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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...
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The TV writing business is a tough one, but that's why I make sure and tell all of my writers who are interested in writing for television that they need to work on writing specs. A spec script, in case you aren't familiar with the term, is an original script but of an...
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Max Timm and the Curious About Screenwriting Network has interviewed many professional writers over the years, but none of Max's prior interviews have delved into the details of one of the writers' projects as thoroughly as this one. Because A Quiet Place is so unique on...
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Sitting in the Eccles Theater at Sundance in 2014 waiting for the movie Whiplash to start was uneventful. I knew nothing about the movie that I was about to see, and to be honest I was probably playing Words with Friends right up until the moment the lights went down. For...
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What generates real comedy? Is there a secret recipe to making people laugh? Maybe it isn’t really a secret, but veteran TV producer, Victor Hsu, believes comedy is derived from honesty, emotional truth, and getting to the heart of a character’s reaction within...
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Want a career in ten years? Flashback, nonlinear, ensemble and multi-plot structures are now mainstream in film and TV. You'll need them. In this revolutionary course, award-winning writer Linda Aronson cracks the code of complex films like Pulp...
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If you’ve only just now heard of Matthew Robbins because of his upcoming Guillermo Del Toro directed film, Crimson Peak, then you may not have been paying attention to the screenwriting credits on some major Hollywood movies. A lifelong screenwriter,...
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Let’s get back to some very basic elements of story since the past few chapters have been a little head-spinning, deep, and oddly esoteric. Whether you’re writing a pilot, a feature, an epic fantasy novel or a small YA title with some juicy romance, or even if...
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Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice doesn't do any justice to DC comics. It may be the first ginormous tent pole film of 2016, but Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice bores and depresses when it should soar as high as the guy in the red cape. Director Zack...
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In her class, CREATING A TV PILOT THAT SELLS: THREE IMPORTANT TOOLS, Jen Grisanti will teach you what she believes are the pillars that will take you from ordinary to extraordinary with the writing of your TV pilot.   Jen will walk you through three tools: Trigger,...
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Another inspiring interview, and this time with a recent Emmy winner, Jane Anderson. Jane won the Emmy for best writing for her work on the HBO mini-series, Olive Kitteridge, and her interview here is so thought provoking, meaningful, and truly practical in...
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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...
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Make your script stand out with dynamic, compelling, three-dimensional characters that will move, haunt, inspire, and crack up the reader. Character is King.  Executives, agents, managers, and showrunners insist on compelling, complex and dynamic characters that leap...
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What the heck is a TV series bible anyway? How do you write one? And why do you need one?The truth is, the idea of a show bible, as many people talk about it today, is total fiction. But like many fictional ideas, it's become a reality that we now need to deal with as TV...
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Hello! Max Timm here, from the ISA. Most of you know me from the Curious About Screenwriting podcasts that I host for the International Screenwriters' Association. As you can tell from the name of this little podcast series, I am launching my first solo podcast mission....
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In this live Curious About Screenwriting podcast, we offer a teleconference with Jen Gristanti – one of the top writing coaches and consultants in the business right now. Jen is also an instructor with NBC’s Writers on The Verge, and was previously...
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One of the most well-connected guests we’ve had on yet, Tony Krantz joined us to talk about a number of things – so many of them we could have discussed even further in depth – but after working as an agent with CAA for 15 years, Tony went on...
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Whether you're a writer or not, you need a champion - someone who is pulling for you. Someone who wants to see you succeed just as much as you want to. Whether this is your mom, a husband or wife, or in this interview guest's sake, the VP of Talent Development and...
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As a writer, you always want to put your best foot forward when submitting your work for consideration. Most of the time, the only thing that a producer, director, or reader will know about you is what you've written on the page. This is why it's so important to ensure...
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So you're rumbling along on a road trip with your girlfriend, boyfriend, spouse, whatever. Let's just set that stage for a second. You've been on the road for a few hours. The high and excitement of hitting the open road has kind of dwindled, though there is still...
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