Category Archives: Writing Insights

KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE! – Writing Tips

“By guest author Calix Lewis Reneau, writer/director of www.childthemovie.com and producer and creative of features, television, print, music, and new media.” You’ve probably heard the writing advice to “murder your darlings.” This means to be ruthless in deleting clever writing that doesn’t serve the greater purpose of your work. I’ve learned that a writer must

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FIRST LOOK: BRIGHT Review

Critics and audiences are continually growing apart when it comes to film, and that divide has been very apparent with the reaction to BRIGHT’s release via Netflix. Here’s Jamie White’s BRIGHT Review. OK, so this is not the best film ever made. The story was lacking in places, the foreshadowing of certain plot points is

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INSIGHTS: How people will be different in the future – a writer’s guide…

In Ian’s previous articles, we’ve seen how technologies of the future (and present!) can quickly invalidate our future-writing efforts. But the easiest thing for writers to misjudge is how people themselves will be different, within the future worlds we create. We may be very happy to accept any implausible or kitsch elements in your future-writing

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WriteMovies’ Top Christmas Films

You’ve unwrapped all your presents, you’re stuffed from that incredible Christmas meal, and, maybe got yourself a bit tipsy. Now all that’s left is to watch a film… and maybe fall asleep to it. But what do you choose? A modern classic? Or a family-friendly comedy? Well, here are our top Christmas films… John picks

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FIRST LOOK: Molly’s Game Review (2017)

FIRST LOOK: Molly’s Game Review (2017) View the Molly’s Game film trailer from the  FRESH Movie Trailers YouTube channel here. Article by guest author Jonathan Wiggins. Prolific writer Aaron Sorkin has built his career on finding intensely creative ways to explore the fascinating and complicated stories of real-life contemporary figures. He’s done this with The Social

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INSIGHTS: Writing The Near Future (And The Futuristic Present Day)!

In previous articles, we’ve seen how even visionary pictures of the distant future can look outdated within a generation. But writing the near future is actually far riskier, as this article will explore… So, for every fine sci-fi story that gets caught on the wrong side of the future, there are much worse movies and

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INSIGHTS: Nothing dates faster than the future, part 2 – How to get the details right in your sci-fi script

ALIENS fired imaginations in 1986, and remains a touchstone for screenwriting. So why does it look a bit dated now, and what lessons does that reveal for writers today? Ian Kennedy looks at how to get the details right in your sci-fi script.   So really, as we saw in my last article, most sci-fi

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