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Half my life ago I was dating a woman People Magazine called the second most beautiful in the world and I was thinking two things: one, what kind of loser was I; second, really? And two, shouldn’t that have been enough? Beauty, it turns out,...

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It starts with the story.  Everybody’s got one.  I sure have enough people approaching me with the greatest idea ever and wouldn’t I like to write it for them?  No, is my standard answer and it’s not personal.  Write it yourself, I always say, then...

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“You create a dance by sitting down like a writer and thinking about the scene – a beginning, middle and an end. Then you get up and put it on its feet. No choreographer just gets up and starts to wiggle and then a dance...

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– Chris Weitz, Screenwriter, ABOUT A BOY. Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. – David Lynch, Screenwriter, Director, Twin...

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A few years ago, I attended a convention that was geared towards aspiring filmmakers and actors here in Connecticut. I had rented a booth and had the opportunity to speak with many aspiring screenwriters. There, I met a woman who claimed that she was a...

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“If it isn’t for the writing, we’ve got nothing. Writers are the most important people in Hollywood. And we must never let them know it.” -IRVING THALBERG (THE ROAD TO MANDALAY, GOODBYE MR. CHIPS) FOUR STEPS TO GET YOUR SCREENPLAY MOVING: From the chaos of...

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“When things aren’t working, it’s like walking through a desert; you don’t like it, but you keep walking.” Fernando León de Aranoa, Screenwriter, LOS LUNES al SOL.   Storytelling in the context of cinematic structure is different from other forms of storytelling. There exists, hopefully,...

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“It’s a very hard business…you’re failing all the time as a screenwriter. The odds of anything getting liked are so small, and to get it made, they’re even smaller. Even a wonderful script that everyone loves won’t get made for all kinds of reasons. Even...

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