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Sarah Cornelius is an Actor, Screenwriting Coach, and Executive at Whitewater Films. She made her screen debut in the acclaimed short film LEAVE YOU IN ME. Her vulnerably raw work in the film garnered her Best Actress Award wins at the NYC PictureStart Film Festival and LA's Show Off Your Short Film Festival. She's guest starred on numerous television series and recently appeared in a supporting role in the Lifetime TV movie DESPERATE WIDOWS. On the producing side, Whitewater Films recently released their latest film, SMALL ENGINE REPAIR with Jon Bernthal, which was produced by Rick Rosenthal and developed by Sarah. Last year, they premiered their feature Thriller THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR on the premium streaming platform SHUDDER. In 2019, they released STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN starring Billy Crystal & Ben Schwartz with first-time director Matt Ratner. Whitewater's film, THE LAST SHIFT premiered at Sundance 2020 with two time Oscar-nominee Richard Jenkins. In addition they produced FIRST GIRL I LOVED (Sundance winner), HALFWAY THERE (Sundance Episodic Showcase winner), SMALL ENGINE REPAIR (SXSW premiere). Full Bio »
Sarah Cornelius is an Actor, Screenwriting Coach, and Executive at Whitewater Films. She made her screen debut in the acclaimed short film LEAVE YOU IN ME. Her vulnerably raw work in the film garnered her Best Actress Award wins at the NYC PictureStart Film Festival and LA's Show Off Your Short Film Festival. She's guest starred on numerous television series and recently appeared in a supporting role in the Lifetime TV movie DESPERATE WIDOWS. On the producing side, Whitewater Films recently released their latest film, SMALL ENGINE REPAIR with Jon Bernthal, which was produced by Rick Rosenthal and developed by Sarah.
The Write Now Challenge
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"I really enjoyed this webcast last night, and got a lot out of it. Thank you so much Sarah, you are great! I loved the opportunity to look at the process from a different perspective, and keep on learning. And Amanda Toney huge shout out - it can't be easy to continually find new content, and new ways to present critical information for writers, yet you succeed time and again. NOTHING is stale here, and I love that and appreciate you very much for all you do for this community. Thank you!" - Tia P.
"So this was my FIRST webcast as a Writer's Room Member, and I thought it was a heck of a lotta fun. It was good to see familiar faces. Loved the approach with sides and discussing exposition writing vs. good dialogue. I look forward to popping in with all of you again!" - Joleene D.
The Stage 32 Feature Screenwriting Fellowship is accepting applications and part of it requires you to submit you bio. So why not use this month's challenge to hone your bio with the help of your Writers' Room community! Submit your one page (or less) bio.
Can you tell your whole story in just six sentences? This month, we're challenging you to use Pixar's dead-simple approach to outlining to breakdown your story or help you come up with something completely new!
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Write Now Challenge Webcast: A New Beginning! In this challenge - using the Breakdown Webcast: The First 10 Pages as a guide - you were asked to write (or rewrite) the opening of a feature or pilot using an technique you have not yet tried before. We had over 20 submissions and this super-sized webcast went a full 2 hours! During that time we read entries from members that were Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Drama, Romance, and much more!
Flashbacks Make sure your flashback scenes drive the plot forward, are not more dramatic than the present, reveal information about your character or situation, have a specific point of view.
In this challenge, members were asked to pick their favorite antagonist or villain from film, television or literature and in - ONLY ONE PAGE - write a monologue from his or her point of view. The participants could frame this as an interrogation, a negotiation, a confession, or a conspiratorial conversation. Most importantly, writers has to make sure the scene had conflict, and the character's point of view in his or her voice. During the webcast we heard from some of our favorite protagonists, including Loki from the Marvel Universe, Terence Fletcher of Whiplash, Commodus from Gladiator, Jack Bynes of Meet the Parents, and Lex Luther of Superman among many others.
How can you write to make the complex understandable? How can you describe a set piece that is both inventive and relatable? That is the goal for this month's Write Now Challenge!