Shot Lister Creator Launches Script Speaker

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) As a script analyst in my early days, it always seemed that the pile of scripts I had to read and do coverage on would never, ever, get smaller. Such is the life of script development. But the creator of Shot Lister has created a way to wade through a sea of scripts, … [Read more...]

HartChart Could Change How You Write Screenplays

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Chances are,  if you're into screenwriting, you come down in one of two categories: The stream of consciousness writer jots down the story in treatment or outline form, then refines it before going to script. Or the organized writer, who lays out 3 x 5 cards to get … [Read more...]

Get up to a $20,000 Production Fund Grant For Your Short Film

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Making a film is challenging, exciting, frustrating, and incredibly rewarding. It is also a risky and expensive investment, so money will always be a bit of an issue, however. While a lot of films are either financed by finding investors or out of the filmmaker's … [Read more...]

Adi Shankar & ScreenCraft’s Bootleg Universe Short Script Contest

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Remember the recent dark and violent Power/Rangers Unauthorized fan film? It not only helped nudge Saban and Fox to reboot the franchise with a new movie about our favorite teenage heroes, but showed us what was possible to do so with a child franchise all grown … [Read more...]

Final Draft 10 Arrives

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The 10th edition of Final Draft has arrived and it offers a ton of new features wrapped around collaboration through the cloud in real time. And for a limited time, you can get it for a killer discount. … [Read more...]

Sundance New Voices Lab Accepting Entries For YouTube Webseries

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) The Sundance Institute and YouTube have partnered to form the New Voices Lab, which will give ten participants a chance to develop their won projects. The program encourages "risk-taking, experimentation, and innovation" for a scripted short-form episodic series, … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Writing Act I

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) The first act of a standard three-act movie is used to introduce the audience to the story and the characters, in the most interesting way possible. The first 10 pages of a script, which equates to the first 10 minutes of the movie, are the most important. Why are … [Read more...]

Interview: Cam Winstanley, Author Of Noir Future Thriller B-spine

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) Cam Winstanley is the British author of B-spine, a crazy, futuristic and neo-noir thriller that is epic and definitely a dark tale of what the future could bring. The story is about is set in 2098, and is about 'the North American Union and biotechnology isn’t … [Read more...]

Final Draft Sold To Cast & Crew Entertainment Services

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By Jeremiah Hall (doddleNEWS) Final Draft Inc., maker of Final Draft screenwriting software, has been sold to Cast & Crew Entertainment Services. In an email to Final Draft users, Final Draft CEO, Chairman, and Co-Founder of Final Draft Inc., Marc Madnick said: "Today is an important day … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101 – Act II: The First 10 Pages

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In this new screenwriting tutorial, we dive into Act II By Del Harvey (doddleNEWS) In Act I, you introduced your audience to the characters, the inciting incident, and you’ve set up the locale (read our screenwriting articles on Act I here, here, and here, plus plot points). By now … [Read more...]

Warner Bros. Opens 2016 TV Director Workshop Submissions

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Heads up directors. The application process for the annual Warner Bros. Television Directors Workshop is now open. For those who want to compete for a chance to be in this 12-week program with WB TV's best and brightest, pay close attention: The deadline will be here … [Read more...]

Celtx Update: Screenwriting & Full-Fledged Production Management Suite

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When Blackmagic finally came out and said that DaVinci Resolve 12 was growing beyond color grading, and into a post studio suite with non linear editing capability, we got excited. Now it seems that outgrowing your original software design becoming contagious, … [Read more...]

Amazon Announces Cloud-Based Screenwriting App

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When you want to build a cache of original content for your Prime members to enjoy, you can go the traditional Hollywood method, or you can go see what else is out there and help them grow into the role. That's what Amazon Studios has been doing, working to make it … [Read more...]

MUSE Storytelling Course Returns With New Features

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) A few months back, Stillmotion announced MUSE, an intensive online course in story telling that promised to help filmmakers craft a better story arc that goes beyond the visual image, delving deeper into character and conflict. The original pilot program had limited … [Read more...]

Gravity Author Undeterred By Court Ruling On Lawsuit, Warning It Affects Every Writer

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Alleges Warner Brothers Violated Contract Provisions of Credit By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When the movie Gravity came out, my thought after seeing it was, hey, bad space opera is still space opera. In other words, when even Scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson can see the plot holes in a story, you … [Read more...]

MUSE Helps You Tell A Better Story

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MUSE offers step by step process, promising stronger arcs By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) While we're relatively obsessed with the moving image here at doddleNEWS, the story still is king. If you don't have a compelling story, then all you end up with is a 2-hour Michael Bay-centric journey into … [Read more...]