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“Don’t draw the line at good enough” – My new interview with Creative Screenwriting.com

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“Don’t draw the line at good enough” – My new interview with Creative Screenwriting.com

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Excited to share my newest Interview with Ann Baldwin for MovieMaker.com

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Excited to share my newest Interview with Ann Baldwin for MovieMaker.com

Million-Dollar Advice: Screenwriter Diane Drake on Strengthening Loglines, Finding “Seed Scenes” and More By Ann Baldwin on November 14, 2016 14 Diane Drake is one of just four female screenwriters with sole credit who have earned $1 million or more for their screenplays in the United States.   Her first produced script, Only You, sold for $1 million and starred Robert Downey, Jr. and Marisa Tomei, while her second, What Women Want, is the second-highest grossing romantic comedy of all time with Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. Both films have recently been remade in China. Drake is currently...

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QUENTIN LOVES GIRLS

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QUENTIN LOVES GIRLS

Let’s get something straight right off the bat: I don’t like violent movies, especially violent movies for which the violence is pretty much the movie’s only raison d’etre and the stock plot is simply an excuse to carry it. It’s not so much a moral issue with me, though I’ll admit I do tend to side with those who believe that while onscreen depictions of mayhem may not exactly lead to actual mayhem, they do collectively desensitize us to it.  But larger societal implications aside, for my own selfish movie-going and entertainment-dollar purposes, it’s just that extremely violent movies...

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Building Character(s) – 5 Tips for Creating a Lead Character Your Audience Will Really Care About

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Building Character(s) – 5 Tips for Creating a Lead Character Your Audience Will Really Care About

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through the experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.” ~ Helen Keller     From a certain angle, a writer’s job can be boiled down to three simple words: “Make me care”. Consequently, a note screenwriters often get is that they need to make their lead more “sympathetic”, more “likable”. Reasonable enough in theory, but how exactly? It’s a little vague, like telling a chef to make a meal more tasty. But, as with cooking, if you break it down, I believe...

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“I Wish I’d Written That” – Writers Guild Foundation Evening – May 23

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“I Wish I’d Written That” – Writers Guild Foundation Evening – May 23

The Writers Guild Foundation and the Humanitas Organization, (a wonderful group – more on them here), are co-sponsoring what sounds like a terrific panel called “I Wish I’d Written That – What Makes a Great Movie” featuring writers Stephen Gaghan, Lowell Ganz, Nicholas Meyer, Paris Qualles, David Seidler and moderated by Robin Swicord. General admission is $20, $15 for WGA members and a mere $10 for students. If you’re anywhere near LA, you owe it to your writing self to take advantage of these opportunities to learn from and be inspired by some of the...

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My Interview on Screenplay Design for “Women and Hollywood”

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My Interview on Screenplay Design for “Women and Hollywood”

I recently had the pleasure of doing another interview, this one on screenplay design, with the fab Ann Baldwin and it’s now up on a terrific site called “Women and Hollywood” run by Melissa Silverstein. In it, I cover what I consider some of the structural essentials to consider when mapping out a screenplay, as well as some useful tools and examples. Hope you enjoy! Diane Drake is a professional screenwriter, creative consultant, and screenwriting instructor with the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program. Her produced original screenplays include Only You, starring Marisa...

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