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Paths to Becoming a Professional Screenwriter

A ScreenCraft guide on making your way in your screenwriting career.

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Behind the Scenes: The State of Inclusion & Equity in TV Writing

Four years ago, Think Tank for Inclusion & Equity (TTIE) began examining the state of inclusion and equity in TV writing. In this report, TTIE identifies the barriers to entry and career advancement for historically excluded¹ writers, as well as obstacles to authentic, inclusive, and responsible storytelling. The report digs deeper into how these persistent barriers and seismic shifts in the industry (e.g., the rise of streaming platforms, the proliferation of mini-rooms, the impact of a global pandemic) affect hiring and, ultimately, storytelling on a profound level.

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The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit

From RespectAbility, this toolkit is a guide on disability inclusion in the entertainment industry. Storytellers often make glaring, yet easy to avoid, errors when covering the disability community, America's largest minority (one-in-five Americans have a disability) and third largest market (valued at more than $1 trillion). The purpose of this toolkit is to help entertainment professionals ensure their stories are as inclusive of people with disabilities as possible.

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10 Pieces of Screenwriting Wisdom from Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi is one of the newest and most in-demand screenwriting voices in the film and TV industry today. His journey to this point in his career can teach us so much about the craft. In this article, Screencraft features some of his greatest quotes on directing, writing, and cinematic storytelling as a whole - nuggets of wisdom for any aspiring filmmaker.

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The Script Lab: Screenplay Library

The Script Lab's online screenplay library has hundreds of screenplays for free access and download. A great resource for filmmakers and screenwriters who want to see how their favorite films were written before the screen.

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50 Feature Script Downloads All Screenwriters Need to Get Their Hands On

Curated from the Script Lab's free online screenplay library, this list features 50 script downloads all screenwriters should consider reading. There are many things writers can learn by watching and re-watching a great film, but reading a script provides a unique insight into the mind of the screenwriter, before anyone else is involved.

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The Good Energy Playbook: A Playbook for Screenwriting in the Age of Climate Change

Created by writers, for writers, this interactive resource is here to help creators explore the endless ways the climate emergency complicates characters and colors story worlds.

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Albert Planet Placement: Guidelines for Implementing Environmental Sustainability in Content

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From Women In Film - Filling the Gaps: Bringing History Alive on Screen

Part of the 2021 Women In Film TV Summit, this panel of female TV creators and performers focuses on unpacking the layers to developing and portraying historical narratives on TV. Featuring Zackary Drucker (EP & Director of THE LADY AND THE DALE), Joi McMillon (Editor of THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, Juliet Rylance ("Della" on PERRY MASON), Jurnee Smolett ("Leti" on LOVECRAFT COUNTRY), Amy Ziering (Co-Creator, EP, Writer & Director of ALLEN V. FARROW); moderated by Andria Wilson Mirza (ReFrame Director).

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20 Screenwriting Tips from Paul Thomas Anderson (LICORICE PIZZA, THERE WILL BE BLOOD)

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Black Film Space Podcast: Dreux Dougall on Being A Writer's Assistant and Screenwriter

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The Screenwriters Formula for a Winning Pitch

For screenwriters, this article from ScreenCraft highlights the key components for creating a successful pitch.

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How to Create a Beat Sheet in 12 Steps

Like all stories, movies and TV shows are made up of moments that build upon each other to create a cohesive whole. Beat Sheets are used to outline these moments. Through this Masterclass article, learn how to create a beat sheet in 12 steps.

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3 Games That Will Build Your Screenwriting Skills

Building your creative screenwriting skills can be simple and fun. In this article, Screencraft outlines three fun and simple storytelling games screenwriters can "play" to flex their creative muscles and get those imaginative juices flowing.

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Beyond Words 2022: Adapted Screenplay Panel

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10 Excellent Screenwriting Podcast Episodes Featuring Established Filmmakers

Screenwriting podcasts are a great way to learn from industry insiders as they discuss various screenwriting topics, as well as their own perspectives and experiences throughout their careers. Produced by ScreenCraft, this list of ten podcast episodes offers outstanding screenwriting knowledge and information.

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How to Write a Movie Script

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What is a Storyboard and Why Should you Use One?

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NFS: What Does "The Note Behind The Note" Mean?

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22 Loglines from This Year's Sundance Films (and Why They Got Festival Attention)

Filmmakers use loglines to market their film to agents, producers, and yes, film festivals, which makes them supremely important pieces of prose that all screenwriters should learn to master. Screencraft breaks down 22 loglines from 2022 Sundance Film Festival films and why they got festival attention.

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What Is A Script Consultant? A Complete Guide for Aspiring Writers

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The Beauty of Villains (and How to Develop Them)

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Scriptwriting for Fiction & Nonfiction: Is It That Different?

From the Video Consortium, this workshop dives into the art of scriptwriting for both fiction and nonfiction with three extraordinary filmmakers who’ve learned to harness story in everything they write: Amanda Pisetzner (VICE News), Matt Wyatt (Daughter & Sons) and Jacqueline Castel (Director, Writer).

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