The ATA Tries to Quell WGA Angst With Counter Proposals


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The WGA and the Association of Talent Agents have concluded their sixth day of bargaining…it went mediocre.


After a scathing letter from David Simon, negotiations resumed between the WGA and ATA.



ATA executive director Karen Stuart said Thursday evening, “We had an extensive dialogue with the guild today…We presented its leadership with our formal counterproposals in a draft agreement, and we hope they will follow up in good faith to move this process forward.”



While these talks are encouraging, all that seems to have come Continue reading “The ATA Tries to Quell WGA Angst With Counter Proposals”

Everything Coming to and Leaving Netflix in April 2019


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Time to check out new titles and get to view others while they last!


It’s that time again, where you get ready to see what’s coming soon to a couch near you. I am pumped by this month’s offerings on Netflix. We’re seeing the return of shows like Sabrina, and even the addition of the extended version of movies like Hateful Eight. So microwave your popcorn and plop down in your favorite chair. It’s streaming season!




What’s Coming to Netflix in April 2019



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How Ian McKellen Acts with his Eyes Only


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He’s Sir Ian for a reason…and that reason is that his frickin’ eyeballs deserve an Oscar.


Acting is incredibly hard. The best acting can sometimes go unnoticed because we get so used to characters and actors in roles that we forget they have to work hard to behave that way. One of the greatest actors of our times, Sir Ian McKellen, is a master at disappearing into a role. His tone, diction, and study have allowed him to bring some of the most popular and deepest characters to life.



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How Ian McKellen Acts with his Eyes Only


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He’s Sir Ian for a reason…and that reason is that his frickin’ eyeballs deserve an Oscar.


Acting is incredibly hard. The best acting can sometimes go unnoticed because we get so used to characters and actors in roles that we forget they have to work hard to behave that way. One of the greatest actors of our times, Sir Ian McKellen, is a master at disappearing into a role. His tone, diction, and study have allowed him to bring some of the most popular and deepest characters to life.



His Continue reading “How Ian McKellen Acts with his Eyes Only”

Want a FREE Office in LA? This Contest Has a Desk For You


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The 2019 THEOFFICE Fellowship is here. Get your applications ready!


I love working form an office. It makes me feel like a professional and helps the pages flow freely. That’s why I have applied for TheOffice fellowship a few times in the past, and I have applied again this year. I considered hoarding this opportunity to myself, but I figured it was better karma to share the opportunity with the readers.



This is a FREE fellowship with a FREE application. It allows you 24/7 access to TheOffice facilities for six months. Continue reading “Want a FREE Office in LA? This Contest Has a Desk For You”

Want a FREE Office in LA? This Contest Has a Desk For You


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The 2019 THEOFFICE Fellowship is here. Get your applications ready!


I love working for an office. It makes me feel like a professional and helps the pages flow freely. That’s why I have applied for TheOffice fellowship a few times in the past, and I have applied again this year. I considered hoarding this opportunity to myself, but I figured it was better karma to share the opportunity with the readers.



This is a FREE fellowship with a FREE application. It allows you 24/7 access to TheOffice facilities for six months. Continue reading “Want a FREE Office in LA? This Contest Has a Desk For You”

If This Video Doesn’t Make You Hype For House Targaryen, Nothing Will


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Will the Iron Throne seat a Bastard King or an Ancient Queen? Only war will decide their fate…


A long time ago, in a Westeros far far away…



Guys, I am losing my MIND waiting for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. you might as well call me the Mad King over here. And speaking of Mad Kings, The Ringer just released this dope video hyping me up for House Targaryen coming back to the throne.



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If This Video Doesn’t Make You Hype For House Targaryen, Nothing Will


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Will the Iron Throne seat a Bastard King or an Ancient Queen? Only war will decide their fate…


A long time ago, in a Westeros far far away…



Guys, I am losing my MIND waiting for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. you might as well call me the Mad King over here. And speaking of Mad Kings, The Ringer just released this dope video hyping me up for House Targaryen coming back to the throne.



It’s been a long time coming. The path for Daeny Continue reading “If This Video Doesn’t Make You Hype For House Targaryen, Nothing Will”

The No Country for Old Men Script PDF: A Masterclass on Story


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The best part of the “No Country For Old Men” script PDF is that it always sticks to basics. There’s a man chasing. And a man being chased. Let the games begin.


There were two competing films shooting in Texas at the same time in the summer of 2006. No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood were shot less than 50 miles away from each other. And legend has it No Country had to shut down shooting for one day due to the smoke from the scene where the oil rig caught Continue reading “The No Country for Old Men Script PDF: A Masterclass on Story”

‘Stranger Things’ S3 Trailer Drops…Let’s turn This Thing to…Eleven


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Get ready to spend your July 4th indoors, binge-watching to save Hawkins from yet another interdimensional being.


The last time we saw the kids from Stranger Things, they had just defeated another monster from the upside down, and it looked like life would be chill and their adolescence would come in peace. But the Duffer brothers had other ideas.



This trailer plays all the greatest hits, popping with 80’s rock ballads and the antics of precocious kids in way over their heads. Watching these characters develop season to season has Continue reading “‘Stranger Things’ S3 Trailer Drops…Let’s turn This Thing to…Eleven”

Writing Takeaways From the ‘There Will Be Blood’ Script PDF


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There’s more than milkshakes to this story. Let’s dissect the There Will Be Blood script PDF together…


Paul Thomas Anderson has been one of the most talked about writer-directors since he came onto the scene with Hard Eight. Since then, his movies have been must-see theatrical experiences. But none more so than There Will Be Blood. When There Will Be Blood burst into cinemas it was a tour-de-force of acting, directing, cinematography, and musical scores.



People came from all over to watch Daniel Plainview be consumed by greed and play god Continue reading “Writing Takeaways From the ‘There Will Be Blood’ Script PDF”

The’ Toy Story 4′ Trailer Takes on Imagination


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Nostalgia for your toys is a powerful thing, but never underestimate the imagination of a child.


I think we can all agree that the first three Toy Story films are about as perfect of a trilogy as you can get. They bring emotion, aging, and maturation to whole new levels. I was left with a sense of closure when Toy Story 3 ended, so I’ve remained skeptical when it comes to the fourth installment.



Now, the first trailer has been released, and I’m excited by how interesting and exciting the idea Continue reading “The’ Toy Story 4′ Trailer Takes on Imagination”

What is an Anti Villain (with Examples and Definition)


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The villain’s job is to get in the way of the protagonist and to keep them from their goals. But what happens when the villain has its mission, and it’s not that evil? That’s the anti-villain.


With studios spending more and more money on tentpole films, we’re in the golden age of villains. It seems like every comic book or Star Wars movie is vying to have a memorable villain that not only terrifies audiences but takes place in the pop culture lexicon. But general evilness doesn’t make for a good story. Your characters need Continue reading “What is an Anti Villain (with Examples and Definition)”

David Simon Weighs In On The Agency v. Writer Debate


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A year ago, WGA leadership held a series of general meetings to discuss pulling out of the agency agreement, and on April 6th of 2019, the writers will vote on whether or not to change the face of Hollywood forever.


If you’ve been following the ATA v. WGA you know that things are coming to a head. On March 27th, the members of the WGA will vote on whether or not to hold the ATA to the code of conduct presented to them in regards to packaging. There have been many voices on both sides, Continue reading “David Simon Weighs In On The Agency v. Writer Debate”

‘Game of Thrones’ Episode Runtimes Confirmed


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Our last days in Westeros will have an extended runtime.


Okay nerds, let’s start overanalyzing what’s happening in each episode of GoT now that we know the runtimes!



HBO confirmed the debut dates and estimated running times for the final six episodes of the series. Season 8 launches on Sunday, April 14, the running time will be 54 minutes, the shortest of the episodes, with the next-shortest coming in at 58 minutes the following week. There was a lot of speculation that each episode would be a mini-movie, but this seems Continue reading “‘Game of Thrones’ Episode Runtimes Confirmed”

What is The Long Night and How Will it Affect ‘Game of Thrones’ Now?


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So much of Game of Thrones is about history, but one historical battle has a ton of weight on this season’s story.


I think we can all agree that Game of Thrones is one of the most intricate televisions shows to ever be on the air. The first six seasons had the books to draw on, but season seven was the first time the writers were left on their own to craft the story. While some people griped about the awkward time frames and character motivations, I think a lot of the pace of the Continue reading “What is The Long Night and How Will it Affect ‘Game of Thrones’ Now?”

Taika Waititi on Being Hilarious as a Person and a Writer


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Taika Waititi wants you to conquer imposter syndrome, one page at a time.


One thing I think we all have battled from time to time is imposter syndrome. It can strike anyone but gets to people trying to break into the industry. Lots of time, you want to be a good enough writer or director to break in, but you also want to be welcomed and to belong. We even heard Taika talk about that at SXSW this year.



There’s a fine line to walk when it comes to confidence, and Continue reading “Taika Waititi on Being Hilarious as a Person and a Writer”

Ray Romano Reveals how to Construct a Joke


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The inspiration for laughs and comedy can come from anywhere, but turning that inspiration into a solid joke take work and structure.


Ray Romano has made some incredible decisions since leaving his longstanding sitcom. He’s a tour-de-force in the Netflix movie, Paddelton, and I have a soft spot for his TNT drama, Men of a Certain Age. Now, he joins the Off Camera Show to talk about his process.



As you may know, most jokes have a bit of truth in them. Romano takes you through the entire process from Continue reading “Ray Romano Reveals how to Construct a Joke”

How to Write Character Development [FREE Worksheet]


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There are lots of terms thrown around when you try to write a character in a screenplay. But what sets character development apart from the pack and why is it crucial to your story?


We’ve all sat down to watch our favorite TV show or movie series and enjoyed how the characters progress over time. While these arcs are confined to different time frames or throughout multiple episodes, the core of a character is within their development. Character development is the foundation of every great and memorable character, and it’s something you have to master Continue reading “How to Write Character Development [FREE Worksheet]”

Omar’s Coming: Why Your Character Needs A Code


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You go to the trouble to name them, give them actions, and maybe even death. But what does your character believe in?


When it comes to crafting characters, there’s so much necessary thought and care. From writing the best character description to giving the best character arc, the burden is on the screenwriter to communicate who this person is to the audience, and to give the actor thoughts and motivations to make these people come alive.



Today, I want to talk about coming at character creation from another angle; their creed. Continue reading “Omar’s Coming: Why Your Character Needs A Code”