Screenwriting 101: How to Write Compelling Crime

The crime genre unites the tragic and the absurd like little else. Before focusing on fictional mayhem, I was a crime journalist for 10 years. I covered a rail-riding serial killer who clubbed people to death in three states, a…

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The Great Screenwriters – Part 12: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Such was the contribution of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala to Merchant-Ivory movies that the most famous double barrel in cinema history really should have been a treblebarrel; “Merchant-Ivory-Prawer Jhabvala”, while more of a mouthful than plain old “Merchant-Ivory”, would have been more…

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The Worst Thing About Hollywood

Sometimes producers working with writers-for-hire, that is, writers fulfilling a commissioned assignment, ask them to try out ideas that even they, the producers themselves, deem to be stupid. Why would anyone offer an idea he believes to be lame?…

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