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ASK DR. FORMAT: Perplexed About Parentheticals

When you use a parenthetical, make sure it adds clarity, characterization, or conflict.

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Why ‘Prey’ Works and ‘Lightyear’ Doesn’t

'Prey,' both as a script and as a crowd pleaser is proof that infusing a script with a clear emotional journey makes a huge difference. And the failure of 'Lightyear' proves what happens when you get it wrong.

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‘Spidey and His Amazing Friends’ Creative Team Talk Bringing Marvel Superheroes to Life on Disney Junior

Executive Producer Harrison Wilcox, along with Bart Jennett and Becca Topol who serve as co-producers, story editors and writers on the Disney Junior Marvel series discuss making Spider-Man for kids and writing tips.

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Learning About Your Characters Through Action: A Conversation with ‘Reasonable Doubt’ Creator Raamla Mohamed

Raamla Mohamed, the creator, writer, and EP behind 'Reasonable Doubt,' speaks with Script about stating the theme through a pivotal piece of dialogue from lead character Jax Stewart, laying the groundwork for character development and writing grounded dialogue, and her career from working and also learning the ropes while on 'Scandal,' and so much more.

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Return of Balls of Steel™: How to Find a Reputable Screenwriting Contest

Before I knew better, I entered every contest I stumbled upon. Man, I wish I had that money back! But like every great lesson in life, you learn from your mistakes. How do you find a reputable screenwriting contest?

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Finding the Moral Power of a Story: William Nicholson Discusses 'Thirteen Lives'

William Nicholson speaks with Script about writing 'Thirteen Lives,' how he finds truth in a story, his writing career from documentaries to plays, and so much more.

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'The Good House' Filmmakers Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky Talk Breaking the Fourth Wall and Crafting Characters with Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline

Filmmakers Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky speak with Script about how their new film 'The Good House,' is like a character study, crafting characters and working with screen giants Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline.

Ask the Coach - Odds & Ends

Ask the Coach: Odds & Ends — Finding Your Voice, Getting Unstuck, and Abandoning Scripts for Books

Script contributor Jenna Avery shares different perspectives, tools, and questions to help you keep moving forward as a writer.

3 Keys to Your Success in 2022

3 Keys to Your Success in 2022

Script contributor Dave Trottier shares three actionable objectives to set yourself up for success as a screenwriter.

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Creating Memorable Moments: A Talk with 'God's Country' Editor Justin LaForge

Justin LaForge speaks with Script about his editing techniques and collaboration with 'God's Country' director Julian Higgins.

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Reckless Creatives Podcast - Season 2 | Episode 4: If Trigger Warnings Could Have Trigger Warnings: Cactus Jack's Jay Thornton and Michael Gull

Jeanne Bowerman decided to shake things up and invited writer/director/producer/filmmaker and uber reckless creative Jay Thornton on the show with actor/comedian Michael Gull—the star of the Thornton Brother's new film, CACTUS JACK.

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Creating Real Opportunity at Reel Works

Script's editor Sadie Dean visits the Reel Works headquarters in Brooklyn, NY, and witnesses firsthand how the dedicated team has created a safe and nurturing space for young creative minds to explore and contribute their art to their community.

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‘Spidey and His Amazing Friends’ Creative Team Talk Bringing Marvel Superheroes to Life on Disney Junior

Executive Producer Harrison Wilcox, along with Bart Jennett and Becca Topol who serve as co-producers, story editors and writers on the Disney Junior Marvel series discuss making Spider-Man for kids and writing tips.

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Learning About Your Characters Through Action: A Conversation with ‘Reasonable Doubt’ Creator Raamla Mohamed

Raamla Mohamed, the creator, writer, and EP behind 'Reasonable Doubt,' speaks with Script about stating the theme through a pivotal piece of dialogue from lead character Jax Stewart, laying the groundwork for character development and writing grounded dialogue, and her career from working and also learning the ropes while on 'Scandal,' and so much more.

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Framing Destiny and Despair: A Conversation with Andrew Dominik about 'Blonde'

With a film, you only have a short amount of time to get your vision across. While some might think Dominik’s two hours and fort six minutes is excessive, that’s still a small window of time to capture the comet that was Marilyn Monroe. Filmmaker Andrew Dominik recently spoke with Script regarding his vision for 'Blonde.'