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September

Wed 9/15/22:
WEEKLY WATCHLIST:
This week’s focus is on films and shows can establish their target audience right from the opening hook, including Don’t Listen (2022) and Carrie (1976)

Plus, some resources on LOTR: Rings of Power and why the writing is so problematic.


Wed 9/5/22:
HAPPY LABOR DAY from Screenplay Academy!

Wed 9/5/22:
WEEKLY WATCHLIST:
Reminder that some of the best Watchlist films are leaving streaming this month, including Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash (2014), and a pair of films featuring vastly opposite turns by Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler (2014) and Prisoners (2013).

All three are examples of how to explore tricky moral and ethical dilemmas in your screenplay.

August

Wed 8/31/22:
WEEKLY WATCHLIST:
This week’s spotlight is on bittersweet horror.

Recommended:
Magic (1978) from famed screenwriter William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid).

The Orphanage aka El Orfanato (2007) produced by Guillermo del Toro

Sun 8/21/22:
CONTEST CHECKUP:
3 spots available for a last-minute checkup for the final summer deadlines listed below.

Tue 8/16/22:
CONTEST CALENDAR:
Summer contest deadlines are approaching!

August 31 Final Deadlines:

  • Screencraft Drama
  • Circa Historical
  • Shore Scripts

September Deadlines:

  • Breaking Walls Thriller (9/3)
  • American Zoetrope (9/6)

Book a Contest Checkup for last-minute tips on how to get your script contest-ready.

Tue 8/7/22:
WEEKLY WATCHLIST:
Australia’s David Gulpilil (Walkabout) is spotlighted on the Criterion Channel.

Find some of Gulpilil’s films free on streaming, including Storm Boy (Tubi).


“Writing a screenplay, for me, is like juggling. It’s like, how many balls can you get in the air at once? All those ideas have to float out there to a certain point, and then they’ll crystallize into a pattern.”
James Cameron


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