“The internet is a miraculous things. Just share as much as you can, self-publish, blog, podcast whatever you need to do. Just make sure you are not withholding your gifts from the world. Because you have so many opportunities now….We’re in a new frontier.” Diablo Cody Today marks the 12th anniversary of Screenwriting from Iowa […]

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“That’s the part that keeps people back the most—it’s like, ‘Well I don’t have an idea, so I can’t start.’ No, it’s like you only get the idea once you start. It’s this totally reverse thing. You have to act first before inspiration will hit. You don’t wait for inspiration and then act or you’re […]

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Thursday January 23 will be the 12th anniversary of my blog Screenwriting from Iowa … and Other Unlikely Places. I’ve written all of the more than 3,000 post since its inception. So today, Martin Luther Ling Jr Day seems like a fitting day to break that streak. Jack Trice was a football player at Iowa […]

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The good news is there are free college classes online from top intuitions like Yale, Harvard, MIT, and Stanford. Here are a couple of screen grabs from my phone of some of the courses available at iTunesU. (Though the future doesn’t look bright for iTunesU, free online education appears to be flourishing in other places.) […]

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“On January 1, 2020, works from 1924 will enter the US public domain, where they will be free for all to use and build upon, without permission or fee.” Jennifer Jenkins Public Domain Day 2020 from Duke University Center for the Study of Public Domain Thanks to a Facebook post by Ted Hope of the […]

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If you want to get caught up on world cinema, contemporary indie films, tap into some of the Criterion Collection, documentaries, and/or educational videos—all for free–then check out Kanopy.com, which hopefully you can tap into through your college/university or public library. (Availability and selection of movies depends on your library/school.) Here’s a wide assortment of […]

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Here are links to the 2020 Oscarnominated screenplays (except Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood which I haven’t found yet). ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY 1917 by Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns Knives Out by Rian Johnson Marriage Story by Noah Baumback Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood by Quentin Tarantino Parasite by Bong Joon Ho and Han […]

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Both the feature film Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood and the HBO/SKY TV program Chernobyl won some Golden Globe awards earlier this week including Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy  (OUATIH) and Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Chernobyl). I was a cheerleader for both of those productions—and won’t […]

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As a music engineer and record producer Jimmy Iovine has worked with a Who’s Who in the music industry— John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Stevie Nicks, and Tom Petty. He also co-produced the movie 8 Mile, co-founded the company Beats with Dr. Dre., and was hired by Steve Jobs to help create Apple Music. […]

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“There’s a freedom of limitations. . . . One of my favorite films that I did with Quentin was called Four Rooms where they said, we’re all doing short films and we all have the same criteria; it has to be set in one room, has to be New Year’s Eve, and you have to […]

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