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How to Find Time to Write
December 7, 2023 | How To's

How to Find Time to Write

Many accomplished writers advocate continuous practice as the most effective method for enhancing one’s writing skills. Simply resolving to write when convenient often leads to perpetual postponement for many aspiring…

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Learn to Write Dialogue From These 6 Beloved Films
November 17, 2023 | How To's

Learn to Write Dialogue From These 6 Beloved Films

Writing dialogue that is believable and natural can be a challenge. Each character in your script should sound distinct and different from the other characters. What they say needs to…

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Creative TV & Movie Adaptations Featuring NYFA Alum, Faculty, and Rising Stars
July 14, 2023 | Alumni

Creative TV & Movie Adaptations Featuring NYFA Alum, Faculty, and Rising Stars

Remember back in the 1990s when Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillipe, and Reese Witherspoon starred in an adaptation of Pierre Coderlos de Laclos’ seminal French novel Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous…

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The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Pilot: Our Take on The Show’s Story Engine
February 15, 2023 | How To's

The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Pilot: Our Take on The Show’s Story Engine

“To be clear, I didn’t move here for Josh, I just needed a change‘Cause to move here for Josh, now that’d be strangeBut don’t get me wrong, if he asks…

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What Makes The Abbott Elementary Pilot So Engaging
January 29, 2023 | Industry Trends

What Makes The Abbott Elementary Pilot So Engaging

To write a good Pilot, you need to KNOW YOUR SHOW. Unlike a movie, you’re setting up stories that could go on for 20, 40, or maybe even 100 episodes. …

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The Complex, Engaging Characters of Yellowjackets
January 18, 2023 | How To's

The Complex, Engaging Characters of Yellowjackets

In 1996, a plane carrying a female high school soccer team crashes in a snowy mountain-scape, leaving the young survivors stranded in the harshest of conditions. Twenty-five years later, the…

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How to Write Horror for Film
October 4, 2022 | Filmmaking

How to Write Horror for Film

It’s a common mistake to call a horror movie a scary movie. Not all horror movies are scary, and certainly not all scary movies are in the horror genre. Therein…

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Movie Franchises: How to Build a Successful Film Strategy
August 2, 2022 | Filmmaking

Movie Franchises: How to Build a Successful Film Strategy

As an aspiring moviemaker, perhaps your dream is to one day captivate millions of people across the globe with your own franchise. This is an accomplishment far easier said than…

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4 Screenwriting Tips to Help You Eliminate Sexism in Movies
November 9, 2017 | How To's

4 Screenwriting Tips to Help You Eliminate Sexism in Movies

We see gender inequality in film all the time, but where does it start and how can we work to eliminate it? Screenplays often implicitly or explicitly suggest flat female…

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