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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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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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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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3 Screenwriting Techniques That Turned 'Minority Report' Into a Classic

Boost your sci fi writing game with these three screenwriting techniques from "Minority Report"

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Meet the Reader: Sci-Fi & Fantasy Films – Writing the Script Fantastic

Writer and script consultant, Ray Morton, shares some tips he's learned along the way for crafting better sci-fi and fantasy.

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Lessons from the Best Comedy Movies

Here's a compilation of some of the best comedy films that will teach you a thing or two about writing a comedy screenplay.

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How the Coen Brothers Use Repetition to Create Comedy

Lessons on the use of repetition in comedy through the lens of the Coen Brothers.

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How to Make a Good Horror Movie: 9 Lessons from the Genre's Latest Triumphs

These 9 horror film examples provide important lessons on making your horror film stand out from the pack.

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Top New York Comedy Writers Tell How to Start and Sustain a Career in Comedy

Check out these highlights from top New York Comedy writers sharing insights into how they broke into the scene and sustain their careers.

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International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam Video Archive

Check out this amazing catalog of videos IDFA has captured over the years.

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Creative Types: Quiz

Take this fun Quiz by Adobe Create to find out what creative type you are and what types you should pair with in order to spark the best collaboration.

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Things I’ve Learned as a Moviemaker: Kimberly Peirce

Here are 31 life lessons Kimberly Peirce has picked up during her journey as a filmmaker.

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The Web Series May Be The New TV Pilot

Web series creation is a space where burgeoning tv creators can have the space to experiment, find an audience, and prove their viability to bigger network players.

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How to Write for Television

Amelia Gray talks about her transition from writing novels and short stories to writing for the small screen.

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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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On taking time to figure out your path

Filmmaker Marina Katz speaks about what it takes to be an editor, how documentaries are a window into humanity, and why it’s good to embrace multiple creative identities.

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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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How to Write a TV Show Treatment

Here's another helpful explainer video by the StudioBinder team on how to write a TV show treatment.

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The Big Transition: How to Break into TV Writing, Part One

A thorough guide on how the tv writing process works and how to break into that industry as a writer.

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On Finding Your Voice

Here's a zine by the Creative Independent team on finding your voice as an artist.

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Watch: BREAKING BAD Shows You How to Write the Perfect TV Pilot

BREAKING BAD is a lesson in how to write a great pilot.

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How to Create a TV Character and Develop Their Arc

Three essential questions to ask yourself when developing a TV character and their arc.

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SAVE THE CAT! Podcast

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

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Full Writers Roundtable: Jordan Peele, Darren Aronofsky, Emily V. Gordon | Close Up With THR

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20 Screenwriting Resolutions for 2019

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John August on Screenwriting

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Writer, Director Barry Jenkins on IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

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Creative Independent: On Dealing with Creative Anxiety

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Creative Burnout is not a Myth (and There's a Way to Heal from It)

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Episodic Story Lab Takeaways

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Creative Independent: On Making a Living as an Artist