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The 10 Best Filmmaking Books to Read in 2020

Whether you're new to filmmaking or a seasoned pro, here are 10 must-reads for 2020.

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7 Ways to Crack the Code of TV Writing

At Sundance, acclaimed TV and feature film writers, featuring writers of 'Transparent,' 'Six Feet Under,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' and more, share essential tips for episodic writing.

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Justin Chon: On the Responsibility Involved with Making Films

Justin Chon on the unexpected responsibilities that come with making movies.

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How They Did It: The Farewell Writer-Director Lulu Wang Shares Secrets to Turning Your Life Story into a Memoir Movie

Lulu Wang reflects on her journey of making a deeply personal narrative film.

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Worldbuilding: A Guide for Film and TV Screenwriting

Worldbuilding techniques to help you craft a captivating story.

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How to Build Momentum in Your Screenplay

Tips on how to make your screenplay get noticed.

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Writing a Web Series: How to Grab Viewers and Keep Them Coming Back

Some helpful advice on how to attract and keep an audience for a web series from our friends at Film Independent.

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Avoid a Screenwriting Trap: Tell a Story Instead of Explaining Your Movie

An important explanation of why you shouldn't think of your screenplay as a movie.

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A Smart Artist’s Guide to Income Taxes

It's that time of year again and Creative Independent wants you to be prepared. Check out their helpful income tax guide for artists.

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The 20 Best Screenwriting Books You Should Get Right Now

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How Internal and External Conflict Can Energize Your Story

How Internal and External Conflict Can Energize Your Story

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Jennifer Kent on Shooting THE NIGHINGALE One-Camera, Contractually Obligated Aspect Ratios and Directing from a Handheld Monitor

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The Beginner’s Guide to VR Scriptwriting & Storytelling

A deep dive introduction into screenwriting for VR.

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Creative Burnout is Not a Myth (And There’s a Way to Heal From It)

Writer and creative, Nathalie Sejean, breaksdown the phases of creative burnout and how to cope.

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Nancy Meyers Reveals the Secrets of Her Successful Writing and Directing Process

What makes Nancy Meyer films so entertaining? Check out this list of tips from the legendary writer and director herself.

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SAVE THE CAT! Podcast

Blake Snyder's podcast provides tangible tips and advice for screenwriters

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A Massive List of Fall 2019 Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About

No Film School put together a massive list of fall 2019 grants that you should know about.

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The Beginner’s Guide to VR Scriptwriting & Storytelling

A deep dive introduction into screenwriting for VR.

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John August on Screenwriting

Master screenwriter John August takes us through the key lessons he's learned along the way as a screenwriter.

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How to Write a Thrilling Horror, from SILENCE OF THE LAMBS' Screenwriter and More

Learn the art of thrill from a group of horror masterminds.

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LATE NIGHT: Director Nisha Ganatra Talks Emma Thompson’s Improv Skills and Portraying an Aspirational Writers Room

Nisha Ganatra talks about her inspiration as a director, story tone, working with actors, and the making of LATE NIGHT.

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How to Talk Comedy Writer

A list of vocabulary comedy writers use, that's often left out of screenwriting books.

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10 Screenwriting Lessons from Fight Club

The multi-faceted story of "Fight Club" can teach you a few things about the art of Screenwriting.

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