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Writer/Director Mike Miller's first feature screenplay, SHADOWMAN, and to be his feature directorial debut, recently won the GRAND PRIZE at the 2014 Story Pros Int'l Screenplay Contest and named Best Screenplay in the Drama category. SHADOWMAN has also been a winner and placed as a finalist in EIGHT other 2013/14 contests, including the recent 2014 Table Read My Screenplay Contest.
'Picture Perfect', a 30 minute short film Peter Devonald co-wrote with Kevin Scrantz, has won a series of major awards and is having a wonderful festival run which includes Best Film 4th Peleponnesian Corinthian "Bridges" CINE@ART 2013, Best Short Film Cyprus International Film Festival 2013, Best Film: Mestre Film Festival - Venice Event Academy 2013 and Best Director award Kharkov Lilac Film Festival 2013.
This April it has its American premiere and is nominated for a Remi at the 47th WorldFest Houston International Film Festival's Best Short Film Award 2014. It is also nominated for the London Independent Film Festival's Best Short Film Award, also April 2014.
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and bro New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission Including the state's location diversity, its proximity to New York and the professional support you'll receive from the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission. Interview With Director / Screenwriter, Michael Bafaro
Interview With Direct / Screenwriter Michael Bafaro
Michael talks about how he broke into the business and how he got his new film, Wrecker, produced.Write Hot Episode 11: David Silverman on Agents vs. Managers
David Silverman is a screenwriter and a TV writer, producer and a licensed therapist. He also works as a script consultant. He suggests selling your stuff first and then seek representation. We discussed the difference between agents and managers and how for new writers a manager can help you develop your career. He also suggested a few resources for getting your screenplays seen and sold:
Script Shark: http://www.scriptshark.com
David also noted that writing a blog is a good way to get connected in the industry. He is also an advocate of networking with new directors or actors that are looking for work to get your scripts made. Common mistakes writers make is writing something that is really off the wall. David suggests writing something that is different but not too different. Also, it is bad to work on the same script for years. If you want to make your own work that can be a great option for beginners. David recommend looking at the movie Tangerine by the Duplass Brothers. They made it for $1,000 on the weekend with their friends that got picked up for $300,000 and won many awards as well. David also suggests getting hired as a story analyst or a reader if you are interested in developing your skills as a writer and connections in the industry. Writing assistant or a personal assistant to a producer is also a great way to get started in the industry as a writer.
If you want more information on David Silverman, you can find him on Hollywoodscriptwriting.com. Laura also attended both Book Expo America in Chicago and The Great American Pitchfest in Burbank. She will be featuring interviews with those she connected with at each event in upcoming Podcasts. If you want more information on Laura Powers, you can go to her website www.laurapowers.net. You can also find updates on the podcast by following the Write Hot Podcast on Facebook.
Interview w/Exec Producer on Friday Night Lights, David Hudgins
David Hudgins is originally from Dallas, Texas. A graduate of Duke University, he began his career in the United States Senate, as a Staff Assistant to Sen. Albert Gore, Jr. He then obtained his law degree from S.M.U., and spent eight years working as a trial and appellate lawyer in Texas with a large downtown Dallas law firm.In 2001, Mr. Hudgins quit the practice of law to pursue screenwriting full time, after the sale of his feature screenplay Scottsboro to LeVar Burton’s Eagle Nation Films.
In 2003, Mr. Hudgins took a job as a Staff Writer on the WB television show Everwood. He spent three seasons writing for the production, rising to the rank of Co-Producer. He then moved to the NBC drama Friday Night Lights, where he served for three seasons as a writer and Co-Executive Producer.
In 2009, Mr. Hudgins created and ran Past Life for Warner Brothers Television, a one-hour drama that aired on the Fox Broadcasting Network. Mr. Hudgins also returned to Friday Night Lights, where he served as Executive Producer on the show’s fifth and final season. Currently, he is under an overall deal at NBC Studios, where he serves as a writer and Co-Executive Producer on the hour drama Parenthood, and he is also developing multiple projects for both film and television.
In its freshman season, Friday Night Lights was the recipient of a Peabody Award for Excellence in Television Broadcasting. For his work on the show, Mr. Hudgins has received four nominations for a Writers’ Guild Award. Mr. Hudgins is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry events, and he is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Humanitas Foundation.
Mr. Hudgins is currently the Creator and Executive Producer for Game of Silence on NBC.
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Legendary filmmaker and writer (Raging Bull, Taxi Driver) Paul Schrader.Open Curtain Productions, LLC Open Curtain would like to read stories from you. We know there are good Writers that have an interesting story to tell the world.
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Often times we think of formatting as the grammar of screenwriting. We think of it as this very simple, basic, elemental set of rules that you go and look up in The Hollywood Standard in order to do properly.
But the truth of the matter is formatting is much more than grammar. It's a way of speaking to your audience, thinking about your movie like a filmmaker, and capturing the visual eye of your reader.
Thinking about formatting like it's simply grammar cuts you off from all this. And ignores the way grammar actually works outside of middle school.
Because the truth is, nobody speaks proper grammar, and nobody speaks proper formatting. If you actually spoke proper grammar you’d most likely have no friends. “To whom should I direct this email?” You’d just sound too darn formal. And the same is true for “proper” formatting. It’s just not going to work for you.
And, at the same time, we all know bad grammar when we hear it! And just like bad grammar, when we see bad formatting in a screenplay, we make instant judgements that can really end up leaving your script at the bottom of the pile.
So today I want to talk about formatting. But I want to talk about formatting in a creative way. Because I feel like a lot of writers at all different levels are stuck on this idea of formatting. And instead of looking at it as a creative tool of their craft they’re looking at it as something that gets in the way of their creativity.
I want you to understand that formatting only exists for one purpose. The whole purpose of formatting is to isolate visual moments of action.
When you learn to isolate the visual moments of action in your script, you'll be doing four very important things for your art, your craft, and your career as a writer:
- You're going to be writing even better than most professionals—allowing your work to get noticed and stand out from the crowd.
- You're going to have a lot more fun writing, because writing is going to be more creative for you.
- You're more likely to sell your script because the people reading it are going to be able to visualize each thing as if they were watching a movie in their heads.
- You’re going to save tons of money when it comes to production. And be a lot more likely to actually like the movie that you end up with.
So let's talk about what each of the those four words mean: "isolate," "visual," "moments," and "action…"Great Lakes International Shorts Festival Great Lakes International Shorts Festival has officially opened its Call for Entries for the 2015 Festival, which will be showcasing the best works of emerging and veteran filmmakers. 21 Laps Intrepid’s mandate is to produce and finance commercial features in the action, thriller, horror, and comedy genres, principally targeting the 12 – 29 year old audience. Industry Basics Q&A w/ ISA's Max Timm & The University of Illinois
With technology today, we are able to connect with so many people so easily. This podcast in particular is an example of how easy it is for the ISA to get in touch with students, and offer support and guidance. Max Timm was asked by the University of Illinois to speak to the screenwriting and entertainment students there, and to give insights on the business, the world of screenwriting, and the entertainment industry as a whole. The students emailed a long list of questions, and we then teamed up with the U of I professor, Susan Muirhead, via Skype. It was a lot of fun! And while a lot of what’s discussed in this presentation is relatively basic, it’s informative and the students asked some excellent questions. It’s a different take on our podcast interviews since Max is usually the one doing the interviewing, but spending a little over an hour with up and coming writers is always time well-spent.
Listen in and have fun. The new year is upon us, and we hope these podcast interviews and presentations offer you the spark needed to shift your writing into high gear. Enjoy and thanks for listening.Mindspawn Media Limited New script consultancy services now available from Mindspawn Media Limited. My company has a range of notes and analysis on offer from a writer who knows how to elevate your work. Official Screenwriting Screenwriting and the entertainment industry as it relates to filmmakers.
Adam Levenberg is author of THE STARTER SCREENPLAY and one of Hollywood’s most in demand screenwriting consultants. As a reader for USA Films (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, TRAFFIC), Adam recommended scripts such as HOLLYWOODLAND and SYLVIA, which were both produced by the studio. He worked as a Creative Executive for Intuition Productions (THE STEPFORD WIVES, PASSENGERS). Jon Cassar - Top Producer/Director on 24, Fringe, Criminal Minds
Have you seen the shows, 24, Revolution, Fringe, Person of Interest, or Criminal Minds? Most of you probably have, or you’re well aware of how popular they were and are (though we're still sad Revolution was cancelled). Jon Cassar was the exec producer and director of multiple episodes on all of those shows! He’s a two-time Emmy award winner with his work on 24 and the mini-series, The Kennedys, and Jon was cool enough to sit down with Max Timm, Director of Community Outreach with the ISA, and talk about the TV industry, how to work your way up as not only a young writer, but a budding filmmaker, and to give a reality check as to just how difficult this industry really is.
It was kind of funny when Max asked him how a new writer can attempt to open doors. He was very real with his answer – he didn’t know exactly how! He reinforced that this industry is one of the most difficult to get into and much less make a living – as if we didn’t know that already - but with that reality check came an inspirational breakdown of his own rise through the ranks as a camera operator to now being a sought-after TV director. He’s also directing his own features with a movie coming out in the fall of 2016. He basically told us to stick to our guns, be persistent, and do whatever you can to knock down doors. Giving up is not an option. Enjoy the interview and as always, thanks for listening.Brubaker Unlimited LLC Filmmaking Stuff is a professional resource for independent filmmakers and provides tips on screenwriting, producing, crowdfunding, directing, movie marketing and film distribution.