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balanced intellectualism, screenwriting, screenwriting tips, storytelling, Taylor Sheridan, THE DEPARTED, William Monahan -

William Monahan bust onto the scene as a screenwriter in the mid 2000s, writing KINGDOM OF HEAVEN for Ridley Scott and then winning the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Martin Scorsese’s THE DEPARTED. He has since written the Mel Gibson film EDGE OF DARKNESS, The Leonardo DiCaprio film BODY OF LIES, LONDON BOULEVARD with Colin Farrell, and THE GAMBLER with Mark Wahlberg. How did he get there? As with other screenwriters in this series of articles, Monahan would probably contest the notion that he suddenly appeared on the scene in the mid 2000s. In fact, his experience as a...

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Breaking the rules, dig deep on character, HELL OR HIGH WATER, Jeff Bridges, Jeremy Renner, SICARIO, simple plots, Taylor Sheridan, YELLOWSTONE -

Taylor Sheridan has rapidly become a top-notch screenwriter and now director as well. His films include SICARIO, SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO, HELL OR HIGH WATER, and WIND RIVER. He now also does a TV series, YELLOWSTONE. How did he get there?  To start with, Sheridan would likely disagree with the use of the word “rapidly.” Born in 1970 (Taylor is 49) Sheridan began his career as an actor. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sheridan reflected on how his experience as an actor has informed his writing. He specifically avoids exposition because he had to say so much...

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