Jeffrey York

Jeff York is an optioned screenwriter, film critic, illustrator, and ad man. He’s also a member of the Chicago Indie Critics, SAG-AFTRA, and a cat lover.

Calling All Writers: Monsters Wanted

Calling All Writers: Monsters Wanted

Do most filmmakers consider it too gauche to center a film around a monster these days?

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Why Do So Many Sequels Suck?

Why Do So Many Sequels Suck?

When the lights go down in the theater, I’m always hopeful that a sequel will rise to the challenge of making more out of its task than just being a quick money-grab.

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The Sitcom for Our Times? Sorry, Ted Lasso, it’s Seinfeld

The Sitcom for Our Times? Sorry, Ted Lasso, it’s Seinfeld

Who’d have thought that Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, the creators of Seinfeld in 1989, would create a series that would come to foreshadow all the worst impulses and instincts evident in “the American experiment” in 2021?

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30 is the New 60

30 is the New 60

As people get more of their news and information in shorter bursts, 30-minute series, be they comedies, dramas, or limited series, are becoming the rage.

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After Conquering Hollywood, Gary Goldstein Had a Novel Idea

After Conquering Hollywood, Gary Goldstein Had a Novel Idea

“As an author [of a book], you have to be the camera. A script gets interpreted, but in a book, the words have to do all the work.”

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Beware the Temptations of Tinsel Town

Beware the Temptations of Tinsel Town

Arguably, if the work isn’t its own reward, you’ve not chosen your career wisely, no matter what the profession.

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Women Kicking Ass on Screen: Fierce or All Too Familiar?

Women Kicking Ass on Screen: Fierce or All Too Familiar?

For all the talk in Hollywood given to seeking out vital roles for women, the woman warrior has become every bit an egregious cliché as the hooker with a heart of gold was for half a century on film.

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What Writers Can Learn from Movie Musicals for a Song

What Writers Can Learn from Movie Musicals for a Song

If a screenwriter thinks that there’s little to learn from the niche because they’re writing a horror film or a thriller, they’re (ahem) way off-key.

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The Limited Series Isn't Just Having a Moment

The Limited Series Isn't Just Having a Moment

The limited series really must be considered long-from filmmaking, a brilliant hybrid of the best of the big and small screens.

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Is Science Fiction the Hardest Genre to Write Today?

Is Science Fiction the Hardest Genre to Write Today?

What happened to sci-fi? When did it become so predictable, so unvaried, so unimaginative?

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How Movies from 1985 Can Help You Write Better Scripts

How Movies from 1985 Can Help You Write Better Scripts

1985 gave us three such movies blending commerciality, narrative discipline, and daring—their scripts a marvel to behold.

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What Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim Can Teach Any Writer

What Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim Can Teach Any Writer

Being uncaged or unencumbered isn’t really freedom in writing, it’s absurdity.

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How Movies from 1976 Can Help You Write Better Scripts

How Movies from 1976 Can Help You Write Better Scripts

Being bad is a state of mind, and in the 1970s, being bad was very, very good.

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Lessons from an Ad Agency: Fear, Hope, and Fantasy in Genre Writing

Lessons from an Ad Agency: Fear, Hope, and Fantasy in Genre Writing

One of the worst pieces of advice ever given to a screenwriter has to be: “Write what you know.” The key is relatability. If you can relate, you can write.

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Lessons from an Ad Agency: Want to be the Next Aaron Sorkin? Start by Being Don Draper

Lessons from an Ad Agency: Want to be the Next Aaron Sorkin? Start by Being Don Draper

It’s all storytelling, be it a product or a film or a TV show. Combining art and business is a tale as old as time.

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