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  • Colossal

    May 4, 2017

    “… As Colossal illustrates so powerfully, our job as screenwriters is actually very simple: to look inside of ourselves and find the emotions, the characters, the questions that live there. To look inside of ourselves, find the things that are true, and then externalize the internal. To take the things that live under the surface for us, and put them up on the screen where everyone can see them. Sometimes that means our job is to look at our own monsters. And sometimes that means our job is to claw past the monsters that we believe ourselves to be to find the beauty that lives under the surface…”

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  • HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOUR SCREENPLAY IS DONE?

    April 21, 2017

    One of the hardest things in screenwriting is knowing when you’re finished. Because art is so subjective, there’s always something that can be added, changed, improved or rewritten. Which is why, in the arts, we often don’t get the same feeling of completion that an accountant gets. Or that a salesperson gets. Or that a burger flipper gets. There’s no clear place where it is truly done where all the criteria have been met.

    So if we’re going to be successful, we need a different way of evaluating ourselves. We need a different type of criteria. In this podcast, Award Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger teaches you how to know when your screenplay is done, so you can build the successful career that you…

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  • FIX YOUR PITCH!

    April 13, 2017

    …Recently, we’re starting to see a shift with original movies like Get Out, La La Land, Manchester By The Sea, Moonlight and Arrival not only winning awards, but also hugely exceeding box office expectations. We’re also starting to see a trickle up effect, as companies like Amazon and Netflix have started entering the feature film market– reinvigorating both writers and producers for the potential of a renaissance in feature films that can mirror the one in TV.

    Which is why Beauty and the Beast’s success scared the crap out of so many big budget writers and producers, especially on the cusp of what seemed like a potential tipping point in the Hollywood model…

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  • Beauty and the Beast

    April 6, 2017

    …Recently, we’re starting to see a shift with original movies like Get Out, La La Land, Manchester By The Sea, Moonlight and Arrival not only winning awards, but also hugely exceeding box office expectations. We’re also starting to see a trickle up effect, as companies like Amazon and Netflix have started entering the feature film market– reinvigorating both writers and producers for the potential of a renaissance in feature films that can mirror the one in TV.

    Which is why Beauty and the Beast’s success scared the crap out of so many big budget writers and producers, especially on the cusp of what seemed like a potential tipping point in the Hollywood model…

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  • GET OUT

    March 23, 2017

    Horror movies are obviously about fear. But the best horror movies are not just about scaring the audience. They’re about scaring yourself. About scaring your characters.

    They’re about reaching into those unexplored corners of yourself left over from childhood traumas, bad life experiences, emotional and physical wounds, paranoias and nightmares that you know you should be over emotionally– but somehow just aren’t.

    They’re about taking the childlike fears — the nonsensical monsters under the bed– we “know” we should dismiss — the fears just too bizarre, too unlikely to be real– and asking ourselves “what if they were?”

    Allowing our worst nightmares to come to life on the page, and in that way to come to peace– not with the reality which we depict…

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