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Phil Parker pitched and won funding for an original infotainment series called 'Bite Size' to be broadcast on the BBC in Australia.The pilot episode, entitled "Are You Richer Thank You Think?" posits the controversial idea that more people are in the wealthiest top 1% than anyone realizes. Hosted by rugby legend and best-selling author, Peter FitzSimons.
"Are You Richer Than You Think?" - https://vimeo.com/119903195
Jeff Hand's animated script, LARRY, LORD OF DARKNESS, won the animated/family genre category in the 2014 Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest. This is the first time this script has been entered in a contest. There were nearly 7000 scripts entered in 11 feature and TV categories. Jeff's horror script, HEX'T, was was a quarterfinalist in the horror/thriller category.
Animated feature screenplay LOCAL SUGAR, set on the bayou in 1970s Louisiana, made a long-distance trip to China and was honored with a nomination for CICAF's Golden Monkey King Award in the writing category!
China International Cartoon and Animation Festival (CICAF) is China's largest cartoon and animation event and has been held annually in Hangzhou since 2004.
Here's hoping that reaching out across borders continues to be fruitful for LOCAL SUGAR!
FEATURED PODCASTS (show more)
It can sometimes feel like success and "breaking in" to Hollywood is based on some secret handshake you just haven't been taught. But in truth, it's just about knowing how to deliver what execs and reps are looking for, and how to seem normal and professional enough to stay in the room longer than the next writer.
Writers always ask, 'What is an executive looking for? How come they don't see what I see?' During this teleconference, Danny Manus will go through the questions executives ask themselves while reading and the most common script notes executives give - but also what those notes really mean. Often, an executive's notes can seem contradictory, vague or totally unnecessary. We will discuss how to find and address the note behind the note, and how to apply those notes to your next draft.
Rewriting is much differenting than writing a first draft, and can often mean reworking or cutting the things you loved most about your story. Rewriting is also the only way to sustain a screenwriting career. So before you start hacking away to address the notes, know where the executive is coming from and what the development process is like. This teleconference with script consultant and former executive Danny Manus will you direct insight into that process from the executive's perspective.
Meeting with an exec doesn't have to be a nerve-wrecking pressure cooker. It just takes knowing meeting etiquette, how to prepare, what's expected of you, and how to deal with execs during and after your meeting. Register today for our free Executive Crash Course with Danny Manus and survive the meeting, rewriting, and development process with flying colors.Boston Palestine Film Festival The Boston Palestine Film Festival seeks to present the extraordinary narrative of a dispossessed people. Cinema offers a powerful means of interpreting the collective identity. Build Out Your Script with Jacob Krueger Over his years in the entertainment industry, Jacob Krueger has worked with thousands of writers, actors, and other artists in pursuit of their artistic goals. Jacob is an award winning screenwriter, playwright, producer and director. Jacob's screenplay, The Matthew Shepard Story (2002) won him the Writers Guild of America Paul Selvin Award and a Gemini Nomination for Best Screenplay. The NBC film, directed by Roger Spottiswoode (And the Band Played On), and produced by Goldie Hawn, was based on life of gay hate-crime victim Matthew Shepard. The film won Stockard Channing a SAG Award and her first Emmy Award for "Best Supporting Actress" and Sam Waterston a Gemini Award for "Best Supporting Actor." He has collaborated on original film musicals with Tony Award winning composers Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (Les Miserables, Miss Saigon) and with four-time Academy Award Composer Michel Legrand (Yentl, The Thomas Crown Affair). NOFI NOFI is an international film festival founded by the Center of American New Cinema and Arts (CANCA). Our festival helps expose new and emerging directors and producers Fix Your Pitch - Genre Experience
Consultant and creator of WriteYourScreenplay.com, Jacob Krueger, discusses the nuances of the ever-dreaded PITCH.
Jacob is an expert on the art of pitching a project, much less an expert on story structure, character development, and then some. In this podcast, Jacob reviews the importance of your screenplay title - it being the most important "pitch" that you have. It's the only aspect of your pitch that everyone will hear and see. What's the first thing an executive sees when they look at your script? Your title. If your title is good enough, it will entice someone to give your script a read. That's the whole point of a pitch!Napa Valley Film Festival Showcasing the best in nw independent filmmaking and world cinema while enjoying world-class food and legendary Napa Valley wine
SellingYourScreenplay.com - Interview with Consultant, Corey Mandell
Corey MandellVoiceless International Film Festival The Voiceless International Film Festival sheds light to those films who have been ignored by general media and public television. VIFF Provides a voice of the voiceless. Committed Artists Committed Artists is a full service talent management and production company that packages, writes, pulls together financing, casts, produces, edits, pitches and shops distribution. Chapman University - Dodge College of Film and Media Welcome to Dodge College of Film and Media arts, one of the premier film schools in the country. We offer a complete array of undergraduate and graduate degrees for students interested Producer / Writer Scott Morgan, and The Chinese Film Market
Producer / Screenwriter Scott Morgan
Producer / Screenwriter Scott Morgan Talks About Writing For The Chinese Film MarketMichael D. Robins & Associates 23241 Ventura Blvd #300 Woodland Hills, CA 91364 (818) 343-1755 ISA Reviews: Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange is one of cinema's very best comic book adaptations.
In a year that already saw Deadpool as a high-water mark for comic book adaptations, along comes Doctor Strange. It is not only one of the best that Marvel Studios has ever done, but it stands with the greatest superhero origin story films like Superman: The Movie, Spider-man and Iron Man. How? By being character-driven and acting as smart as its neurosurgeon main character. Doctor Strange (the ever sharp Benedict Cumberbatch) is a brilliant, yet egotistical man whose hero's journey takes him from self-centered to at one with the universe. He learns the wonders of mysticism, magic and selfless power. And the storytellers here never lose sight of that arc. They imbue every scene with his braininess, including a final action scene that doesn't play like a brawl, but rather a chess game for the fate of mankind.Writing Drama w/ Olive Kitteridge Writer & Emmy Winner, Jane Anderson
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 terms of writing advice and support. She’s a born mentor, and her story and advice at the end is beautiful.
Like all writers, Jane has pushed through a writing career to where she is now able to work on the projects only she wants to work on. It is the privilege of a successful writer, but Jane reminds us that we can all get there – we just need to keep going.
Thank you for being a regular listener of our Curious About Screenwriting Podcasts, and of course please remember to share and subscribe on iTunes. These podcasts are like a free film school and writing class, so we hope you’re taking advantage as much as you can. Thanks again, and enjoy this interview with Jane Anderson.The ISA Reviews: Batman vs. Superman, with Derek Asaff & Jeff York
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 Snyder's misbegotten sequel to his 2013 film makes too many of the same mistakes that his origins story did. Man of Steel was dark, dank and spent a lot of screen time and dollars on the destruction of Metropolis. Same here, only now he pairs Superman (Henry Cavill) with the Dark Knight (Ben Affleck) and their battle is even moodier and more brutal.
What should be rollicking entertainment is instead too long, too serious, and a downer from first scene to last. The movie also shoehorns in way too much story with multiple villains, Metropolis and Gotham settings, and the set-up of the DC characters who'll star in next year's Justice League. Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman is the one saving grace here, providing a breath of feminist fresh air to counter all the testosterone. Snyder and his accomplished screenwriters Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer struggle to make their clash of titans meaningful, logical and cogent. It may slay at the box office, but this superhero movie just doesn't fly.StoryForward LA Originally formed as TRANSMEDIA LOS ANGELES in December 2009, this group is committed to the education, innovation and incubation of new and exploratory ways to tell stories.