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5 Ways to Write Better Dialogue and Bring Characters to Life

Write better dialogue – it can make or break any work of fiction. A great idea, brought to life with fast-paced action and good characterization, can fall flat if the words your characters speak are not believable. Like any other aspect of fiction writing, it takes practice to write better dialogue, but there are ways to maximize your chances of bringing your characters to life through the words they speak. You can develop ways to write better dialogue by using these methods…
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The Hollywood Reporter Writers Roundtable 2013


“Hollywood Reporter Writers Roundtable” features Jonas Cuaron penned the action-heavy script for Gravity with his director father, Alfonso, Before Midnight’ co-writer Julie Delpy, Enough Said writer-director Nicole Holofcener, 12 Years a Slave’s John Ridley, Lee Daniels’ The Butler’s Danny Strong and The Monuments Men’s George Clooney and Grant Heslov discuss their craft with executive editor Matt Belloni and executive editor of features Stephen Galloway.
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The Clues to a Great Story with Andrew Stanton


“The Clues to a Great Story” features Oscar®-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (Toy Story, WALL-E, Monsters, Inc.) sharing what he knows about storytelling…starting at the end and working back to the beginning.

Stanton was educated at The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Los Angeles, where he studied character animation. Stanton began working as a writer on the TV series Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures (1987) after he graduated. In 1990, he became the second animator and ninth employee to join Pixar Animation Studios. Return to Thumbnail View.

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Who Was Leigh Brackett? A Screenwriter’s Life

Not everyone would think of Leigh Brackett as a household name. She was an American author and screenwriter, particularly of science fiction from the 1940’s through the 1970’s. Brackett became a screenwriter early and then returned to film later in life. Known for her work on such films as The Big Sleep (1945), Rio Bravo (1959), and later The Long Goodbye (1973) and Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980). She worked with many industry luminaries including Ray Bradbury, Howard Hawks, Robert Altman, William Faulkner and George Lucas.
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A Brief Look at Syd Field

Syd Field contributed much to screenwriting during his life, and his legacy will ensure that writers for years after his death will benefit from the incredible contributions he made. Field received his B.A. in English Literature at University of California, Berkeley in 1960 and is well-known for his story paradigm – his ideas on structure used as a guideline for screenplays.

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