3 Ways to Encounter “The Other” in Your Story

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Some of the most impactful themes in film and television revolve around an encounter with “The Other.” Often representing something else than what is obvious on screen, “Others” are what we fear, what we are curious about, and what we long to understand. When “The Other” is the protagonist, our story often... Continue Reading →

Pixar Storytelling: Writing Multi-Layered Stories

by Angela Bourassa Dean Movshovitz, a screenwriter and speaker, has written a new book that delves into the secrets of Pixar's screenwriting magic. The book, Pixar Storytelling: Rules for Effective Storytelling Based on Pixar's Greatest Films, is a fun, useful read. At just 122 pages, you can digest the whole thing in a weekend and be... Continue Reading →

Screenwriter Profile: Tom McCarthy

The Writer: Tom McCarthy is a successful writer, director, and actor. He is the creative force behind Spotlight, which he both co-wrote and directed. He's been nominated for three Oscars -- one for directing Spotlight, another for writing it, and one for developing the story for Up. Credits: Spotlight (written by) - 2015 The Cobbler... Continue Reading →

Screenwriter Profile: Abi Morgan

The Writer: Abi Morgan has had some of the biggest dramatic hits of the last five years with her scripts for Shame, Suffragette, and The Iron Lady. These days, the British writer spends much of her time executive producing River, a UK drama that she created and has written every episode of. She got her start... Continue Reading →

The 2015 Black List

The 2015 Black List was posted yesterday. Take a look at the most popular unproduced scripts of the last year, as voted on by agents, managers, and production companies. Note the kinds of big ideas that stand out to people in the industry. The winning script this year is the story of Michael Jackson as... Continue Reading →

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