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Rich "RB" Botto is a producer, writer, and actor himself, and he and Jason have been on both sides of the table of hundreds of General Meetings. During this webcast, RB and Jason discuss how screenwriters should approach a general meeting, how to prepare for a general meeting, what to expect once you are in the room, and how to follow up so the first meeting turns into another meeting. This is essential information that every writer should be aware of!
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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: Tackling Tone. Tone is the most elusive element of screenwriting. Particularly because much of the tone of a project is conveyed by much more than just the script. Tone is really the culmination of every artistic and aesthetic choice made during the production process from the screenplay, the angles of the camera, the choices the actors make, cinematography, pacing of a scene, music, costume design, and more. During this webcast, we discuss how to capture tone on the page in ways that you are able to convey a vision that can be interpreted by the other artists who will come to work on the project. We examine some of our favorite films and television series to see how tone was captured on the page and then realized on the screen. We also discuss tips on how you can achieve balance and clarity in your tone.
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 take a look at how writers use cutaways to drive home punchlines in Family Guy and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, explain big ideas in The Big Short, give historical context in Narcos, and frame stories in The Princess Bride.
As we enter the final month of 2021, it seems appropriate that we breakdown the final of the three acts. The Third Act can make or break your story. During this webcast we will use clips and scripts from your favorites to uncover what makes a 3rd Act work.
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!