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Jason Mirch is Stage 32's Director of Script Services and host of the Writers' Room. Outside of this role, he is a feature film, television, branded entertainment, and digital content producer and executive with over 15 years experience. Most recently, he produced a 3D animated feature film starring Jacob Tremblay, Christopher Lloyd, Mel Brooks, and Carol Kane. Full Bio »
Flashbacks are not meant to be a storytelling crutch, but rather a tool used to reveal additional backstory or subvert the audiences expectation of a character or situation. We will examine Casablanca, The Usual Suspects & Casino Royale.
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We're back in the Writers Room this afternoon for The Breakdown Webcast with Matt Ember! Matt Ember is a writer/producer who has worked on over 20 feature films and television shows including THE CONNERS on ABC, THE WAR WITH GRANDPA with Robert Deniro, GET SMART with Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway and FAILURE TO LAUNCH with Matthew McConaghey and Sarah Jessica Parker and many more.
We're back in the Writers' Room for the first Breakdown Webcast of 2021! At some point we have heard a note that “your story feels flat" or "your second act is weak" or "this won’t sustain for 100 minutes." If that is the case, there is a good chance that you have an underdeveloped (or perhaps no) B-Stories or Subplots. That is why we will be breaking down story structure to find out exactly what B-Stories and a Subplots are, and how we can incorporate them into our writing. Using clips from INCEPTION, BACK TO THE FUTURE, and DIE HARD, we'll examine how the B-Stories and Subplots of these narratives help drive the second act and create a more impactful story. After the webcast, make sure to head on over to the Private Lounge to discuss your thoughts on the best B-Stories and Subplots.
We’re back in the Writers’ Room for the Breakdown with Michael Kaplan. We breakdown produced screenplays focusing on a different aspect of writing every webcast. Join us as Michael breaks down their episode of FRASIER.
We're back in the Writers Room this afternoon for The Breakdown with Eric Zimmerman. Eric Zimmerman was a Writer/Producer on Freeform's BABY DADDY for its entire 100 episode run. Eric got his start on IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA by doing the one thing you're never supposed to do - handing the creators a spec of their own series. Since then, he's spent the last fifteen years staffed on a wide variety of comedies - from adult animated shows like MONGO WRESTLING ALLIANCE (Adult Swim) and the critically-acclaimed DAN VS (The Hub). Last year, he finished his third and final season as a Co-EP on the multi-cam SYDNEY TO THE MAX (Disney). In addition to staffing, he's recently sold several kids and family projects to Disney and Netflix. He currently has a multi-cam project in development at Disney. When Eric's not busy writing, he enjoys spending time with his young daughter, playing basketball, and rewriting his bio.
Remember that every line of dialogue matters, every image has a purpose, and there are no wasted bullets in the gun! We're kicking off another month of a packed Writers' Room schedule with the Breakdown Webcast: Exposition as Ammunition! Many writers struggle with how to get out critical information and backstory to the audience in an organic way. So during this webcast, we discuss how to get the audience the information they need without a lecture they don't want. During this webcast we'll discuss different ways of getting out information in a way that feels organic to the narrative and the characters. We examine some of the best - and worst - examples from film and television!
We’re back in the Writers’ Room for the Breakdown with Brandon Gale (Producer/Script Coordinator). We breakdown produced screenplays focusing on a different aspect of writing every webcast. Join us as Brandon breaks down OCEAN'S ELEVEN.