How New Filmmakers Can Champion Diversity

It’s important for film to reflect the world, and many studios and filmmakers are talking about diversity – but according to USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, there has been no significant statistical improvement in the representation of women, people of color, LBGT characters or characters with disability over the past decade. “We’re not seeing an interesting trend

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8 Rules for Writing Film Dialogue

Writing smart, compelling dialogue is one of the most challenging parts of screenwriting. But crafting the perfect line can make your film live on in viewers’ minds forever. Below are eight essential rules (and examples!) to help you improve the dialogue in your screenplay or pilot.   1. Enter late, leave early You don’t need

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How to Create Strong Female Characters

With Black Panther and Tomb Raider perched at the top of the box office earlier this year, audiences can see a multitude of powerful female characters lately. They aren’t just action heroes, though—they’re women of action. Women of action drive the plot. They’re active characters who make choices, even mistakes, as the story unfolds—not passive

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Three-Act Structure and How to Use it

Screenwriters often talk about three-act structure, but do you need to use it when writing a feature screenplay? Few topics have become so controversial in the writing world. But if you’re serious about becoming a screenwriter, you’ll need to learn about three-act structure before you make up your mind. A breakdown of three-act structure Conventional

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