Copyright and Copywrong

At the time of this writing the Robert Plant/Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin copyright infringement trial is underway regarding the origins of their mega-hit, iconic rock anthem Stairway to Heaven. (Full Disclosure: Rock buff that I am, I was never into the…

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The Great Screenwriters – Part 9: Ernest Lehman

Today Ernest Lehman is principally remembered as one of Alfred Hitchcock’s coterie of writers, with whom Hitchcock created a succession of classics in the 1950s, including Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958) and finally North by Northwest (1959), which Lehman himself wrote.…

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Review: Final Draft 10

Final Draft 10 embodies the old Hollywood mantra of “same, but different”. Final Draft 10 has many of the same features longtime users of the software will be familiar with - fixed formatting, character reports, statistical reports, auto-fill, and more…

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David Mamet’s Three Magic Questions

David Mamet’s book Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business contains a wonderful litmus test for every aspiring screenwriter.  Mamet, who has written or collaborated on more than 30 films (and directed a dozen of his…

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