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beautiful boy

Beautiful Boy-Where Does Screenplay Structure Come From?

Beautiful Boy-Where Does Screenplay Structure Come From? This week we’re going to be talking about Beautiful Boy by Luke Davis and Felix van Groeningen. This is a particularly interesting film to discuss in light of our last podcast where we talked about Destroyer and the use of flashbacks in a movie, because Beautiful Boy is also built around flashbacks, but

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Mandy interview with linus roache

MANDY: An Interview with Linus Roache

Jake: I’m here with Linus Roache, a Golden Globe nominated actor that you probably recognize from Homeland, Vikings, Law and Order, Batman Begins, Chronicles of Riddick, Priest and a ton of other features and TV shows. Linus was just in Mandy with Nicolas Cage, so we’re going to be talking a little bit about that movie. And Linus is also a writer in

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BLACKKKLANSMAN ADAPTING A TRUE LIFE STORY

BlacKkKlansman: Adapting a True Life Story

This week we’re going to be talking about BlacKkKlansman by Spike Lee, Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott. When I first went out to see BlacKkKlansman, my hope was that I was going to be able to do a podcast about how to write a movie for a political change— to talk about the confluence of race and politics

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Succession TV Series

SUCCESSION PART 2: How To Write Subtext In Your Dialogue

In the last podcast we looked at the engine of Succession. We looked at the way each episode was put together, and the way that all these characters come together in each episode to create the season. So today, rather than thinking globally, we’re going to think locally. Rather than looking at the big structure of the piece, we’re going

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SUCCESSION VS ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT: THE SERIES ENGINE

SUCCESSION vs ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT: The Series Engine

This week we’re going to be talking about Succession. If you haven’t already seen the whole season, don’t worry. We aren’t going to give away any major spoilers. What we’re going to be looking at this week is the structure of Succession: the way that this piece is actually put together and the way the season is created so that

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HEREDITARY: THE POWER OF THE FIRST & LAST IMAGE

HEREDITARY: The Power of the First & Last Image

This week we’ll be talking about Hereditary written and directed by Ari Aster. I want to start by talking about the first image of this film. So, if you’re worried about spoilers, we will get to some spoilers later, but you can listen to the beginning of this podcast without concern. The first image of Hereditary is the most important

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Katie Torpey THE HERO WRITES ITSELF: INTERVIEW WITH KATIE TORPEY

The Hero Writes Itself: Interview with Katie Torpey

Jake: I am here today with Katie Torpey, our newest teacher. She is teaching our TV Drama Classes, Write Your Screenplay I, Write Your Screenplay II, Write Your Screenplay III, and The Writing Lab. Welcome, nice to have you.  Katie: Thanks for having me, I am very excited. Jake: I would love to start off by talking a little bit about

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a quiet place podcast dialogue action & the theme of your screenplay

A QUIET PLACE Part 2: Dialogue, Action & The Theme of Your Screenplay

In the first installment of this podcast, we looked at A Quiet Place in relation to writing action and discussed how all of screenplay formatting really exists for one purpose: to isolate visual moments of action. By isolating visual moments of action we can hypnotize the reader into seeing, hearing, and feeling the story in their mind’s eye, rather than

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THE SECRETS OF SCREENPLAY FORMAT

The Secrets Of Screenplay Format: Part 1

Want to see an early draft of A Quiet Place? We found a copy of the A Quiet Place Screenplay for you. This week we are going to be looking at A Quiet Place by Scott Beck, Bryan Woods, and John Krasinski. Everyone who knows anything about A Quiet Place has commented on the way it uses the visual medium

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Isle Of Dogs Vs. Roseanne – Writing For Political Change

Isle Of Dogs Vs. Roseanne – Writing For Political Change

Please note, this podcast was recorded prior to the recent scandals surrounding Roseanne Barr. We have chosen to leave the podcast on our site because we feel it may have information that is valuable to writers. But the analysis was based upon what the show appeared to be after the airing of the pilot. As recent events have shown, rather

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