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Posted: May 22, 2015 Hosted By: Max Timm Guest: Michael Hauge

Renowned screenwriting and story expert, Michael Hauge joins us to talk about the benefits of formula, and how it isn't such a bad word after all. Michael is one of the best, if not the best, so get a pad of paper ready and start your notes.

 

Michael has coached screenwriters, producers, stars and directors on projects for every major studio and network, most recently I AM LEGEND, HANCOCK and THE KARATE KID for Will Smith and Overbrook Entertainment; MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE for Columbia Pictures; BAKUGAN for Universal Pictures, and MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, and LOVE, ROSIE for SONY Pictures and Constantin Film.

 

Michael Hauge is the best selling author of Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read, as well as the new 20th Anniversary Edition of his classic book Writing Screenplays That Sell

 

Michael has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Georgia. He has worked in Hollywood for the past 35 years, and has presented seminars, lectures and keynotes in person and online to more than 70,000 participants worldwide.

Posted: May 22, 2015 Hosted By: Laurie Lamson Guest: Dara Marks

Engaging the Feminine Heroic focuses on helping writers gain greater access to their own internal creative vision in order to write stronger and more compelling narratives. While most writers are familiar with the pattern of the Hero's Journey, its counterpart, the Feminine Heroic, may be difficult to recognize. Whereas the essential goal of the hero's journey is to discover, defend, and establish our Self in the world, the great achievement of the feminine quest is communion, connection and relatedness to the other in order to make meaning of our existence. Therefore, it isn't just grit or physical prowess that gives the feminine her heroic stature. It is her courageous ability to descend into the dark, forbidding places that lie within each of us in order to retrieve our essence.

 

The story of our humanity is encoded in all epic mythologies. They show us how we grow and evolve, face life's conflicts and obstacles, and must endure death experiences in order to create new life. In her groundbreaking work on the Feminine Heroic, Dara Marks utilizes epic mythologies as a means of helping writers experience the archetypal template upon which the drama of our shared humanity is written.

 

Great stories aren't masculine or feminine, they are a balance of both and understanding how toEngage the Feminine Heroic will add a great deal of substance and depth to any writer's palette.

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Boston Underground Film Festival BUFF is an annual festival committed to the celebration of alternative vision and cultivation of independent, provocative and experimental filmmaking. Old West Sportswriters' Guild In the tradition of these heroes of the old west, fighters turned writers, the Old West Sportswriters' Guild covers Fight Sports such as boxing and MMA, firearms, and blades. Best Shorts Competition An avant-garde worldwide short film competition that strives to give talented people the positive exposure they deserve. Footscray City Films Footscray City Films has held a significant place in Australian social and educational history, and is widely recognised for its initiatives, its standards of excellence in film & TV. International Affiliation of Writers Guilds The International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG) is an international body representing guilds of professional screenwriters. We work to further causes of screenwriters worldwide. 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. Storm Entertainment  During its more than seventeen year history, Storm Entertainment has arranged for the full financing of 43 films. Using a combination of worldwide sales and pre-sales, institutional Charleston International Film Festival Bringing people together through the art and science of film, with an international film and screenplay competition. The Gotham Group The Gotham Group is a management and production company that represents people involved in the entertainment industry.The company was founded by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein in 1993. Orlando Film Festival Our mission is to support the cause of independent cinema and to promote culture and the arts in Downtown Orlando by exposing a wide audience to the unique and diverse stories told Big Bear Lake Int'l Film Festival Presenting the emerging talents of independent filmmakers and screenwriters. Memorable Characters and the Language of Storytelling Sydney Pollack, David Milch, Shane Black Memorable Characters and the Language of Storytelling This week on Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast, Memorable Characters and the Language of Storytelling with Sydney Pollack, David Milch and Shane Black. Actor, producer, and director Sydney Pollack has over one hundred film credits spanning six decades. He directed a number of memorable films such as Tootsie, The Firm, and Out Of Africa, which won him an Academy Award for Best Director. In addition to working on sixty-nine episodes of Hill Street Blues, Writer/Producer David Milch also created the shows, Deadwood, NYPD Blue, Luck, The Big Apple, and John from Cincinnati. Writer director Shane Black redefined the buddy movie genre in the late 1980's with the screenplay for Lethal Weapon. He later became known for creating memorable and complex characters not usually associated with the action genre and in his own distinct cinematic voice, gave us the screenplays to The Last Boyscout, and The Long Kiss Goodnight, as well as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3, both of which he also directed. All three were awarded at the 2006 Austin Film Festival & Conference. Audio from a panel featuring all three was used for this On Story Podcast. Hear them discuss finding the spine of the story, the source of their characters, and the value of style. Black, Pollack, and Milch all divulge what it takes to create memorable characters and their different approaches to writing. East Lansing Film Festival Screening independent and foreign features, documentaries, shorts, and student films from around the world in Lansing, Michigan. Miller-Gregson Productions, Inc. Miller-Gregson Productions, Inc., a full service media production, services and loan out company, has been in continuous operation since 1987, first as a partnership between Joseph E. Film Victoria - Fiction Development Film Victoria is the State Government agency that provides strategic leadership and assistance to the film, television and digital media sectors of Victoria. Through our Fiction Develop Shriekfest Film Festival International screenwriting and film competition for horror, sci-fi, and fantasy genres. Idaho Film Office Idaho is a land of wid-open spaces, small towns and friendly, helpful natives. It also has some of the most diverse topography is the US, so chances are you can "fake it" in Idaho! The Business A look inside the business of entertainment hosted by Kim Masters and Michael Schneider. Filmstock Film Festival Bringing a voice to short film makers, and celebrating the beauty and artistic freedom that can exist in the short film format. Bold Films An independent film finance and production company dedicated to finding original voices, nurturing the highest quality of craftsmanship. Bold Films is an independent production and film New York Conservatory For Dramatic Arts NYCDA has compiled a host of information and tips on the ins and outs of acting and the business. Click thru the categories below to find information that will help you advance your Benderspink Management A Management & Production Company in Los Angeles founded in 1998. Fresh Voices Fresh Voices is a network of experienced industry professionals arming screenwriters with the tools, guidance and opportunities to succeed, while offering the industry a trusted conduit Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) A non-profit civil liberties organization working in the public interest to protect privacy, free expression, and access to public resources and information online, as well as to promot Innovative Artists Innovative Artists has established a distinctive niche among the agency representation landscape by providing incomparable, personalized service which prioritizes the interest of its cl The Asylum The Asylum fully finances and produces 10-15 titles per year and its North American home entertainment division has released over three hundred titles to date. Founded in 1997, The
Rolling: 05/25/15 Feature , TV Pilot , Short , Web Series , Play , Novel WILDsound Monthly Screenplay Festival offers screenwriters at all levels the fantastic opportunity of hearing their scripts read out loud ... Final Deadline: 05/31/15 Final: 05/25/15 Feature , TV Pilot Everyone who enters this contest comes out ahead, because every single logline submitted receives detailed feedback in five days or less. ... Final Deadline: 05/25/15 Late: 05/25/15 Feature , TV Pilot , Short , Web Series , Play , Novel FREE LOGLINE SUBMISSIONS - Submit your story and showcase it on this network. Final Deadline: 05/31/15 Late: 05/25/15 Feature , TV Pilot The only screenwriting competition exclusively dedicated to adaptations and true stories. We accept adapted feature screenplays and ... 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Most feedback is returned within 2–3 weeks of ... Final Deadline: 06/30/15 Regular: 06/01/15 TV Pilot This is the dawning of the era of you, the new TV Writer! To help you sell yourself and your series, TVWriter™, the most successful ... Final Deadline: 06/01/15 Late: 06/05/15 Feature Well-written thrillers are always an excellent way for writers to show Hollywood pros a combination of commerciality, unique voice, and a ... Final Deadline: 06/19/15 Early: 06/10/15 Short We wanted to make a small shorts fest in Jersey City at a great venue where people can meet up, screen their films, and celebrate their work ... Final Deadline: 07/21/15 Early: 06/15/15 Feature , Play There are hundreds of screenplay competitions, but which screenplay from among the winners of these quality competitions is the best of the ... Final Deadline: 07/15/15 Early: 06/15/15 Feature We’re thrilled to announce our 2015 Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest! Whether you’re writing a contained science fiction drama or an epic ... Final Deadline: 08/18/15 Regular: 06/16/15 Feature , TV Pilot Big Break is an annual, global screenwriting contest designed to launch the careers of aspiring writers with over $80,000 in cash, prizes, ... Final Deadline: 06/30/15 Regular: 06/16/15 Feature , TV Pilot , Short The Eleventh Annual Action On Film International Film Festival and Writer's Event is truly the festival of the independent filmmaker and ... Final Deadline: 08/07/15 Final: 06/17/15 Feature , TV Pilot , Web Series Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition is brought to you by the International Screenwriters’ Association. This is our 6th Season ... Final Deadline: 06/17/15 Late: 06/27/15 Feature , TV Pilot , Short , Web Series , Play As fellow filmmakers we at the MassIFF understand the importance of reaching the right audience. Our goal since starting the festival has ... 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