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 Scott Essman

Diablo Cody Encounters Paradise

Diablo Cody Encounters Paradise

The Oscar-winning screenwriter of Juno directs her first feature film Paradise

by Scott Essman By her own admission, Diablo Cody’s screenwriting experience has been wholly unique.  After the renowned success of her spec script Juno, for which she won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, her succeeding specs sold and were made into films: Jennifer’s Body and Young Adult, plus a TV show that she created, […]

 Andrew Bloomenthal

Kill Your Darlings: Not Just Good Advice for Writers

Kill Your Darlings harks back to the origin of the counterculture movement, seen through the eyes of the biggest mover of them all

by Andrew Bloomenthal In 1944, when Columbia University student Lucien Carr fatally stabbed a gay man named David Kammerer before dumping his corpse into the Hudson River, he called upon a scholarly school mate to help him craft his defense. And by framing his crime as an “honor killing,” where murdering homosexuals and other so-called […]

 Tom Stempel

Understanding Screenwriting #115

Understanding Screenwriting #115

Blue Jasmine; Elmore Leonard: An Appreciation, The Way, Way Back; The To Do List; Red 2; 2 Guns; Incendies

by Tom Stempel FAN MAIL: So far there have not been any comments on my first Understanding Screenwriting column for the new Creative Screenwriting Website. I don’t know if that’s because nobody is reading it, or reading it and agreeing so much with everything I said that they feel nothing more is to be added, […]

 Andrew Bloomenthal

Penning Prisoners

Penning Prisoners

Screenwriter Aaron Guzikowsi discusses writing the thriller that could (and did!)

by Andrew Bloomenthal Screenwriter Aaron Guzikowsi was riding a hum-drum day job stuffing envelopes at a New York ad agency, when inspiration struck for a screenplay about a tale of children gone missing and the ripple effects this had on their families. After hammering away at the story for years—often in his former employer’s supply […]

 Lauri Donahue

Back to the Black List

Back to the Black List

An Interview with founder Franklin Leonard

by Lauri Donahue Launched in 2005, The Black List quickly became a Hollywood institution. In 2008, Entertainment Weekly reported: In just four years, the Black List has become Hollywood’s equivalent of the Rookie of the Year award—a neon arrow pointing to the work of undiscovered or unappreciated writers. It has launched careers, been an increasingly […]