7 Story Secrets from Netflix

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Pop culture and media historians will be examining Netflix for decades to come, trying to figure out how a company that began as a membership-based DVD rental program managed to, in a short amount of time, change the television landscape, bring chaos to the cable industry, and crash the Emmy awards. It’s... Continue Reading →

4 Ways to Face the Dragon In Your Stories

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Dragons have captured our attention from the moment they stepped into our collective imaginations. The latest iteration -- involving such a creature and a boy named Pete -- arrives in theaters later this week. These mythological representations of reptiles have appeared in virtually every culture’s storytelling, dating back literally thousands of years.... Continue Reading →

9 Films to Watch for a Dialogue Bootcamp

[Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on WeScreenplay. It is reprinted here in collaboration with that site.] by Mark Stasenko (@WeScreenplay) 1. GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS written by David Mamet What we learn: Specificity makes dialogue work It’s hard to talk about dialogue and not include David Mamet, and Glengarry Glen Ross is quintessential Mamet in... 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 →

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