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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.
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.
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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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
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
The Geeks join forces against the legion of the internet. We talk the New Rita Repulsa in Power Rangers, Ghostbusters, The Fine Bros on YouTube, Masterpiece Optimus Primal, HasMat (Hasbro/Mattel) Merger, Superheroes and your comments!
All this and more on this week’s AGU! We hope you continue to enjoy the episodes and please feel free to respond to any and all feedback methods. We will read and reply on the show. Topic suggestions also welcome. So get Altered, Get Geeky with the Altered Geeks.
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Steve “Megatron” Phillips
Mike “Birdman” Dodd
Special guest John Tinker.
So you’re binge-watching these days? Seems like everyone else is too. As our viewing habits change, so does the pace and the style of the stories we enjoy. With decades of experience working in Hollywood, Emmy Award-winning screenwriter John Tinker knows what works and what doesn’t. Join us as he talks through the challenges of balancing art with commerce, telling stories that matter, and the changing landscape of television viewership.
Go to www.thestoryblender.com for more information on this show an all the Story Blender shows.
Vivian Lin is a Toronto-based director, producer and writer. Her short film And They Watched, a horror morality tale, is an Official Selection of Sitges International Film Festival, Shriekfest Film Festival, Holly Shorts Film Festival, Mile High Horror Film Festival, and more. It is a part of the film anthology Fun Size Horror: Volume 2. Her previous directing credits include Four Walls starring Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries) and Brendan Jeffers (Degrassi: TNG), and the comedy play The Mirror, which premiered at the Montreal Fringe Festival.
In 2015, she was awarded Telefilm Canada’s New Voices Award for writing. Her half-hour television pilot 100 Blackouts was a Top 10 Finalist in Final Draft’s Big Break Screenplay Competition, and won the Bronze Prize in the Page International Screenplay Competition.
She is currently co-producing the feature film Four One Nine, with Pierre Sarrazin and Suzette Couture, based on the Giller Prize-winning novel 419, by Will Ferguson, directed by Jeremy Podeswa (Game of Thrones).
Zena Dell Lowe is a screenwriting professor, actress, writer, producer & director. Her recent film "RAG DOLL," (inspired by a true story) & is an edgy film about a woman married to a gay man. RAG DOLL is the 1st official project of Mission Ranch Films, & was completed in April, 2015. It won Audience Award for Best Short at the Louisiana International Film Festival in May, 2015, & was an Official Selection at the Portland Film Festival in September, 2015 & at California Women's Film Festival where it screened this month. Zena talks about her creative work & thoughts on screenwriting, & the evangelical world's involvement in filmmaking. Zena has a Performing Arts degree from American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood, a Bachelors degree in English from Cal State University at Northridge, and a Masters degree in Apologetics from Biola University. As an actress, Zena worked successfully in theatre, national commercials & films before transitioning behind the scenes to writing & filmmaking. She became the Associate Director of Act One: Writing for Hollywood, a prestigious film & television training program that she herself attended in 2000. This led to numerous speaking invitations, & she soon became a frequent speaker at Writers Conferences around the country.
Mission Ranch Films is a newly formed Independent Film Production Company based in Bozeman, Montana, owned by Zena & her brother Robert L. Stephens. They named the company after their family ranch, located just 10 miles east of Livingston. The goal of Mission Ranch Films is to create quality, artistic, & meaningful content for film and television, in the Big Sky State of Montana, utilizing the vast pool of local talent to tell stories with universal appeal.
Jason Fong is an independent filmmaker hailing from Portland, OR. A self-taught filmmaker, Fong spent
most of his childhood making home movies ranging from action to comedy with his friends and family.
In his younger days, he was always more the actor then writer/director. It wasn’t until college, under
the tutelage of Marvel Comics famed writer Brian Michael Bendis, did Fong initiate an interest in writing.
In 2014, Fong set out to Produce, Write, and Direct his first short film “Prey”. A horror-thriller film
about two expert thieves who break into a house looking for an easy score, unbeknownst, the patron of
the house isn’t average “Prey”. Prey went on to be screened at one of the biggest horror film festivals
in the world at L.A's Shriekfest as well as receiving a nomination for Best Horror Short. It also screened at
the legendary Hollywood Chinese Theater at the prestigious short film festivals Hollyshorts Monthly
Screening. Currently, Prey will be available via the Bitpix platform which can be freely streamed on
Amazon Fire and Roku.
In 2016, Fong is actively developing three upcoming short films which will be shot in the coming month
in Portland, OR and Los Angeles, CA.
Welcome to Wizard Talk with host Jason D McKean. Jason is a professional reader of the Wizard Tarot deck and will talk about the Four of Pentacles. His guest today is Keith Lewis, an actor who has worked for film, TV and theater. He got his start on the film RoboCop II and has worked alongside top directors for the last 15 years. His talents as of late have been branching out to the areas of producing and screenwriting. Please join us!
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Faith is the first comic to star a plus-sized superhero! Graphic Policy Radio welcomes special guest, writer Jody Houser who is part of the team at Valiant Comics bringing Faith to life in one of the year's most anticipated comics.
Jody Houser earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College in Boston, where she completed her master's thesis in screenwriting and was a winner of the Rod Parker Fellowship for Playwriting.
She began experimenting with webcomics in 2006 and is the creator behind the webcomic Cupcake POW!, which has updated weekly since 2010 and is currently available on comiXology Submit.
Jody has been a contributing writer to numerous comic anthologies including Womanthology: Heroic and Womanthology: Space from IDW, CMYK: Magenta from Vertigo, and Avengers: No More Bullying from Marvel, as well as Dead Roots and Rise: Comics Against Bullying. Recently, Jody has written Orphan Black for IDW and Agent May for Marvel.
Faith was the break out star of Valiant's Harbinger. A psionically gifted “psiot” she has always aspired to greatness. Now this once-ordinary teenager is taking control of her destiny and becoming the hard-hitting hero she’s always known she can be – complete with a mild-mannered secret identity, unsuspecting colleagues, and a day job as a reporter that routinely throws her into harm’s way! Well, at least she thought it would… When she’s not typing up listicles about cat videos, Faith makes a secret transformation to patrol the night as the City of Angels’ own leading superhero – the sky-soaring Zephyr! But flying solo is going to be tougher than she ever thought.
Tweet us your questions @graphicpolicy.
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