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Screenwriting 101: The Plot Points

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Depending on who you ask, a screenplay can have anywhere from two to five plot points. You’d think such an easy concept would allow for a definitive number, but some consider the climax a plot point, others the midpoint, and even a few 'crazies' think the inciting … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101 – Act I: The Third 10 Pages

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In this latest Screenwriting 101 article, we take a look at the final 10 pages in Act I By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) We’ve gone over the first 20 pages (read about the first 10 pages here, the second 10 pages here) in Act I, and now it’s time to wrap up Act I and introduce the pivotal … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Act I – The Second 10 Pages

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) We examined writing the first 10 pages, and know the impact it has on the screenplay. It’s the introduction and now we are going to delve a little deeper with the next pages. While the first 10 pages and the last 10 pages of Act One get all the press, the middle 10 … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Act I – The First 10 Pages

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNews) The first act of a standard three-act movie is used to introduce the audience to the story and the characters, in the most interesting way possible. The first 10 pages of a script, which equates to the first 10 minutes of the movie, are the most important. Why are … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Writer’s Block – When You Just Can’t Think

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Writing is a very flow oriented process. When you get going, you can go for hours and hours without stopping. Your fingers dance frenzied across the keyboard, putting your soul onto paper for the world to eventually see on the big screen. Those are the good days. … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Creating Suspense and Tension

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Every screenplay, no matter the genre, needs some type of suspense to keep the viewer interested for the duration. Without suspense and tension, the film can drag on like a beached whale. Will they get there in time to save the girl? It’s that moment when they grab … [Read more...]

Top 5 Horrible Bosses

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) We’ve all had them, and odds are you’ve wanted to do something awful to their desk more than once. Horrible bosses are a part of being a working person. Power corrupts, and soon even nice people can become total dbags when given the mantle of manager or boss. … [Read more...]

Top 5 Talking Animals

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) People have been fascinated by the concept of talking animals for decades. Animals have been revered as god,s and are the subject of more YouTube videos than should be legal. This past weekend, Penguins of Madagascar made its debut, featuring a slew of talking … [Read more...]

Top 5 Thanksgiving TV Specials

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) It’s that time of year again when the leaves begin to change, and many around the world are grateful for the blessings in their lives. I’ve always thought Thanksgiving was the ultimate feel-good holiday, surpassing even Christmas cheer. There are no presents to … [Read more...]

Top 5 Benedict Cumberbatch Roles

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the big up and coming stars, first in Britain and now in the United States. His upcoming movie The Imitation Game may boost him up to Oscar potential, but while he is known for a few plume roles (“KHHHAAAAAANNNN!!!!!!!"), he has … [Read more...]

Director Mike Nichols – A Star That Shined Bright

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Every so often, the world if given a gift in the form a person with such diversity of talents, that they soar to heights few others have ever experienced. Mike Nichols was one of those rare people, and with his death, the world has lost one the brightest lights of … [Read more...]

The Science Of Interstellar: What They Got Wrong

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Interstellar has been heralded as one of the most scientifically accurate films in recent cinema history. While I did write an article about what it got right, it just as easy to write an article about what they got wrong. Science and entertainment can be linked, but … [Read more...]

The Science of Interstellar: What They Got Right

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) As we watch pollution fill our planet with bad air, bad water, and even bad soil, it’s not that much of an implausible that eventually an Interstellar-type situation might exist. The problem is that the nearest planets are light years away, and using current and … [Read more...]

Top 5 Space Disaster Movies

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Space has long been a source of mystery and inspiration for poets and scientists alike, so it was only a matter of time before our minds shifted to the dark and desolate recesses of this great unknown. Interstellar is all about how the human race brought about the end … [Read more...]

The Best Movie Scientists of All Time

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) As a former physicist, I’ve been well aware of the accomplishments of Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest scientists alive, since before he wrote “A Brief History of Time.” His life is a tragic, yet inspiring one, and well deserving of a biopic. “The … [Read more...]

Leaving An Earth Legacy: 5 Space Films, TV Shows That Showed Us How To Carry On

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By Brock Cooper (doddlNEWS) People have been talking about the end of the world for thousands of years. It has been described as a flood, a fireball, and in the last few decades, a nuclear or environmental fall-out. This week Interstellar hits the theaters, and hypothesizes about the lengths … [Read more...]

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