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The reason that "12 Years a Slave" prevailed over all countervailing trends is that the Academy thinks about how they want to be represented to the world. It's not just what movie they like best. It's what movie they want to like best.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2014 1:55 PM
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How Screenwriter Terry Southern Prepared Me for a Career in Hollywood

Some people debate the value of film school. I’m not one of them.
  • By Nancy Nigrosh
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  • February 6, 2014 1:29 PM
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Academy's 2014 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting Competition Now Underway

The 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition is now underway. In November, as many as five $35,000 fellowships will be awarded.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 31, 2014 11:42 AM
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Sundance Picks 12 Projects for 2014 January Screenwriters Lab

It's a big deal to get chosen for the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab, which has long been run by Michelle Satter, who founded the Feature Film Program back in 1981. As usual, the immersive, five-day writers’ workshop takes place at the Sundance Resort in Utah in January (January 10-15, 2014), where 12 projects from Sundance's international screenwriting fellows, selected from the United States, Latin America, Europe, and China, will get support from veteran writers on their feature film scripts.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 17, 2013 2:29 PM
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Memo to Screenwriters #3: Being Solely Identified by Your Scripts Leads to Permanent Identity Crisis

Like so many others, Elmore Leonard, god bless him, praised writers for their “perseverance to just sit there alone and grind it out.” Of course writers might think he was only referring to writing, especially when coupled with his memetic 10th rule: “if it looks like writing, re-write it.” Taking this credo too literally is certain to drive writers even further into the ivory tower of the introvert. Justified, indeed.
  • By Nancy Nigrosh
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  • September 12, 2013 2:42 PM
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Memo to Screenwriters #2: Like E.L. James, You Can Change the Game

In the 1960s, Marshall McLuhan emphasized the value of message and the medium the message uses over its creator. This idea flies in the face of the modern era’s printed book as the ultimate expression of the writer, who toiled in glorified isolation as the big publishing house distributed it magically across the universe. McLuhan went on to predict a wireless world, where all messages are accessed instantly to and from a collective brain--what we now call mobile media.
  • By Nancy Nigrosh
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  • July 16, 2013 12:17 PM
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Memo to Screenwriters: Stop Acting Like It's 1999 -- DIY and Click 'Follow'

William Goldman got it wrong. The screenwriter’s gospel according to Goldman, “nobody knows anything,” may have been true once upon a time in an analog age, but in an era when screens are pages and stories are being delivered at an accelerated pace, entertainment is instant and constant. If anything, at this point, everybody knows a lot.
  • By Nancy Nigrosh
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  • June 14, 2013 1:00 PM
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A New Age of Original Content Needs Script Services: A Guide

Hollywood is allergic to taking risks on the unknown. But not every young adult franchise or fairy tale retelling can be as uber-successful around the world as "Twilight" ($392 million), "The Hunger Games" ($691 million) or "Oz: The Great and Powerful" ($426 million to date). This year's "Beautiful Creatures" grossed $57-million worldwide, and $200-million "Jack the Giant Slayer" mustered a miserable global $158 million.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 9, 2013 2:27 PM
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Sundance Institute and Black List Collaborating to Support New Screenwriters

The Sundance Institute and The Black List announce they will collaborate to source and support new screenwriters. This partnership will allow screenwriters to upload scripts to the Black List's site between now and April 15 and opt into consideration to receive a Black List referral...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 5, 2013 1:27 PM
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WGA Lists Greatest Screenplays, From 'Casablanca' and 'Godfather' to 'Memento' and 'Notorious'

The Writers Guild lists the 101 Greatest Screenplays. Among them are many familliar classics, like "Casablanca," "The Godfather," "Chinatown," "Citizen Cane" and "All About Eve," which comprise the top five.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 27, 2013 2:33 PM
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