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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 »
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!
You'll learn how to write the complex and make it understandable.
The Write Now Challenge
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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."
Most Execs will toss a script if they aren't hooked in the first 5 pages. We challenged you to create or polish a teaser or opening sequence that builds a world, characters, and plot that leave us begging to read more!
In this challenge, members were asked to write one side of a phone conversation. The challenge is to give us the full idea of the story, the conflict, the relationship between the characters, and the ultimate resolution. The key to this exercise is to make the stakes high! Can the writer phrase their character’s dialogue so that the phone call still makes sense - and give us the exposition we need? During this webcast we received a number of fantastic entries that spanned genres, including Rom Com, Thriller, Drama, and Comedy, and more!
A first ever for the Writers' Room! Audrey Knox will critique the logline submissions she finds the most intriguing. Audrey Knox is a TV literary manager at The Cartel - a management and production company. Audrey staffed her client on the series "UPSHAWS" for Netflix. She also co-represents the Showrunner behind Mindy Kaling's "THE SEX LIVES OF COLLEGE GIRLS" on HBO Max.
Write a 1-3 page scene that you will actually be able to shoot within the rest of 2022. Make sure it is producible for a reasonable budget. Limit characters, locations, and action - but give us a compelling story in 3 pages!