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Posted: Jun 29, 2016 Hosted By: Max Timm Guest: Michael Brandt

Being a Chicago native myself, I loved bringing on writer and producer, Michael Brandt. He's not only delivering quality stories that all take place in the Chicago area, but he's bringing a boon to the production industry in Chicago, and that isn't an exaggeration. He has recently developed and created the shows, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and the upcoming Chicago Justice. We jumped into this interview with a look back on how Michael got his start in the industry, and as we review in out talk, it's a testament to talent meeting a little bit of luck. And like Michael says with his advice at the end of the interview, luck can get you your first job, but talent will create longevity in your career.


My favorite part of this interview was Michael's remark about how challenging this industry really is, and how some comments about how difficult it can all be can seem negative. It really isn't. There is a big difference between offering critical or negative advice, and simply being real. We all chose to work in this profession, and no one is forcing us to do it. So we all need to consistently remind ourselves that it's all about keeping and holding on to the love of the process, otherwise it will just seem too hard.

Posted: Jun 28, 2016 Hosted By: Max Timm Guest: Matthew Penn

Being first in line of a bunch of new interviews focused around the world of television, I recently brought on long-time TV director and producer, Matthew Penn. From NYPD Blue, Law & Order, House and so many more, Matthew has recently directed episodes of Orange is the New Black, Damages, and he is the Co-Executive Producer of the upcoming USA Drama, Queen of the South, which from the sounds of it, will be an intricate character-driven story and likely a hit among audiences.

 

We pulled back the curtain on so many topics in this interview, but his advice for young writers, and what he's learned from working with legends like Glenn Close, and his multiple Oscar nominee father, (Arthur Penn of Bonnie & Clyde, and The Miracle Worker), the knowledge that can be gleaned from this Podcast is, dare I say, priceless.

Posted: Jun 25, 2016 Hosted By: Max Timm Guest: Michael Hauge

Michael Hauge is a long-time story and script consultant, having consulted and worked with writers and filmmakers in Hollywood for over 30 years. But he's also one of my favorite people. So intelligent, and so articulate, he's the consummate coach, and if writers ask me who I can recommend when they ask about the consultants in the industry, I usually offer up Michael's name and services. There are so many consultants in town, and each of them have their own level of expertise.

 

Michael Hauge is an expert on story - whether it's TV or film, he's quite literally one of the best. And like our recent June Masters Series workshop we had with Jen Grisanti, we are hosting another one with Michael as our guest consultant. He will be presenting an all-day workshop here in Los Angeles specifically titled, "Uniting Story Structure and Character Arc". In this podcast that you're about to listen to, we go through the elements of what will be discussed in his upcoming workshop, but also dive deep into how plot and character intermingle and help create one of the most important aspects of a screenplay: emotion on screen.

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Vermont Film Commission The VFC is committed to growing the local film and video industry in every way, recognizing the economic impact in job creation and the ensuing benefits to the State. Cinema & Suds Film Festival The Cinema & Suds Film Festival© (C&SFF©) is a four-day celebration of the artistry of Short Films with the growing elegance of Craft Beers. Creative Screenwriting Magazine Creative Screenwriting brings you all the best articles, daily, from screenwriting journalists in Hollywood and around the world. Mill Valley Film Festival Designated as one of the "20 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" by Moviemaker magazine, the Mill Valley Film Festival offers a high profile, prestigious, non-competitive environment. Script Pipeline Script Pipeline develops writers for film and television, connecting them with top producers, agents, and managers. This process has resulted in over $5 million in writer spec sales. 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. Film Genre for the Screenwriter with Jule Selbo Film Genre is an important aspect of the film narrative. It is important for the screenwriter to understand film genre's place in the story so that he or she can deliver on audience expectations – and maybe even move the screenwriting form forward.   CinemaJaw Quite simply stated, CinemaJaw is just two guys jawin’ about movies. Hence the name.

Since 2009 CinemaJaw has been releasing weekly 60 minute podcasts on the topic of film.
The tone of the show is lighthearted and fun while devoted to the art form of film. The two hosts Matthew “Matt K.” Kubinski and Ryan “Ry The Movie Guy” Jagiello rarely agree, but have great chemistry, which makes for some amazingly entertaining discussions.
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Alabama Film Office To increase economic opportunities by building and promoting film and the related media industries in the State of Alabama. This includes recommending policies and legislation, implemen MAKE YOUR GOOD SCRIPTS GREAT with Linda Seger Linda's job as a script consultant, seminar leader, and author is to guide writers to make their script the best script it can be. She has an objective professional eye to help solve elusive script problems and to help writers become better writers. The author of one of the most widely known book on screenwriting, "Making A Good Script Great", Linda Seger is the best of the best. GSK Talent Recognizing our clients as our most valuable assets we have maintained a select list of highly talented and accomplished artists and film professionals from around the globe. GSK Talent Q & A with Renowned Consultant, John Truby & ISA Founder, Craig James Anyone can tell a story. We do it everyday. "You won't believe what happened to me at work." The problem comes in telling a great story. If you want to become a master storyteller you have to have a deep and precise understanding of subject, and the ability to translate your understanding into a story. John Tuby can teach you how.  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. Lean Waters Productions Lean Waters Productions started life during the 48-hour Film Challenge in Manchester in 2003 with the short film 'Homeland' and has since gone on to write, produce and direct further sh Annette Van Duren Agency Near South Valley, North Hollywood, CA 91601, (818) 752-6000
QiCo FIlms QiCo (pronounced Chico) Films is an Independent Group of Artists with a common goal. We've got an amazing collection of Producers, Writers, Actors, and Dreamers. Mauritius Film Development Corporation A one-stop-shop for filming in Mauritius, providing everything from economic incentives to location services to crew / equipment contacts. OneStone Artists Alliance Janna Communications An educational media company specializing in children’s programming, documentary and film production, and literary services. Our company is founded on principles of hard work, dedicatio Assistant Directors Training Program The mission of the Directors Guild–Producer Training Plan is to provide motion picture and TV industry training as directed by the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers. The Craft: Sequence 2, Setting It All Up, with Max Timm

Sequence 2, the Set-Up Event.

 

The Set-Up is kind of like the first impression on a date. It all hinges on how you present yourself right out of the gates. If I were to start babbling on about witchcraft and black magic on a first date, I would assume the girl would probably motion for the waiter to bring the check. But let's think about that for a second, because as strange as that example may be when trying to bring it back around to writing a screenplay, it does fit. It kind of makes sense, actually. Why does it make sense? Because that set up is completely involving the main character at the moment. The main character is setting up future events - whether he knows it or not, he's presenting the beginning of a story. Even though the story will likely come to a quick end because your date is going to run out the door after the black magic comment, it still instigates the beginning of something - a reaction.

 

When circling back to a screenplay, and if you wanted to simplify this as much possible, your 2nd Act of your movie (or middle episodes of a serialized TV show, for example), is a reaction. That's pretty much all the 2nd Act is if you boil it down to the most basic element. A reaction to an event. That event is what sets up everything that is going to then happen in the middle of your movie, but...and here's the important point to remember...from a character perspective! I'll say that again: the set up event is what sets up everything that is going to happen in the middle of your movie from character perspective.  

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