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Ellen Dubin cast in new Sci-Fi series, Nobility

Congratulations to ScriptWrights actress Ellen Dubin! She’s cast, along with Star Trek’s Walter Koenig and Hellboy’s Doug Jones, in the new sci-fi series, Nobility. Described as a “Firefly meets The Office,” the dramedy shoots...

Theme; The DieHard Essential by Craig Sabin

Theme is the most overlooked and misunderstood aspect of screenwriting. Even development executives and directors often fail to grasp its significance. So why is it so important? One need go no further than the “DieHard” franchise. Theme, for our...

Short Subject by Joe Ochman

Last week I drove to Palm Springs to attend The Palm Springs International Short Film Festival. A film in which I was fortunate enough to appear was premiering there. The themed evening my film was a part of – Odd Couples – featured a wide assortment...

Ensemble, Multi-Perspective, Serialized Narratives Hit Network TV by Allison Kiessling

So, there’s been a lot of discussion about how the rise of asynchronous viewing (online or via DVR) and binge watching are opening up new narrative options for TV shows. Namely, you can now make a TV show heavily serialized without fear of losing...

Letting Your Characters Talk by Mark Paskell

INT. WRITING OFFICE – DAY Mark sits at the computer, polishing off another brilliant chunk of witty, Oscar©-worthy dialogue.                                                                       ...

THE TWO-WEEK CHALLENGE or What Does It Mean to Be a Working Writer? by Katherine Boutry

Does being a “working writer” mean getting paid for your words? Maybe, eventually. But Samuel Beckett, Edgar Allan Poe, and Jane Austen among many others hardly made a dime off their writing. Nabokov and Dickens and the Romantic Poets were ridiculously...

Think Like a Student by Ron Moscovitz

A couple of days ago, I got an email from an M.F.A. student at U.S.C. He’d seen a few things I’d posted online, and asked if he could buy me a cup of coffee and pick my brain. I said sure. What writer doesn’t like free coffee? So we...

ScriptWrights’ Debra Rogers Launches New Book

ScriptWrights member Debra Rogers is on a virtual book tour in support of He Did You a Favor, her humorous and hands-on guide to getting over and moving on after a break up. Her latest appearance: Rogers was interviewed by Brianna Soloski for Girl Seeks...

ScriptWrights Actresses On Stage & Screen

Hedy Burress appears in an upcoming episode of Shameless, the acclaimed Showtime series starring Emmy Award winner William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum and Joan Cusack. The series follows the struggles of the dysfunctional family of single dad Frank Gallagher,...

Notes: A Path Forward by Allison Kiessling

I’ve been in a lot of writers groups, but I’ve never experienced a note-giving process as intense as what we do at ScriptWrights. As note-givers, we listen to a section of script and are then immediately asked to give feedback. Thus, a process that...