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5 Things Every Screenwriter Should Know Before Writing A Blockbuster Movie

5 Things Every Screenwriter Should Know Before Writing A Blockbuster Movie

Screenwriters should always think big in terms of their careers. Blockbuster big. We all want our films to be seen by the largest audience possible. In old studio parlance, the term blockbuster referred to audiences queuing around the block to see a movie, which equated to big box office. The term blockbuster is frequently associated with […]

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5 Tools For You To Write Gripping Screenplay Scenes

5 Tools For You To Write Gripping Screenplay Scenes

Republished from 11/9/2018 Forget structure. Forget character. Forget concept. Your screenplay is nothing but scenes. So, if your scenes don’t stand out as original or memorable, no one will remember your story, your characters, your concept, or your script, long enough to read it. So, if your protagonist is fired after being called into his […]

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Melina Chiaverini Talks “Melina: I Was Born Greek”

Melina Chiaverini Talks “Melina: I Was Born Greek”

In 1967, Melina Mercouri Greece’s most famous and patriotic actress, was torn between the two men in her life (husband, Jules Dassin & her brother, Spyros Mercouris) when she spoke out against her home country’s brutal junta dictatorship. She became the “voice of the people”, but is stripped of her citizenship, risking her career, marriage, […]

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15 Types Of Intimacy Between Characters

15 Types Of Intimacy Between Characters

Character interactions in films and television shows are often defined in terms of a dramatic function such as protagonist vs antagonist or main character and their supporting characters. These somewhat narrow definitions facilitate the conflict in the story in terms of opposing beliefs, morals, and goals. Fewer screenwriters examine the more intimate and nuanced bonds […]

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Darren Star, Creator Of “Emily In Paris,” “Melrose Place,” & “Beverly Hills 90210” Is A Star

Darren Star, Creator Of “Emily In Paris,” “Melrose Place,” & “Beverly Hills 90210” Is A Star

Not long out of film school, an aspiring screenwriter Darren Star sold two screenplays very early on in his career during his twenties – Doing Time On Planet Earth (1988) and If Looks Could Kill (1991). Although these films didn’t set the box office on fire, they did set the groundwork for Star to pivot […]

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