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Award Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger will take YOUR pitches and help you reconstruct them! If you need to learn how to pitch and/or are currently pitching your script to producers, and it still hasn't sold, then join the call and you may be one of the lucky ones to get FREE advice on how to improve your delivery. Not only will Jacob give you a new perspective on pitching, he'll help your improve your everything about your particular pitch!
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Posted: Feb 3, 2016 Hosted By: Jeff York Guest: Kevin Rexroat

"Carol" says so much with pictures both beautiful and haunting.

 

"Carol", Todd Haynes' period piece nominated for six Oscars, could stand as a master class in smart screenwriting and visual storytelling. Starting with Phyllis Nagy's sly adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1952 novel "The Price of Salt", the movie always shows more than it tells, giving the audience credit for being intelligent enough to read between the lines of what's being said. Cate Blanchett plays the title character who starts a dangerous relationship with Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), a shy shop girl. The filmmakers ensure that their interactions are distinguished by glances, gestures and body language rather than any on-the-nose dialogue. This works perfectly for the time as forbidden forms of love were not talked about then, and those entering into such a world had to keep things secret. Thus, the film brilliantly presents Carol and Therese stepping very carefully into their affair, and Haynes uses all of the tools in his arsenal to complement Nagy's deft writing.

 

The exquisite cinematography, detailed period décor, memorable costumes, and wistful score not only enhance the love story, but at times help fuel the film's exquisite tension as well. Dark shadows fill scenes with dread, drab rooms hobble Carol and Therese's road trip journey of self discovery, and dangerous men lurk in the corners of many of the film's compositions. Most significantly, Haynes dots his drama with the color red, as it is a metaphor for the two women's passions trying to rise above the rejection of a close-minded society. If love is a game, then "Carol" plays like a chess match with its two main characters carefully negotiating their every move.

Posted: Jan 30, 2016 Hosted By: Max Timm Guest: Giacomo della Quercia

Historical fiction will always be a challenge for writers since your audience walks into your story with expectations sometimes centuries in the making. Most, if not all, of your characters may have died years ago, some of them so famously that your audience already has opinions on how they looked, acted, and spoke. I spoke with Giacomo della Quercia about this very issue, among many other strictly dialogue-related challenges. It's the first live podcast that we've have hosted where we focus primarily on dialogue and how best to deliver the words on the page.

 

We packed this hour and a half with answers to questions such as, How do you live up to the expectations of writing for historical or famous characters while also being true to yourself as a writer? And what can a writer do to research such historical figures in order to remain accurate?

 

We tackled these questions, plus many more, with the writer, educator, and historian. Della Quercia is a scholar for the New York Council for the Humanities and a novelist for St. Martin's Press. His novels have been praised by museums, historians, and literary critics for his profound use of history. And his Cracked.com articles are also among the most widely-read on the Internet. He was an impressive guest to have on and his insights on dialogue and research are priceless.

 

You should check out Giacomo and his newly released book, "License To Quill" - a James Bond-esque spy thriller starring William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlow during history's real-life, Guy Fawkes Gunpowder Plot. You can find what Kirkus calls, "An erudite tour de force" at all major booksellers and, as always, you can find our Curious About Screenwriting podcast on iTunes or through our website via the Resources section of the homepage. Enjoy the interview, and cheers to a successful 2016.

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Out of the Blue... Entertainment Sidney Ganis is a Greek-American motion picture executive and producer. His company, Out of the Blue... Entertainment, remains active at Columbia Pictures. 10202 W Washington Blvd. The Boonies International Film Festival A free, international, independent film festival. Here’s the scoop: Our next festival is scheduled for August 19 - 22, 2015. It will not be the same without you… will it? Hollywood Therapy - Overcoming Writers Block There are different kinds of creative blocks and kinds of cures. Special guest David Silverman - writer, producer, LMFT - and ISA Teleconferences host Laurie Lamson discuss what writer’s have done in the past and what they can do now using psychology. Sirk Productions Since 1997 Sirk Productions has been dedicated to producing original feature films and television programming. From our award winning feature documentaries Severe Clear and Anytown, USA Dale Talent Management/Agency We represent clients in most areas of the entertainment industry including athletes,
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Rotterdam Media Commission Providing location information to filmmakers who want to shoot in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Bill Boyle & His Visual Mindscape Technique

In this live recorded podcast, we had consultant Bill Boyle on to talk about his method of using what he calls The Visual Mindscape. His insights into writing within a purely visual medium are empowering and frankly, exciting. It reminds us why we’re doing this screenwriting thing in the first place!

 

Bill is an award winning screenwriter, a former UCLA Extensions Instructor, and one of the most popular script consultants in the Industry. An interesting and quite impressive tidbit about Bill is that every screenplay he’s written has either been produced or optioned and he believes it’s his Visual and visceral approach to screenwriting that has made that possible. His book “The Visual Mindscape of the Screenplay” has been a best seller and has been used as a text at several Film Schools and Universities and it shows in this incredibly informative interview.

 

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Coventry Film Festival We give Driver Awards, specially designed awards for Best Actor, Best Feature Film, Best Short film, Best Actor in a short film, Best actor in a feature film, Best Animation, etc. Carolyne Barry CAROLYNE BARRY, in the last 30 years, has had extensive professional experience as an Actress, Teacher, Casting Director, Director, and Producer. As an actress she has over 100 Film Services Office, Create Hong Kong Promoting the development of the Hong Kong film industry, especially films with martial arts and / or special effects & pyrotechnics. Naples International Film Festival The Naples International Film Festival (NIFF) is quickly becoming one of the signature events in Southwest Florida. NIFF’s opening night gala is held at the glamorous Artis-Naples. Indian Freelance Writers' Blog As you can guess, fellow writers, this blog is especially dedicated to the wordsmiths of our country and aims to bring all of us under the same umbrella- even when it is not raining! Blind Confidence Productions Napa Valley Film Festival Showcasing the best in nw independent filmmaking and world cinema while enjoying world-class food and legendary Napa Valley wine
Fix your Pitch - How To Sell It Award winning screenwriter Jacob Krueger will take YOUR pitches and help you reconstruct them! If you need to learn how to pitch and/or are currently pitching your script to producers, and it still hasn't sold, then join the call and you may be one of the lucky ones to get FREE advice on how to improve your delivery. Not only will Jacob give you a new perspective on pitching, he'll help yours get better!

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Throughout his career in the entertainment industry, Jacob has worked with all kinds of writers, from Academy and Tony Award winners, to young writers picking up the pen for the first time. The founder of Jacob Krueger Studio in NYC, his writing includes The Matthew Shepard Story for which he won the Writers Guild of America Paul Selvin Award and was nominated for a Gemini Award for "Best Screenplay."
CREATE & DEVELOP THE COMIC SCREENPLAY WITH STEVE KAPLAN From the industry's top stars to first-time comedy screen and TV writers, producers, directors and performers, Steve Kaplan has worked with and coached the best. His Comedy Intensive offers proven and practical methods and principles that help you reveal and understand comedy from the inside out. Alexion FIlms Coming back to their roots, the Founders launched Alexion Films which is emerging as a premier feature and short film production studio located in Sheffield. Matrikas Film School The Matrikas Film School is a premier creative institute for emerging filmmakers, using 16mm film and digital technologies.The School's friendly staff emphasize team building. Alaska Film Production Promotion Program From alpine peaks to misty shorelines, quaint coastal towns to suburban neighborhoods, year-round snow to barren sand dunes - Alaska has great locations for almost any project. BendFilm Festival BendFilm celebrates the brave voice of independent cinema through films, lectures and education. Nevada City Film Festival The Nevada City Film Festival is made up of a group of passionate filmmakers and artists that have worked to create an outlet for emerging new voices and ideas while providing audiences On the Page Podcast w/ Pilar Alessandra Welcome to On the Page®, the podcast that answers all your questions about the craft and business of screenwriting.We cover feature writing, tv writing, pitching, webisode writing, video game writing, writer branding, agents and managers, procedural writing, writing for reality, personal networking and more. Our guests are successful writers, producers and instructors from all corners of the industry. Hosted by Pilar Alessandra, instructor at On the Page, Inc.® Lucerne International Film Festival Quality of content--not budget--is the theme at the LiFF, featuring independent films that usually cannot be found in mainstream theaters; strong story is the soul of the festival. Mike Messier - Screenwriter and Script Consultant Winner of eight awards in film and television, Mike Messier is a dynamic, creative writer who will write a treatment, synopsis or logline to help market your existing screenplay. Off Season Shorts Off Season Shorts is a new film festival dedicated to the short film. It is held at the historic Pierre's Playhouse Theater in Victor, Idaho in the heart of the Tetons. The ISA Reviews: Six-Time Oscar Nominated, Carol w / Kevin Rexroat

"Carol" says so much with pictures both beautiful and haunting.

 

"Carol", Todd Haynes' period piece nominated for six Oscars, could stand as a master class in smart screenwriting and visual storytelling. Starting with Phyllis Nagy's sly adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1952 novel "The Price of Salt", the movie always shows more than it tells, giving the audience credit for being intelligent enough to read between the lines of what's being said. Cate Blanchett plays the title character who starts a dangerous relationship with Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), a shy shop girl. The filmmakers ensure that their interactions are distinguished by glances, gestures and body language rather than any on-the-nose dialogue. This works perfectly for the time as forbidden forms of love were not talked about then, and those entering into such a world had to keep things secret. Thus, the film brilliantly presents Carol and Therese stepping very carefully into their affair, and Haynes uses all of the tools in his arsenal to complement Nagy's deft writing.

 

The exquisite cinematography, detailed period décor, memorable costumes, and wistful score not only enhance the love story, but at times help fuel the film's exquisite tension as well. Dark shadows fill scenes with dread, drab rooms hobble Carol and Therese's road trip journey of self discovery, and dangerous men lurk in the corners of many of the film's compositions. Most significantly, Haynes dots his drama with the color red, as it is a metaphor for the two women's passions trying to rise above the rejection of a close-minded society. If love is a game, then "Carol" plays like a chess match with its two main characters carefully negotiating their every move.

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