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HEREDITARY: Screenplay Analysis & In-depth Screenwriting Discussion


Meet on the Fox Studios backlot on May 14th for an in-depth analysis and discussion of the screenplay HEREDITARY.

Logline: Ancestral spirits haunt a family after the death of their secretive and private matriarch.

PAMELA JAYE SMITH will provide in-depth analysis and lead our discussion. Registration in advance is required and includes a copy of the physical script mailed to you in advance as well as sandwiches, snacks, and beverages at the meeting.

About the Screenwriter: ARI ASTER received his MFA in Directing from the AFI Conservatory. His controversial 2011 incest-themed AFI short, The Strange Thing About the Johnsons, went viral last year, spawning dozens of polarized “reaction” videos on YouTube. Hereditary, which The Hollywood Reporter called “two breathless hours of escalating terror that never slackens for a minute,” is his feature film debut as writer and director.

Academy Award nominee Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, Little Miss Sunshine) stars alongside Gabriel Bryne (The Usual Suspects), Alex Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band, My Friend Dahmer), Milly Shapiro (Broadway’s Matilda), and Ann Dowd (Compliance). The film premiered at this year's Sundance film festival and opens wide June 8th.

Not Yet Rated. 126 minutes. 118 pages. Horror.

About the moderator: Pamela Jaye Smith is a mythologist, award-winning producer/director with over thirty years experience in features, TV, music videos, and more, and the author of five books, including The Power of the Dark Side: Creating Great Villains and Inner Drives: How to Write and Create Characters Using the Eight Classic Centers of Motivation.

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Screenplay Development Group |

Dedicated to the mastery of feature film screenwriting, analysis, and development since 1981, we meet on the Fox Studios lot for analysis and in-depth discussions of current feature film screenplays.

Our goal is to schedule screenplays for discussion at the time of their film’s release so we can talk about the writing and what is on the page before people are influenced by what is heard and seen on the screen. We encourage everyone to see the film afterward to see how it turns out and how well it transitioned from page to screen, as it can help improve your own screenwriting.

Each month a different industry professional leads our discussion. These are among the best teachers, authors, coaches, and consultants working in the entertainment industry. You will have the opportunity to meet each of them individually. Over time, with membership, you will experience a variety of analytical styles and approaches to the craft of screenwriting.

Guests and prospective members should be actively involved in screenwriting and/or filmmaking and be familiar with established screenwriting principles and structure. also offers screenplay development workshops for members who have written or are attached to a screenplay. In these workshops, which are scheduled on a date other than our regular meetings, participating members will analyze and discuss your screenplay and offer constructive feedback. Workshopped scripts have been optioned, produced, received distribution deals, and won awards.


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