter has heard the term. It's been in nearly every screenwriting book, seminar, workshop, etc. You have to hook the audience.