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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 »
In this breakdown webcast, Jason discusses how the process for writing animated features has evolved from Walt Disney's first animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarves to Pixar's most recent 3D animated releases. Jason discusses how writing for animation is similar to live action and where the process differs. Using scenes and scripts from Up, Wall-E, Bug's Life, "The Simpsons" and more as examples, Jason explains how to apply the principles of animation writing to your work.
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We're back in the Writers' Room for the The Breakdown Webcast: Breaking Down "The Queen's Gambit" Pilot Script. "The Queen's Gambit" was watched by a staggering 62 million households in the first 28 days of release and won 15 awards, including the Golden Globe for Best Television Limited Series. During the webcast we break down the first episode of the series using excerpts of the book and the teleplay, as well as clips from the episode. Download Episode One of "The Queen's Gambit" by clicking here. During the webcast we discuss: The introduction and setup of the main and secondary characters The structure of Episode 1 and why it works perfectly to establish the foundation for the series How tone and theme are captured in Episode 1 Why THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT may be based on a novel, but the structure can be applied to any fiction pilot How to apply these principles to your own writing
We're back in the Writers Room for a special Breakdown Webcast: Breaking Down Career Goals for 2021! We're officially on the back-half of 2021 and this is a perfect time to assess what we have accomplished so far - and our goals for the remainder of the year. Are you on track? Are you ahead of where you thought you would be at this time? Do you need a bit more of a push and support from your fellow members? During this webcast our members discussed what they have accomplished so far this year, as well as their creative and professional goals for the rest of 2021.
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.
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.
Show, don't tell! We take a look at how screenwriters use silence in the horror film A QUIET PLACE, the caper film THE DEPARTED, the action-drama DRIVE, and the adventure of LORD OF THE RINGS.