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Our Host: Svetlana Kim www.svetlanakim.com.
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.
Please join Marsha Cook and Virginia Grenier on June 18 at 8PM CST 9PM EST 7PM MT 6PM PST for a very special show on Screenwriting. Their special guest will be Marc Moss. His newest projects were the very successful 2013 HOMEFRONT (feature, Millennium Films) uncredited production writer 2012 ALEX CROSS (feature, Summit Entertainment), writer.
Marc has developed and written stories for feature films and television for numerous Academy Award nominated producers (David Brown, Mark Johnson, Arnold Kopelson, Douglas Wick), and have worked on multiple projects for Morgan Freeman (three novel adaptations) and Dustin Hoffman (rewriting scenes during filming of RUNAWAY JURY, and adapting for him Scott Turow’s novel PERSONAL INJURIES).
Sidra Lackey was born on January 5, 1983, in Philadelphia, PA but raised in The Bronx, New York, residing not far from Poe Cottage where writer Edgar Allan Poe spent the last years of his life. Sidra has loved writing since she first learned how to write and earned her BA in Professional Writing with honors from Lehman College in 2010. Her love for film started from a schoolgirl age, watching 90’s blockbusters at the local movie theatre with her family. From 2010-2012, she combined her passion for writing and movies and started a blog under the moniker: Cinemanista. In 2012 she briefly worked for an emerging blog DZI: The Voice, as the Senior Film Writer but then began microblogging independently about Film via Twitter until 2014. She wanted to try her hand at screenwriting and entered the 14th Annual 2014 Shriekfest Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival/Screenplay Competition, successfully becoming a Finalist with her short horror screenplay “B-room.” Horror is the film and writing genre that has always fascinated, terrified and delighted Sidra and she hopes her work will steadily thrive within.
Madeline Ben-Shoham has been scribbling in notebooks since she was 5 years old. She grew up in Southern California, but has spent the majority of her adult years in New York and the Bay Area. Madeline received an MFA in Poetry from Mills College, and was published in a variety of literary journals before turning her attention to screenwriting full time. Her first love is science fiction, but she also writes in the horror, historical drama, and romantic comedy genres. Her sci-fi drama Gemini’s Children was a finalist in the 2014 Shriekfest Screenplay Competition, and a Second Rounder in the 2014 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition.
Vanessa Ionta Wright was born in Riverside, CA in 1976. A born storyteller, she entertained her way through school with her tall tales and short films and graduated from Ohio University in 1998 with a degree in Video Production and Film. With a knack for comedy and an affinity for a good scare, she has created worlds filled with humor and terror, although not always simultaneously. Her script Bayou Gold placed as a semi-finalist in the 2003 American Zoetrope screenwriting contest, and the science fiction-noir short film The Time Changer placed as a top 10 finalist in the 2014 Shriekfest Film Festival and the 2015 Indie Horror Fest (Chicago, Ill.) “I write to explore the never ending question, what if? I’ll stop writing when I run out of stories.” Vanessa resides in Peachtree City, GA with her husband John, their two children, and a pug named Phil.
"Best Director Award"(2012 LA Film, TV and Webisode Festival) winner, Alex Bram is on a mission to bring suspense, surrealism and quality back to horror.
Gaining support as a new voice, his various projects have been able to attract legendary figures of the genre rallying behind him. For his werewolf epic, “NEW BREED,” Special Creature Make-Up Effects legend Steve Johnson (“American Werewolf in London,” “Species”) has joined to deliver on the concept of applying the latest technology available, in the most tasteful yet terrifying way, to bring to life beasts like we’ve never seen before.
Eduardo Sanchez (Blair Witch Project Director) will bring Bram’s “CLOUDLAND” to life. That project is being spearheaded by Jeffrey Reddick, the creator of “Final Destination.” Reddick is both co-screenwriter with Bram and Executive Producer.
Alex Bram’s award-winning psychological thriller "Body of Work" honors the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock, while at the same time, using modern technology to bring about a new wave of suspenseful filmmaking. That film brought two "Best Cinematography" awards and one Canadian "People's Choice".
For three years, Bram founded and ran the "Carnival of Darkness Film Festival," which showcased the very best short horror films from around the world. This yearly event was held at Los Angeles Film School and was put on like a twisted carnival experience.
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