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 Jim

“Marriage Story” Is A Love Story According To Noah Baumbach

“Marriage Story” Is A Love Story According To Noah Baumbach

Marriage Story is simple and clear in its message. It could have been titled Divorce Story, but screenwriter / director / producer, Noah Baumbach, also known for his Oscar-nominated film The Squid And The Whale (2005), and Greenberg (2010), wanted his opus to be a story about conscious decoupling – a film about the “transformation […]

 Lauri Donahue

How a Story That “Had To Be Told” Launched Rogue One Screenwriter Gary Whitta’s Career

How a Story That “Had To Be Told” Launched Rogue One Screenwriter Gary Whitta’s Career

Gary Whitta’s an unusually versatile writer. In addition to writing for both film and TV, in both live-action and animation, he’s also written novels, video games, and comics and he’s been a video gaming journalist. He’s perhaps best known for co-writing Rogue One, the first stand-alone Star Wars movie. Lauri Donahue spoke with Gary about his […]

 Brock Swinson

“Fear Not, There Is A Place For You” Lucy Alibar on ‘Troop Zero’ & ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’

“Fear Not, There Is A Place For You” Lucy Alibar on ‘Troop Zero’ & ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’

“You don’t realize how unique your childhood was until you’re out of it,” proclaimed screenwriter Lucy Alibar. “Universality is assumed, which is one of the magical things about childhood.” The world is your oyster and dreaming of flying into space is realistic. As an adult, Alibar started writing scenes based on her life from ages 7 […]

 Jim

“Extreme Politeness” Screenwriters Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe Discuss ‘Greener Grass’

“Extreme Politeness” Screenwriters Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe Discuss ‘Greener Grass’

Are you familiar with the ways of the people from the Midwest? Where everyone is super polite, politically correct, and sports a perma-smile (maintained by braces) just to keep up appearances? Actresses, screenwriters, and directors Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe explore this notion in their Independent Spirit nominated Best First Screenplay, Greener Grass. The title conjures […]

 Brock Swinson

“Balancing Real and Unusual” Charles Randolph Talks ‘Bombshell’ and ‘The Big Short’

“Balancing Real and Unusual” Charles Randolph Talks ‘Bombshell’ and ‘The Big Short’

“I’m looking for things that frighten me a little bit,” declared Academy Award-winning screenwriter Charles Randolph. “Things that feel a little complicated, and maybe a little unusual. Something that sort of gets your blood pumping and people can be engaged by and willing to explore.” Randolph is known for an array of hard-hitting films, starting […]