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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 »
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.
The Write Now Challenge
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Whether it’s epic battles between giant robots, a street fight, or someone chasing after the love of their life at the airport, the vast majority of movies and television use at least a bit of action writing. So we are challenged you to write an original or polish a scene with action, and really focus on making those moments of movement pop!
In this challenge, you were asked to use The Breakdown Webcast: What the *&%$ is a Dramedy? as a guide to write a short scene (1-5 pages) that uses all of the principles discussed. Make sure to watch the Breakdown Webcast for those tips! You can find that by clicking here. We received some excellent submissions that all attempted to ride that fine line of truly being a "Dramedy."
We're back in the Writers' Room this afternoon for the Write Now Challenge Webcast: Your Goals for the Remainder of 2021 For this challenge, using the Breakdown Webcast: Goal Setting Worksheet as your guide, write down three screenwriting goals you have for the remainder of 2021.
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!
During the Write Now Challenge, we turned the spotlight - and the microphones - back over to you during the Write Now Challenge Webcast! Using the "Breakdown Webcast: Writing True Stories" as a guide, your challenge was to find a true story or subject of a biopic that resonates with you! Write a short document that details the subject of the project - whether a historic event, historical figure, or a combination of both - including a "way into the story," principal character(s), basic synopsis, potential themes for exploration, and why it resonates with you as the writer. During the webcast, participants discussed true stories and historical figures that were either well-known or obscure, but all riveting! Participants described accounts from the US Civil War, Korean War, legal battles, pro-wrestling, and many more!
For this challenge, using the Breakdown Webcast: Why Can't We Be Friends as your guide, craft a 1-3 page scene of conflict amongst allies.