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Story Talk: Playwrights Have It Better Than Screenwriters—or Do They?

We’ve all heard the laments: why are playwrights more respected than screenwriters; why do playwrights retain copyright and screenwriters don’t; why do screenwriters get treated like dirt  and playwrights like gods; why can’t you change a single word of a playwright’s work, but it’s okay to completely rewrite a screenwriter’s script? The fact is,...

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Story Talk: The Greatest Screenwriting Secret You Will Ever Learn

When I first began writing in the screen trade, in what now feels like 200 B.C., I thought my job was pretty much done after I wrote and finalized my submission draft. Screenplay edited, polished, vetted by my trusted supporters, and ready for the cold, hard world of the screenplay spec market. Well, it...

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Scoggins Report: April 2012 Pitch Sales Roundup

The Scoggins Report is a compilation of sales and trends in the industry. The Report is reprinted at ScriptMag.com by permission of the authors. The Scoggins Report by Jason Scoggins & Cindy Kaplan April 30, 2012 April 2012 Pitch Sales Roundup Before we start, a quick Scoggins & Kaplan update:  We’re pleased to report that we...

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Podcast: Writer-Director Tate Taylor on The Help

Through his childhood friendship with author Kathryn Stockett, Tate Taylor saw The Help long before the rest of the world made it a New York Times best-seller. He didn't know then that the film he imagined as a grassroots indie would become a major release, backed by the muscle of Disney distribution, opening on...