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Top 5 Marvel Movies

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNews) Captain America: The Winter Soldier is only the latest in a string of movies located in the Marvel Universe of characters, from Marvel Studios (The Avengers, etc.), and studios Fox (X-Men, Fantastic Four) and Sony (Spider-Man). In addition to Spidey, and other … [Read more...]

Screenwriting Software 2014

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Screenwriting today isn’t nearly as difficult as it was 20 years ago. Writers no longer have to know the intricacies of screenwriting format because there are computer programs that take care of that for you. The art of screenwriting hasn’t changed much since the days of silent films, so there … [Read more...]

Screenplay Contests 2014

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By Brock Cooper (DoddleNews) Everyone knows that busting into the entertainment industry isn’t easy. The key to success as a screenwriter is getting your script in front of the right people. You need producers, agents, etc. to take a look at your script and unless you’ve got some industry … [Read more...]

Top 5 Space Operas

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By Brock Cooper (DoddleNews) Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is set to become one of the biggest space opera since Luke took on his daddy issues. When a person thinks of an opera, they generally imagine gargantuan men and women in Viking helmets singing at the top of their lungs in a language … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Protecting Your Screenplay

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By Brock Cooper (DoddleNews) There is nothing more exhilarating than finishing that polished screenplay and getting it out there for people to read, and hopefully make into a movie. While there are plenty of honest people in Hollywood, there are just as many people ready to steal your screenplay … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Creating A Treatment

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNews) So, you’ve talked to the producer and he loves your pitch. You’re floating on clouds, and he turns to you and asks for your script treatment. Umm…what? A treatment is a short summary of your script that the producer, or whoever you are talking to, can use to get … [Read more...]

Pitch Perfect – The Art of Pitching Your Screenplay

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) The key to getting your screenplay on the silver or small screen is making sure the right people see it. Agents and studios receive hundreds, if not thousands, of scripts and only a small handful actually get read. The writers that do know the art of … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101 – Dealing With Rejection

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By Brock Cooper (DoddleNEWS) Anyone that has anything to do with writing, whether it be stories or screenplays, will tell you that rejection is all part of the business. When someone tells you that your screenplay or pitch isn’t good enough, especially through a form letter, it can … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101 – The Dynamic Protagonist

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By Brock Cooper (DoddleNews) When was the last time you watched a movie and thought, “Wow, that was an awesome hero?” You probably remember the bad guy far more than the good guy, am I right? Who do you remember most from Silence of the Lambs, Clarice Starling or Doctor Lecter. While the … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101 – Clean Up Your Act: The Key To A Good Middle

The second act can be the most difficult for a screenwriter to perfect.

By Brock Cooper (DoddleNews) When was the last time you watched a movie which had a great beginning and amazing ending, but lagged in the middle? That middle is Act 2 and for many writers is the hardest area to master. A screenplay is all about pacing and going too fast or too slow can ruin … [Read more...]

Top 5 Big Budget Bombs

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Jack The Giant Slayer underwhelmed at the box office, but Oz: The Great and Powerful is a hit. Big-budget blockbusters are always a gamble. High-end visual effects and big stars should almost be a guarantee for good money, but when you're talking budgets in the hundreds … [Read more...]

The Craigslist Screenwriter

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNews) It's not easy breaking into professional screenwriting. If you're located in Los Angeles, then you've got a step up on everyone else, but even there the only people who outnumber screenwriters are people who think they are screenwriters.  As a freelance writer, I … [Read more...]

Has The Acting Stigma Left Television?

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) There was a time, and it wasn't that long ago, that film actors would never consider doing television. Film and television actors lived in two different circles and never the twain shall meet, but that tide seems to be changing as the line between film and television … [Read more...]

The Time Of Teeny Bopper Horror

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) I think we can all thank Edward Cullen and Bella Swan for the current and foreseeable future glut of young adult horror and fantasy movies on the horizon. Apparently gone are the days of blood filled gorefests as studios roll out angst ridden PG-13 movies aimed at … [Read more...]

Typecasting For Screenwriters

Typecasting for screenwriters isn't necessarily a bad thing.

By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Actors have long worried that certain characters or film genres would limit their ability to get different parts. Typecasting can be a boon for some actors and a nightmare for others, but it can also be the same with screenwriters. I admit that when it comes to my … [Read more...]

Do We Really A Top Gun 3D Re-release?

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) This past week, Top Gun was released in theaters in 3D, and while it stands out as definitely one of the best movies of the 1980s, I can't help but think to myself “Why is it back in theaters?” 3D is great technology. It was great in the 1950's and who can forget … [Read more...]

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