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  1. page to screen
    Made For Love’s Creators on Adapting a Uniquely Weird Book to Equally Weird TVNovelist Alissa Nutting and showrunner Christina Lee on making satire both timely and timeless and the need to present sci-fi through a female lens.
  2. hollywood
    So You Want to Become a Working ScreenwriterIf screenwriting is your “spark,” what do you need to know? Soul co-writer Mike Jones explains the lessons he learned in the Hollywood trenches.
  3. origin stories
    How a 25-Year-Old Film School Grad’s Spec Script Became RatchedEvan Romansky explains how his nurse Ratched origin story wound up in the Ryan Murphyverse and how it changed along the way.
  4. deaths
    Raging Bull Screenwriter Mardik Martin Dead at 82He was a collaborator and longtime friend of Martin Scorsese.
  5. booksmart
    How Booksmart Screenwriter Katie Silberman Wrote the Movie’s Rom-com EndingShe is the Meg Ryan of screenwriters. (And, yes, she is responsible for that Harry Potter line.)
  6. the toughest scene i wrote
    The Favourite Screenwriter Talks About the Mystery of the RabbitsTony McNamara discusses how the rabbits helped him solve the movie’s most difficult scene.
  7. the toughest scene i wrote
    Boots Riley Tells Us the Story Behind Sorry to Bother You’s Horse People“I had a girlfriend at the time who was very into horses and claimed it wasn’t sexual, so that was probably one of the reasons it got into my head.”
  8. the toughest scene i wrote
    How First Man Crafted Its Most Uncomfortable SceneScreenwriter Josh Singer breaks down Neil Armstrong’s pre–moon landing family sit-down.
  9. obits
    The Hate U Give Screenwriter Audrey Wells Dead at 58The writer and director passed away Thursday of cancer.
  10. party report
    Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan Say They Probably Won’t Act Together AgainAnd they traded drafts of Wildlife together over three years before Dano directed it.
  11. backstories
    How 50 Famous Female Characters Were Described in Their ScreenplaysAll the surprising ways these well-known characters were introduced on the page.
  12. Mudbound’s Dee Rees on Writing Racist Jokes and Directing Mary J. Blige“If you’ve ever been at one of her concerts, it’s like a therapy session with 30,000 people.”
  13. 7 Hollywood Gatekeepers on What They Look for in a ScriptDo they care about spelling and grammar? Has Trump changed their tastes?
  14. how movies are written now
    Sequels Are Killing the Art of the ScreenplayConsider The Mummy, a textbook case of what happens when a studio’s drive to build franchises, tentpoles, and universes rearranges a screenplay’s DNA.
  15. how movies are made now
    Who’s Afraid of Max Landis?A look inside the mind of one of Hollywood’s most successful — and divisive — screenwriters.
  16. how movies are made now
    Why Is Great Screenplay Writing So Hard to Judge?If directors are always heroes and writers are always hacks, how is it possible to figure out if a script is good?
  17. how movies are made now
    The 100 Best Screenwriters of All TimeAs chosen by working screenwriters.
  18. cut it out
    Screenwriters: Scrap The Speech Where Your Hero Complains About Social MediaT2 is the latest example of an unfortunate screenwriting trend: A movie stopping dead in its tracks so a character can rant about social media.
  19. screenwriting
    Aaron Sorkin to Teach Online Screenwriting ClassIt’s part of the MasterClass program.
  20. blockbusters
    How Are Movies Going to Credit All Those Blockbuster Writers Rooms?The current shared-universe storytelling model is clashing with WGA rules.
  21. Do Film School Grads Have an Advantage Entering the Industry?As a former comedy agent at UTA and WME, Priyanka represented numerous big-name writers and performers before leaving to start a TV production […]
  22. movies
    Simon Pegg to Co-write an Indubitably Silly Script for Star Trek 3He’ll be in it, too!
  23. screenwriting
    The Toughest Scene I Wrote: Spike Jonze on Her’s Sweet Song“Each time we changed our minds, Arcade Fire would have to write a new song.”
  24. screenwriting
    Toughest Scene I Wrote: Nebraska’s Bob NelsonHow slicing down one line made all the difference.
  25. screenwriting
    The Toughest Scene I Wrote: Kill Your Darlings Co-writer Austin Bunn“While Daniel Radcliffe worked his way through the poem, I realized I had no idea what he was talking about.”
  26. screenwriting
    Toughest Scene: The Butler’s Reagan Section“It was very difficult [to write] because Reagan’s record on civil rights was so bad.”
  27. screenwriting
    Toughest Scene I Wrote: Spectacular Now WritersChandler wanted to take out a key line before filming.
  28. screenwriting
    The Toughest Scene I Wrote: Nicole Holofcener on Enough Said’s Ending“It was just a very tenuous line between schmaltz and making it work.”
  29. screenwriting
    Toughest Scene I Wrote: Before Midnight’s Fight“I always thought of this scene as two heavyweights going at each other. They’re like Ali vs. Frazier III!”
  30. The Toughest Scene I Wrote: Alfonso Cuarón on GravityCuarón and his co-writer son Jonás explain the scene that required some last-minute help from George Clooney.
  31. Bo Burnham, Eric Slovin, and Leo Allen Make This Year’s Black ListThe Black List, an annual ranking of the best-liked unproduced screenplays from a survey of studio and production execs, was released today, […]
  32. r.i.p.
    Legendary Screenwriting Teacher Syd Field DiedHe was best known for outlining the classic three-act structure.
  33. movies
    Damon Lindelof on Blockbuster Screenwriting“We live in a commercial world, where you’ve gotta come up with ‘trailer moments.’”
  34. ‘Peep Show’ Co-Creator Sam Bain Has Screenwriting Tips for YouSam Bain, co-creator of the UK series Peep Show and co-writer on the movie Four Lions, wrote a list of 10 screenwriting tips for The Guardian […]
  35. screenwriting
    Why Iron Man 3’s Director Ruled HollywoodIncluding some terrific excerpts from his huge-payday screenplays.
  36. screenwriting
    The Toughest Scene I Wrote: Moonrise Kingdom Co-Writer Roman Coppola“Wes conceived this idea … but he couldn’t quite crack it.”
  37. screenwriting
    The Toughest Scene I Wrote: Life of Pi’s Ending“We went through dozens and dozens of version of the ending.”
  38. screenwriting
    The Toughest Scene I Wrote: Tony Kushner on Lincoln“I wrote, literally, about a hundred different versions of the scene.”
  39. screenwriting
    The Toughest Scene I Wrote: Ol Parker on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel“The great thing about working with really old actors is they can’t remember any lines.”
  40. screenwriting
    Toughest Scene: Nicholas Jarecki on ArbitrageRichard Gere improvised the scene’s best line.
  41. screenwriting
    Toughest Scene: Beasts of the Southern Wild“I still cry when I watch that scene,” says the film’s co-writer.
  42. screenwriting
    The Toughest Scene I Wrote: Screenwriter John Gatins on FlightHow Robert Zemeckis helped solve the scene.
  43. screenwriting
    The Toughest Scene I Wrote: William Nicholson on Les MisérablesWhere Nicholson decided to put a new scene.
  44. screenwriting
    The Toughest Scene I Wrote: Writer/Director Rian Johnson on LooperDissecting Looper’s pivotal diner scene.
  45. oscars 2013
    The Toughest Scene I Wrote: Screenwriter Chris Terrio on ArgoIt involves Gatorade.