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Headline News Water for Elephants Scribe to Pen Zamperini Feature

Richard LaGravenese, who adapted Sara Gruen's WATER FOR ELEPHANTS into a screenplay, has been hired by Universal to adapt Laura Hillenbrand's UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION, reports Deadline.com.

Blogs Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum (podcast) x 22

Special Guests: Michael Markman / Sheila Sofian & David Fain

The sounds of chewing, the sounds of music, the sounds of talking. Episode 22 of the Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum. Featuring: Joel, Alan, Sam Olschan, Computer, Guests, Alan's Cat, Beef Jerky, Sinatra, Elvis, Plucky Duck, Animated Documentaries, and Ricky Gervais. Enjoy.

Headline News Kung Fu Panda Writers to Play in Candy Land

Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, the writers of the KUNG FU PANDA films, are set to write Universal's CANDY LAND adaptation, reports Heat Vision. Kevin Lima (ENCHANTED) will direct with Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir producing. Christopher Chase is the exec producer.

The story follows the search for the missing king of Candy Land. The board game includes such characters as Princess Frostine, Gramma Nutt and bad guy Lord Licorice.

Blogs Software Review: Final Draft 8

In my previous post, How to Turn Microsoft Word into a Terrific Screenwriting Program, I explained how to use Word’s “styles” to automatically create script formatting.  I received a blog comment from Ben Cahan, the creator and co-founder of Final Draft, who pointed out that a true screenwriting program was more than just “margins and capitalized slug lines and character names”.  Ben makes a good point.  Whereas Word allows you to easily and automatically format basic script elements such as slug line, action, character name, parenthetical, dialog and transitions, that’s about all it can do.  Final Draft, in contrast, does those things and much more.

Blogs Publishing a Book is Now So Easy Even a Writer Can Do It!

The book publishing industry, like the newspaper biz, is on a glide path to oblivion.  It's just too easy and cheap to download a book to your computer, iPad, Kindle or smartphone.

And that was last year!

Now it takes less time to publish your own book than it does to write a publisher query letter, let alone send it out and wait for the rejection letters.

Blogs How to Prosper in Toon Town — An Excerpt from "How to Write for Animation"

Before you run off half-cocked with that shiny new animated six-shooter of yours, here are a few pieces of advice that will help you live long and prosper in this business. It would be foolish to think you could become a good animation writer without first understanding a little bit about creativity, especially considering cartoon writing is one of the most creative forms of writing there is. Fortunately, creativity is not as ethereal as some might lead you to believe.

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