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Screenwriter Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver) Guest Lecture at NYFA

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Paul Schrader wrote 2 drafts of Taxi Driver in 10 days on nothing but scotch whisky and Maalox. In this 2008 guest lecture series presented by New York Film Academy, Schrader discusses his personal life experiences (a...

“Writing the Hollywood Blockbuster” Speakers Series

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How simple is it to write a Hollywood blockbuster film script? This "Writing the Hollywood Blockbuster" Speakers Series is presented by the Scriptwriters Network. Guest panels include top writers, producers and enter...

Directors Roundtable: Tom Hooper, Lisa Cholodenko, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell, Derek Cianfrance, & Peter Weir

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Film directors Tom Hooper ('The King's Speech'), Lisa Cholodenko ('The Kids Are All Right'), Darren Aronofsky ('Black Swan'), David O. Russell ('The Fighter'), Derek Cianfrance ('Blue Valentine'), and Peter Weir ('The...

Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours) Discusses His Process

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Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) discusses the narrative pitfalls of flashbacks, character, and balancing humor with drama in his new film '127 Hours'. Interview highlights: He original...

Screenwriting for the Hollywood Studio System 101 by Ben Garant

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Screenwriter & producer Ben Garant at Loyola University New Orleans shares his personal experiences and insights on screenwriting and structuring a typical Hollywood story.

Matthew Weiner on Creating ‘Mad Men’

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In this video interview posted by Media Mayhem, Matthew Weiner, the creator and producer of the television series Mad Men, is interviewed by Allison Hope Weiner (his sister). Matthew offers a glimpse into his childhoo...

Judd Apatow on Writing & Directing Comedy

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Judd Apatow, the writer/director behind "Knocked Up", "The 40 Year Old Virgin" and "This is 40" discusses his career experiences and writing inspiration. This DP/30 interview was s hot in Los Angeles, November 2012.

Sofia Coppola Talks About Writing/Directing “Somewhere”

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Sundance DP/30 Interview with writer/director Sophia Coppola on her movie Somewhere. Trailer: Somewhere by Sofia Coppola

Anatomy Of Story: Screenwriting Series with John Truby

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John Truby has served as a consultant on over 1,000 film scripts over the past three decades, and is also known for thescreenwriting software program Blockbuster (originally "Storyline Pro"). This is the full "Anatomy...

THR Screenwriters Roundtable 2011

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The Hollywood Reporter writers roundtable with Aaron Sorkin (Moneyball), Steve Zaillan (Moneyball), Pedro Almodovar (The Skin I live In), D. L. Black (J. Edgar), Oren Moverman (Rampart) and Eric Roth (Extremely Loud a...

Paul Thomas Anderson Q&A at Arclight Hollywood

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A director Q&A with Paul Thomas Anderson at ArcLight Hollywood.

Aaron Sorkin on Writing ‘The Social Network’

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DP/30 interviews Aaron Sorkin, screenwriter for The Social Network. The Social Network is a 2010 American drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Adapted from Ben Mezrich's 2009 book The Acc...

Writing Screenplays for Film:

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Full Sail's Writing Instructor Dustin Lee offers an overview on how to write scripts and screenplays that deliver great stories.

The Craft of Writing: Pilar Alessandra

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Pilar Alessandra is the director of the popular writing program “On The Page” and author of “The Coffee Break Screenwriter.”   In this interview, Alessandra talks about the craft of writing, developing great dialogue,...

Scott Frank on Writing the Opening Scene

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In this lecture, screenwriter and director Scott Frank illustrates the importance of the opening scene. Scott Frank has written blockbusters such as Get Shorty,  Minority Report and The Wolverine.

Brian Helgeland on Screenwriting

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In this BAFTA screenwriters lecture, screenwriter Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River, A Knights Tale) explains what it feels like to win an Oscar an a Razzie on the same weekend, why he thinks writer's b...

William Goldman on Screenwriting and Life

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William Goldman is a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter that has won two Academy Awards for his screenplays, first for the western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1969 and again for All the President's Men i...

Tales From the Script: Career advice for screenwriters

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A 9 minute segment from the full-length 2009 documentary "Tales from The Script".  This clip offers career-focused advice on selling your script, the competition, dealing with rejection, and perseverance.  The full do...

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