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There are two halves to the creative process: generating ideas and then finding shapes in which to hold them. Screenwriting workshops tend to focus on the second half - structure - because it's easier to teach. But ideas themselves are considered unteachable, arcane and magical - gifts from the muse. Script expert and professional writer, Christopher DeWan, alongside host Laurie Lamson, discuss how you cultivate your ideas into stories you want to tell, and how to continue generating more.
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Posted: Jul 22, 2015 Hosted By: Max Timm Guest: Meg Lefauve

When we asked Pixar if Meg LeFauve, the writer on Inside Out, was able to join us on our podcast, we were thrilled how willing and able the Pixar PR team was – we couldn’t have been happier to have Meg on, and her interview is a perfect example of the level of quality, intelligence, and passion that stems from the animation studio. Meg isn’t a regular part of the Pixar creative team – she was actually brought on through an assignment to work on Inside out, and she talks about the process as first being an outsider and what it was like working alongside Pete Docter and his incredible team.

 

There is so much covered in this interview, including inside scoops on various aspects of Inside Out that didn’t end up on screen, the extensive creative process it went through, but also Meg’s journey as an executive at Jodie Foster’s company for a decade and how she then parlayed that experience into a writing career. She offers an inspiring interview, talks about her upcoming mega project, Captain Marvel, and with so many valuable nuggets of writing advice, we can only hope that every writer listening has a pen and paper handy. If you haven’t seen Pixar’s Inside Out yet, it’s an absolute must. Enjoy the interview and thanks for listening.

Posted: Jul 27, 2015 Hosted By: Laurie Lamson Guest: Christine Conradt

In this interview, our Curious About Screenwriting Co-Host, Laurie Lamson, interviews the prolific writer/producer Christine Conradt. Christine is best known for Betrayed at 17 (2011), A Nanny's Revenge (2012) and Summer's Moon (2009).  With nearly 50 produced writing credits, Christine received her Bachelor’s degree in Screenwriting from the esteemed USC's School of Cinematic Arts and then worked briefly in development before launching herself as a writer. Intent on elevating the crime thrillers she was becoming known for, Christine went back to grad school to receive a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University where she focused on cybercrime and juvenile delinquency.  THE BRIDE HE BOUGHT ONLINE is her directorial debut, premiering on Lifetime July 18, 2015. Laurie delves into Christine’s career, process, and what it’s like being a female horror writer.

 

Our wonderful co-host, Laurie, has been hosting live teleconferences with the ISA for a long time. She’s an industry veteran and honored to share her passion for screenwriting with you through our Curious About Screenwriting podcasts.   Laurie is the editor of the series of industry books titled, Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, the co-editor of Now Write! Screenwriting and Now Write! Mysteries, published by Tarcher/Penguin. You can learn more and connect with Laurie at nowwrite.net. Enjoy the interview.

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