In 25 Years: What I've Learned about Screenwriting and being a Screenwriter

July 17th, 2019

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I’ve been a writer for twenty-five years now and I can safely say that I’ve learned a few things over that time about myself and writing.  I’ve been a screenwriter, non-fiction writer (masters in history and published), columnist, and teacher during this time.  I’ve sold, optioned and been hired to do adaptations and rewrites.  I truly always believed I could get a movie made but that was more blind stupidity than reality.  Remember that life comes down to a simple equation...

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Screenwriting - Third Act Tips - The Final Payoff

July 15th, 2019

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The Third Act is your race to the finish line. Everything has been setup and the final payoff(s) are coming in.  Remember, your Third Act is buried in your First Act. You’ve already raised a question about your Protagonist, placed a significant obstacle (the first of many) in his or her way, and you’ve setup something that has to be resolved. 

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"Trample the Weak ... Hurdle the Dead" Age Old Screenwriting Advice from an Aged Old Screenwriter

July 15th, 2019

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I've been at this a while -- writing screenplays for three decades and still charging forward.  In the course of that time I've had a very up and down career with more downs than I care to remember... But I remember them all!  I've been hired and fired. Bought and sold. Celebrated and berated. Admired and mired.  I've seen it all, done it all (maybe, maybe not) made all the mistakes, and sometimes more than once.  I've been produced. Nothing you have probably seen. And I have felt like produce.

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Screenwriting News

July 15th, 2019

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‘The Farewell’s Lulu Wang Sets Next Movie, Sci-Fi Pic ‘Children Of The New World’; WGA West Reports Record Film And TV Earnings; Residuals Also Hit New High; Red Crown Acquires Screenplay ‘Queen’ Based On Article From Trans Activist Corey Rae; and more...

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How WARM BEER turned into an EL CAMINO CHRISTMAS and got Christopher Wehner his first Movie Deal

A twenty-two year in the making success story

May 8th, 2017

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Twenty-two years ago Christopher Wehner wrote his first screenplay.   Like most writers he dreamed of seeing his work make it to the big screen.  After many struggles, rejections, and disappointments he is on the verge of his dream.   When you go to his IMDB page it shows EL CAMINO CHRISTMAS as his sole writing credit.   From that perspective you might considered him an overnight success; only its been a twenty-two year in the making one.   And like almost all of these kinds of success stories it took chance encounters, some luck, and a lot of perseverance. 

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Interview with Screenwriter Mark Bomback

Screenwriter's Monthly April 2004

January 4th, 2015

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Godsend stars Greg Kinnear and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos as grieving parents who get the chance to have their son back thanks to a doctor doing secret fertility research (Robert De Niro). He clones their dead son into a new fetus that she can carry to term. Eight years later, the boy grows up to be the same as he was before, only now he’s having murderous visions, speaking in weird voices and generally disrespecting grown-ups. It is Mark Bomback’s first produced script since 1998’s The Night Caller, though he hasn’t had any shortage of work. He worked on Constantine and is writing a draft of Die Hard 4, as well as plenty of paying, though less visible, rewrite and development work.

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Interview Archive: Jeff Nathanson talks CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

This interview appeared in our March, 2003 issue of Screenwriter's Monthly Magazine

December 22nd, 2014

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Jeff Nathanson is shy. When he comes into an interview, he leans all the way back to put as much distance as possible between himself and the interview. He also prefaces each response with a deep breath. Perhaps the critical lashing he took from Speed 2 made him cautious. Even the successful Rush Hour 2 was no critics’ darling. However, Nathanson has reason to be proud now as Catch Me If You Can lingered at the top of the holiday box office and earned various award nominations. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale, a real life con artist who traveled the world, forged checks and impersonated pilots, doctors and lawyers.

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Confessions of a "Sometimes" Procrastinating Screenwriter

November 20th, 2014

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First let me stop writing the script I am currently working on so I can pound out this short editorial. Though I should say allow me to stop bleeding at the keyboard as I struggle with the current scene I am writing. I have to admit that I am my own worst enemy as a writer.  I procrastinate, often, and it can sometimes be so debilitating that I never finish some screenplays. Why?

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Seven Lessons from Bob Nelson's NEBRASKA Screenplay

March 16th, 2014

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The Oscar nominated movie NEBRASKA, with an award winning screenplay by Bob Nelson, is in my opinion one of the better scripts recently produced for screenwriters to learn a little something about the craft. Why? It’s the epitome of efficient and dramatic storytelling. The script is pithy, direct, yet it has depth and emotion (theme) that is so subtle in its presentation. 

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