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Just before the Christmas break, I had Pilar Alessandra on, and while I always aim to educate my listeners and make sure you walk away with solid and practical info, this interview was so full of tips and writing tools, that we could probably call this a class in and of itself....
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In this interview, our Curious About Screenwriting Co-Host, Laurie Lamson, interviews the prolific writer/producer Christine Conradt. Christine is best known for Betrayed at 17 (2011), A Nanny's Revenge (2012) and Summer's...
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Five of the top fifteen movies in 2015 were out-and-out comedies, and another four had combined strong comedy elements with another genre. Comedy is serious business, and in this live podcast we talk about the art and science of comedy with script consultant, author, and truly...
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We are going to use an obvious pun in our introduction here, but at least we're warning you all first. It was an absolute JOY to have the lovely Virginia Madsen on our podcast series, and the bits of advice she offers can be considered not only creative...
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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...
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We're more than just curious about screenwriting in this episode, because I had the pleasure of bringing on two-time Oscar winner and one of my favorite writers, Paul Haggis. In terms of introducing him, it doesn't need much. But what I love about this interview is that...
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Over the past 15 years that I've worked in the screenwriting world, I've interviewed and have been interviewed by countless consultants, writers, students, teachers, industry pro's, and during the last few months of hosting my Curious About Screenwriting podcast,...
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Here's the perfect way to summarize the mid-point of any story. "Shit just got real". And really, I could just stop the episode there because if you break down the meaning of "shit just got real" and apply it to the moment in your story where it does,...
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It’s no easy feat being a screenwriter. We all know that. But telling a story and writing a script the reader can “see” is only part of the challenge. We also need to ensure the script grabs the reader and keeps them hooked through 100 plus...
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In this interview, I welcomed one of my favorite people. It was a blast talking with DJ, and he spent more time with me than my usual guests do. It's just a testament to his attitude and willingness to inspire. D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and...
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Unique and fresh. Let's dig in to why those two words are so important where a pitch is concerned. First, you all know what a logline is, yeah? I assume so, but if you don't, you're in the right place. A logline is basically a written form of a pitch. It's a way...
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We are presenting this podcast as an introduction to our upcoming TV Weekend, May 5 through May 7 in Chicago. If you don't yet know about TV Weekend, you absolutely must check it out - a two-day event with Lee Jessup, Jen Grisanti and Corey Mandel, giving specific...
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Don't send your script out right after you finish it. You only get one chance to make a first impression. Don't blow it. --Get feedback before submitting--How to get your script read--What readers look for when reading What every writer needs to do after...
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Today we welcome writer/producer, Ted Sullivan, to Curious About Screenwriting. Ted has created a successful TV writing and producing career, having worked on Law and Order, Revenge and now the CBS hit show, Supergirl. Are you watching Supergirl? It's a perfect throwback to...
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We are presenting this podcast as an introduction to our upcoming TV Weekend in Chicago, May 5 through May 7. If you don't yet know about TV Weekend, you absolutely must check it out - a two-day event with Lee Jessup, Jen Grisanti and Corey Mandel, giving specific insight...
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The stories that last forever have certain things in common. Mythic Themes and ArchePaths. In this recorded teleconference with script consultant, mythologist, author, and screenwriter Pamela Jaye Smith you’ll see how you can follow classic mythic themes yet maintain...
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This week, we're going to be talking about Swiss Army Man by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. This is an extraordinary script, and one of the great examples of just how far outside of the rule box you can actually go as a screenwriter or director. It's also a prime...
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A good pitch can get you through the door, but what makes the sale is a script with a great story. It turns out that very specific story techniques are found in the Blockbuster scripts Hollywood is desperate to buy. John Truby, considered "the best script doctor in the...
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After working as an actor, David Rambo caught the writing bug and wrote and produced plays, making a rather successful career out of playwriting. When one of his plays was recognized by the staffers at CSI, David’s career was suddenly changed forever. He...
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It's important to utilize consultants and their expertise as often as you're able. There are experts in this field of screenwriting and their knowledge of how a script breaks down and what creates an entertaining piece of media is priceless. It's necessary to test...
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