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Our Guest: Richard Walter is a celebrated storytelling guru, movie industry expert, and longtime co-chair of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television legendary graduate program in screenwriting. A screenwriter and published novelist, his latest book, Essentials of Screenwriting, is available in stores now. His previous published works include the novels Escape from Film School and Barry and the Persuasions and screenwriting books The Whole Picture: Strategies for Screenwriting Success in the New Hollywood and Screenwriting: The Art, Craft and Business of Film and Television Writing.
Former students from Richard’s screenwriting program have written more than ten projects for Steven Spielberg alone, plus dozens of other Hollywood blockbusters and prestigious indie productions, including three recent Oscar winners for best screenplay: The Descendants, Milk and Sideways. www.richardwalter.com.
Are you a screenwriter and know you have a great script? You want to see your work go to the big screen or maybe a made for TV movie.
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Screenplay will be shopped to directors / producers / agents for one year.
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he early bird deadline is Dec. 15, 2013 and runs through March 15, 2014.
Entry fees are nominal. For more information, go to http://www.gloriasworld.net/screenwriting-contest.html
The Movie Geeks welcome film critic and author Tim Grierson back to the show to dsicuss his latest book FilmCraft: Screenwriting, a collection of in-depth interviews with many of our top screenwriters.
To purchase this insightful and gorgeously produced book, click here.
How do you write for film naturally? Mark David Gerson can show you the way. An award-winning author and inspirational coach, Mark David just released the new book Organic Screenwriting, Writing for Film, Naturally. He is the creator of the popular Q'ntana Trilogy of fantasy novels, with his screenplay adaptations of the three books on their way to the big screen as a trio of epic motion pictures.
Mark David has written multiple critically acclaimed books on writing, including From Memory to Memoir: Writing the Stories of Your Life, Writer's Block Unblocked: 7 Surefire Ways to Free Up Your Writing & Creative Flow and The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write, as well as a companion meditation CD set. His You are a Writer meditation continues to inspire many thousands on YouTube.
Mark David is also an accomplished artist/photographer and a sought-after speaker on topics related to personal growth, spirituality and creativity. As a coach, mentor and seminar leader for more than two decades, Mark David has guided writers and non-writers alike to connect with their innate wisdom, open to their creative power and express themselves with ease.
His honest, heartfelt memoir is Acts of Surrender, and he is currently adapting the Q’ntana stories for the musical stage.
Mark David's web site: MarkDavidGerson.com
Frontier Beyond Fear music copyrighted by Grammy award winner Larry Seyer, www.larryseyer.com, included in this podcast with his permission.
This episode features the return of screenwriter and director Tom Lazarus, as Tom discusses the most frequent mistakes he sees in reading screenplays, and what it takes to make it in Hollywood.
Tom has written for television and film, and his writing credits include the feature film "Stigmata" which was the #1 movie in America upon its release. He has more tv and film credits than any other script consultant, and is the author of several books about screenwriting.
To learn more and to work with Tom, visit www.tomlazarus.com
Screenplayground Podcast kicks off with President/Head Reader Thomas Cunningham and Director Patrick Guera discussing getting experience working with short films, getting a feel for working with directors, actors and learning how your script translates to screen.
A long time ago, I was a copywriter. I was at Scali McCabe Sloves, Chiat/Day, Stein Robaire Helm, Borders Perrin & Norrander, and BBDO, along with a couple of other companies that I thought were ad agencies because of the creative way they were named after people, but that turned out to be accounting firms or something. Somebody told me that you couldn't be a director unless you went to school for it, so I took a bunch of film classes at UCLA, NYU, and SVA, and even though some people might tell you otherwise, I managed to learn stuff. Then I started asking people to hire me to direct their commercials and some of them did.It's been about twenty years now, of me wearing a hat, wandering around on the set, and saying "cut" without getting into any trouble. I must be really good at it, too, because sometimes people ask me to do it over and over and not because I got it wrong and they want me to try again until I get it right. I even got a bunch of certificates and trophies and stuff -- including a really ugly hood ornament from the London International Advertising Awards. And not just for commercials. I sometimes get to direct films -- which are just like commercials only they're longer and there's more talking and sometimes naked people in them -- and documentaries, which are just like commercials only the people you point the camera at usually know even less about how to make the film go than I do.
Brian won Best Horror Comedy short film in Shriekfest 2002 and had a screenplay finalist in 2002 as well with his script "The Lakeside Slasher".
Richard Brandes is an accomplished writer, director, and producer of over two dozen
feature films. His extensive list of credits also includes documentaries, commercials, reality
television, and music videos. Richard’s films have been released through such well known
international companies as Alliance/Atlantis, Screen Gems, Sony, HBO, CBS, NBC/
Universal, and Lionsgate, to name just a few.
Feature film credits include the suspenseful horror hit, “Penny Dreadful”, starring Rachel
Miner and Mimi Rogers. Written, directed, and produced by Richard, “Penny Dreadful”
won the Best Cinematography award at Shriekfest 2006, was released theatrically across
Richard also wrote, directed, and produced the SyFy Channel Premiere hit, “Out For
Blood”, starring Kevin Dillon and Lance Henriksen. Other notable accomplishments in
feature films include “Dead Cold”, “The Killing Grounds”, “The Fear”, “Cruel and
Unusual”, “The Nurse”, and the hit HBO World Premiere Movie franchise “Devil In The
Flesh 1 and 2” starring Rose McGowan and Jodi Lyn O’Keefe. During their run on HBO
the “Devil In The Flesh” franchise had the distinction of garnering the most viewers of any
films in HBO’s history and they continue to enjoy a popular status worldwide.
His most recent feature film is the family film, “Ugly Benny”, an uplifting, feel good
“Disney” type of tale. Richard wrote, directed, and produced the
film. The film will be released this July.
Richard will be returning to his thriller and horror roots later this year with a film he is
currently casting that he describes as being very much in the vein of “The Hitcher".
Listen in as Chris offers up his dramaturgical wisdom, industry insights and trademark humour to some unsuspecting aspiring screenwriters. He answers the illusive question of what defines a good "hook", critiques a pitch involving ISIS, anf a story about a woman's unhappy reunion with her past.
The Story Blender is a new show brought to you by Suspense Radio and hosted by Author Steven James and Jose Castillo. Fans, readers and of course authors should all be listening to this show.
Steven James is a critically acclaimed novelist and author of more than thirty books of fiction and nonfiction. He has a Master’s Degree in Storytelling, serves as a contributing editor for Writer’s Digest Magazine, and has taught writing and creative storytelling around the world. Publishers Weekly calls him "[A] master storyteller at the peak of his game.” His thriller, The Bishop, was Suspense Magazine’s Book of the Year.
When he’s not traveling and speaking he likes watching science fiction movies, trail running, and eating chicken fajitas—although not necessarily all at the same time.
Jose Castillo is a creativity consultant, blogger, radio personality, author, entrepreneur, web guru, conference speaker, dad, and salsa maker extraordinaire.
Show #8 - Zena Dell Lowe - Actress, Director, Screenwriter
Having worked on both sides of the camera, Zena offers insights on story craft that applies to screenwriters and novelists. Her examples from popular films will open your eyes to storytelling truths that have been sitting there right in front of you the whole time.
Perhaps the most refreshing thing about Monique is her attitude. In this era of entitlement, where fame seemed to accompany homemade sex tapes or drunken party behavior or multiple driving under the influence convictions, Monique has proven herself to be a woman of integrity and honesty that is not often found.
With numerous movies, TV and theater roles under her belt, Monique has ventured out from in front of the camera to behind it to direct and produce her first short film, 9pm. Studying broadcast journalism and acting in the theater from a young age, Monique has gathered a great working knowledge of acting and brings a culpable stage presence with her to whatever she does.
She’s an American actress and is best known for her witty and charming roles in popular TV sitcom and daytime soaps. With her appearances in feature films including, Bad News Bears starring Billy Bob Thornton, Starsky and Hutch and Candy Stripers, she has also made her way onto the small screen in shows like According to Jim and Still Standing.
Most recently, Monique has set her sights on directing feature films and has finished her directorial debut with the short film, 9pm. She is currently developing a web series and busy promoting her latest projects including photography and screenwriting.
TODAYS FEATURED EPISODE IS: WITH CHILD - Filmakers Titus Heckel, Director/Writer/Producer: Titus Heckel is a writer and a director of films. His first feature film, With Child, produced in partnership with Leslie Lewis, is currently in post-production, was shortlisted for the Critics’ Week at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and will begin its festival run in Fall 2014. His newest script, Chaos Theory, is currently a Quarterfinalist in the prestigious Nicholl’s Screenwriting Fellowship. His wide-ranging education – including a degree in physics and a Master’s degree in theology – gives him a unique perspective on the stories he tells. Titus believes that the world is magical; the stories we tell have the power to transform us; and the only thing better than laughing is making other people laugh.
Leslie Lewis, Producer / Petra Leslie Lewis is an actress, writer and producer best known for creating the one-woman show Miracle in Rwanda, which she has performed on every continent except Antarctica to over 10,000 theatergoers. She Executive Produced the feature film Dead Broke (Warner Brothers DVD; Paul Sorvino, John Glover, Jill Hennessy, and Justin Theroux.). With Child is her first film as lead producer, but she has several other film projects in the works, including an all-black version of Dangerous Liaisons set during the Harlem Renaissance, as well as the film of Miracle in Rwanda. She graduated from Harvard and UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television. www.withchildmovie.com
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