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    Six Second Screenplay Tips from Screenwriter Brian Koppelman (on Vine!)

    Screenwriter Brian Koppelman has taken to sharing his screenwriting wisdom in six second tips on Vine.

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    Memo to Screenwriters #3: Being Solely Identified by Your Scripts Leads to Permanent Identity Crisis

    Like so many others, Elmore Leonard, god bless him, praised writers for their “perseverance to just sit there alone and grind it out.” Of course writers might think he was only referring to writing, especially when coupled with his memetic 10th rule: “if it looks like writing, re-write it.” Taking ...

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    Memo to Screenwriters #2: Like E.L. James, You Can Change the Game

    In the 1960s, Marshall McLuhan emphasized the value of message and the medium the message uses over its creator. This idea flies in the face of the modern era’s printed book as the ultimate expression of the writer, who toiled in glorified isolation as the big publishing house distributed it magical...

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    Memo to Screenwriters: Stop Acting Like It's 1999 -- DIY and Click 'Follow'

    William Goldman got it wrong. The screenwriter’s gospel according to Goldman, “nobody knows anything,” may have been true once upon a time in an analog age, but in an era when screens are pages and stories are being delivered at an accelerated pace, entertainment is instant and constant. If anything...

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    A New Age of Original Content Needs Script Services: A Guide

    Hollywood is allergic to taking risks on the unknown. But not every young adult franchise or fairy tale retelling can be as uber-successful around the world as "Twilight" ($392 million), "The Hunger Games" ($691 million) or "Oz: The Great and Powerful" ($426 million to date). This year's "Beautiful ...

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    Sundance Institute and Black List Collaborating to Support New Screenwriters

    The Sundance Institute and The Black List announce they will collaborate to source and support new screenwriters. This partnership will allow screenwriters to upload scripts to the Black List's site between now and April 15 and opt into consideration to receive a Black List referral...

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    WGA Lists Greatest Screenplays, From 'Casablanca' and 'Godfather' to 'Memento' and 'Notorious'

    The Writers Guild lists the 101 Greatest Screenplays. Among them are many familliar classics, like "Casablanca," "The Godfather," "Chinatown," "Citizen Cane" and "All About Eve," which comprise the top five.

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    Obit: 'Night Moves' Screenwriter Alan Sharp, Memorial Planned

    I had the pleasure of talking by phone to novelist/screenwriter Alan Sharp while preparing the production notes for the 1983 Sam Peckinpah movie "The Osterman Weekend," which was to be the director's last. While that film did not mark either man's finest hour, Sharp was one of Hollywood's most respe...

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    Academy Accepting Entries for 2013 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting Competition

    The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Up to five $35,000 fellowships will be awarded in November. During the fellowship year participants will complete a new feature length script...

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    Screenwriter David Koepp Honored with Writers Guild's Career Achievement Award

    The Writers Guild of America, East announces screenwriter and director David Koepp will receive the Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement. The award, established in 1992, honors a WGA member for his or her body of work.

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