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'Sleepy Hollow' Co-Creator Phillip Iscove on the Evolution of a Hit Show

'Sleepy Hollow' Co-Creator Phillip Iscove on the Evolution of a Hit Show

Phillip Iscove, creator of hit TV series Sleepy Hollow, talks about his early days at film school in Toronto, working as an assistant at powerhouse agency UTA for eight years, and how Sleepy Hollow was not just his first sale: it also saved him from being kicked out of the country. Along the way he discusses the prevalence of genre stories on television, the challenges of working on such a large budget show, and what he looks for when hiring staff writers. 

Original author: Final Draft
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'Insurgent' Screenwriter Brian Duffield talks writing for the hit franchise

'Insurgent' Screenwriter Brian Duffield talks writing for the hit franchise

A native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Brian Duffield burst onto the screenwriting scene with his rom com spec 'Your Bridesmaid Is A Bitch', a Black List script that launched his career. Brian talks moving to Los Angeles after college, struggling to make himself known in Hollywood, and what it's like to write a script for a hit franchise.

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'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Writer/Director Dean DeBlois Discusses Animation

'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Writer/Director Dean DeBlois Discusses Animation

Dean DeBlois, writer/director of such animated classics as Lilo and Stitch and the How To Train Your Dragon series, talks about how he got his start in animation, how to approach fantasy/adventure screenplays, and what it's like to write for a dragon. - 

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Anthony McCarten talks ‘The Theory of Everything’

Anthony McCarten talks ‘The Theory of Everything’

Acclaimed novelist, playwright and screenwriter Anthony McCarten tells how it took him eight years to convince Stephen and Jane Hawking to give him the rights to their story, his "exaggerated desire" to express himself, and how "putting words into the mouth of the smartest guy on the planet" took an enormous leap of faith. - 

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‘Nightingale’ writer Frederick Mensch discusses the fast-paced ramp up into production

‘Nightingale’ writer Frederick Mensch discusses the fast-paced ramp up into production

Frederick Mensch, founder of the online screenwriting database MovieBytes, can now add working screenwriter to his resume. His uncompromising screenplay, 'Nightingale', was recently made into a movie by HBO, starring Golden-Globe nominee David Oyelowo. 'Nightingale' is the first movie to be made from a script uploaded to the Black List, and has launched Mensch’s career many years after he began writing. Mensch discusses his long journey from film school to Hollywood, how to write a film with one character and one location, and the importance of writing a “splashy role” that will attract a movie star to your project.

Original author: Final Draft
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