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Allen James Roughton is the Stage 32 Script Services Coordinator, a screenwriter, reader and development researcher who has consulted on over 100 projects, scripts, books, comics and films and conducted research on life stories, exposés, professions and locations for development at major production companies. Full Bio »
Writers can't rely on jump-scares and creepy music, so how do screenwriters create tension on the page? We'll take a look at needling suspense of THE BABADOOK, the tension just below the surface in GET OUT, the apocalyptic horror of “The Walking Dead”, and the creeps and chills of IT.
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We're back in the Writers Room this afternoon for The Breakdown Webcast with Development Executive at Cooke Media Group, Laura Woodworth! We breakdown produced screenplays focusing on a different aspect of writing every webcast.
We're back in the Writers Room for The Breakdown Webcast: Special Summer Series: Developing a Healthy Mindset for Screenwriters with Special Guest Jasmin Bristow, Mindfulness and Emotional Wellness Coaching. Join us as we finish our summer series with Dr. Debra Holland, Psychotherapist, and New York Times and USA Today bestselling authorA writer’s life has its own special stresses, especially dealing with rejection, the criticism of our heartfelt work, and juggling a fluctuating (and often low) income. Dr. Debra will present strategies for boosting mental health and enhancing motivation. All are welcome!
We're back in the Writers Room this afternoon for The Breakdown Webcast with Tim Ogletree Tim Ogletree is a producer and screenwriter. Most recently, his original screenplay FANTASY FOOTBALL was acquired by Lebron James’ SpringHill Entertainment and produced alongside Nickelodeon and Genius Entertainment. Shot on a budget of $26M, Fantasy Football stars Marsai Martin, Kelly Rowland, and Omari Hardwick, and is currently streaming on Paramount+. Tim wrote the sci-fi action film DEAD ZONE for Automatic Entertainment, now streaming as a Tubi Original. Previous to that, he produced the award-winning independent rom-com BREAKING THEM UP, starring Kelen Coleman and Stephen Schneider, which received a domestic theatrical release and is now available on streaming. Tim and producing partner Bennett LeBarre were Executive Producers on the supernatural thriller BECOMING, starring Toby Kebbell and distributed by Gravitas Ventures. To kickstart his career, Tim produced his first feature film based on his original screenplay, zombie comedy THE WALKING DECEASED, directed by Scott Dow. Shot for a budget of $130,000, the independent movie was released theatrically nationwide grossing over $1.3M worldwide. The success of The Walking Deceased led to his inspirational family movie ROUND OF YOUR LIFE, starring Richard T Jones and Katie Leclerc, released theatrically in over 20 US cities, followed by releases in Australia, Asia, and Latin America across all platforms.
Nick Waters is a Producer and Writer with the horror film, MARGAUX for Paramount Pictures, a comedy with Chloe Grace Moretz and the horror feature SHELTER IN PLACE. Nick will discuss the 8-Sequence Act Structure for Features!
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Breakdown Webcast: Writing Ensembles! An ensemble film is different from most lone protagonist-driven movies because it has a lot of main protagonists (some who are depicted as supporting characters though) that have roughly the same amount of "screen time" and importance in the screenplay. During this webcast, we discuss the challenge of giving every character in your ensemble a human turn while placing them in the context of the narrative. We examine some of our favorite projects including PRINCESS BRIDE, PARENTHOOD, "BRIDGERTON", THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE USUAL SUSPECTS, and more to see how the characters - and their goals - come together. We also discuss tips on how you can balance all of the characters in your ensemble piece while crafting compelling obstacles for them to overcome (either together or separately).
Love is in the air in the Writers' Room! We are kicking off a brand new month this week with the Breakdown Webcast: Writing Romantic Comedies! Jason was speaking with a Senior Vice President of Development at an A-List production company who said, "Every studio executive is asking me for Rom Coms!" If you look at recent trends, it is clear they are on a come back. We will break down the beats of a Romantic Comedy so that you as a writer approach writing without falling into the trap of tired cliches. We will also explore how to take the storytelling conventions and turn them on their head. We will examine films and series including When Harry Met Sally, 500 Days of Summer, The Apartment, Knocked Up, What Women Want and more to find out what makes these projects work and how we can apply those same principles to our writing!