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Laurie Ashbourne got her start in the industry with Walt Disney Studios, she is a writer-producer, artist, and script doctor with over 25 produced credits to her name and many in various stages of production right now, including a sitcom with Kenan Thompson, an animated feature with the director of MULAN, and an original story she wrote (10-31) was recently purchased and fast-tracked to production with acclaimed producers Eli Roth and Roger Birnbaum. A feature length Christmas comedy she wrote and produced is in post production for release in 2022. She also acts as a creative producer in the documentary space, with renown directors such as David Modigliani (RUNNING WITH BETO, 61 BULLETS, CRAWFORD) and Robert Greenwald (XANADU, STEAL THIS MOVIE) and his Brave New Films banner where she co-produced, SUPPRESSED - the fight to vote (2020), and RACIALLY CHARGED (2021), featuring two-time Oscar winner, Mahershala Ali. She also runs a busy development services company for independent creators. Full Bio »
We're back in the Writers Room this afternoon for a special The Breakdown Webcast with Industry Veteran Producer and Writer, Laurie Ashbourne!
Laurie Ashbourne is a writer-producer, artist, and script doctor with over 25 produced credits to her name and many in various stages of production right now, including a sitcom with Kenan Thompson, an animated feature with the director of MULAN, and an original story she wrote (10-31) was recently purchased and fast-tracked to production with acclaimed producers Eli Roth and Roger Birnbaum.
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We love to hate them...or hate to love them! We're kicking off another month of a packed Writers' Room schedule with the Breakdown Webcast: Antagonists! During one of our character building webcasts, we noted that many of our examples of great characters, were characters who we traditionally see as antagonists! So let's dig in and really explore what makes these baddies so good. Stories need conflict, certainly, but conflict doesn't have to come at the hands of a cackling, mustache-twirling supervillain. There's more than one way to shape your story's antagonist! During this webcast we'll discuss 4 types of antagonists, 6 ways in which to develop a well-rounded and authentic antagonist, how to intrude your antagonists and explore our favorite antagonists from film and television, and a whole lot 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 this afternoon for a special Breakdown Webcast: "Well This is Awkward..."! We all know those incredibly cringeworthy scenes in film and television when moments between characters get very awkward. Whether played for Comedy or Drama, we will examine moments in film & TV when characters just can't seem to get out the right words.
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!
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Breakdown Webcast: Writing Character Introductions. This Breakdown topic comes from several writers who want to discuss the best ways to introduce characters within their feature and television scripts. So, we'll breaking down the scripts and clips from some of the most notable films and series to see how characters are introduced on the page - and on screen. We will also discuss tips on how you can introduce characters in a way that makes a great first impression - no matter if they are your protagonist, antagonists, or simply the goofy sidekick.