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Welcome to The Screenwriting Life. Join us as professional screenwriters, Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna, whose combined credits include writing and production on such films as Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and Captain Marvel discuss the craft, journey and business of writing for the screen. From dialogue to delivery, Meg and Lorien will guide you through the process, offering inside tips and tricks to help you become the best writer you can be. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescr ...
 
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We have all been very busy so our new episodes for the next two weeks will be dropping on Mondays. Thanks for your patience!--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support
 
There are few jobs more mentally strenuous than that of a writer. Rejection. Writers block. Notes. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. But today, bestselling author and thought leader Dr. Kristin Neff - renowned for her decades of research - is here to teach us about the beauty and the POWER of self-compassion. It will fundamentally shift the way you see you exec…
 
Patrick Osborne may have won an Oscar for his short film feast, but finding the conviction to stick to his creative "North Star" while writing is still a journey. Find out how he does it on today's episode. Patrick Osborne - is An Oscar, Emmy, and Peabody winning (and even Grammy Nominated) Writer/Director and animator. Patrick animated on a bunch …
 
Tone is consistently one of the most challenging things that Screenwriters face. What is it and how do we capture it on the page? We're thrilled to be joined by super-producer and friend-of-the-show Sheila Hanahan Taylor to unpack ALL of that today. Buckle up! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support…
 
Today, we take more questions from our brilliant listeners about: script readability, pilot v. feature format, and how to (as always) mine more emotionality from our characters. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support
 
Meg and Lorien are BACK from their labs (Africa and Italy respectively - casual), and they have LOTS of thoughts. We discuss how to be great mentors, and of course, for our listeners, great mentees. This is your ultimate writing lab guidebook. SEE MEG AND LORIEN IN AUSTIN MEG + Joe's Workshop Saturday October 29, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am CDT St. David…
 
Matthew Gentile has wanted to be a filmmaker since seeing Dog Day Afternoon as a 12-year-old. After graduating from AFI and winning an Emmy for his short FRONTMAN, Matthew's debut feature is about to drop theatrically This Friday. How does a first time feature filmmaker snag Tom Pelphrey, Jacki Weaver, Idina Menzel, and Ryan Phillippe for his cast?…
 
Lorien is still living her best life in Italy, so Jeff and Meg hit the mic to take YOUR questions, wherin we discuss main relationships, subtext with your lava, and widow words!--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support
 
Do you have a pen and paper? Might want to grab them now... Andrew Stanton wrote and directed Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, and Wall-E, all of which consistently rank among the best films of this century, and best animated films ever made. In live action storytelling, he's become a critically acclaimed director, working on shows like Stranger Things …
 
How did one writers group produce 3 Nicholl winners in 6 years? Hard work, dedication, and a highly conscientious and regimented approach to getting shit done. Today, Nicholl winners Alisha Brophy and Scott Miles get into ALL of the details of their notoriously successful writers group, and how you can succeed too.--- Support this podcast: https://…
 
What is the Metaverse, and why does it matter? Ask Ben Grosmann... In 2013, he was nominated for an Academy Award for the film Star Trek Into Darkness. In 2012, he won an Academy Award for the film Hugo. In 2006, he won an Emmy for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for the Scifi Miniseries The Triangle. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/…
 
Whether it's the logistics of procuring rights, the challenging of changing an ending, or the fear of meeting that author who originated the story you're telling, adaptation invites a LOT of questions. Today, we discuss them! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support
 
Jen Grisanti thought she had her dream job as a studio exec at Paramount/CBS, but when her contract wasn't renewed AND she was working through a very public divorce, she realized she was given the greatest gift she could have a storyteller: wounds and a potential to heal those wounds. This new philosophy has helped Jen create a new approach to writ…
 
Dan O'Shannon has worked on some of American television's most iconic shows in history, but for him, every new project is a refreshed exercise in humility and starting again. Dan talks about what makes something funny, how to draw UNIQUE comedic characters, and what it really takes to succeed in our business in writer. DAN'S BOOK: https://www.amazo…
 
Yes. That's right. Today we're bringing you ONE HUNDRED lessons we've learned about writing, in honor of...yes, that's right, our 100th episode!!! Enjoy! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support
 
We wanted to give our listeners a preview of our PATREON, so you'll hearing three bite-sized samples for some of our workshops. If you're interested in joining the Patreon, you can sign up here: www.patreon.com/TheScreenwritingLife For questions/sign up info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHnbm7i9udM --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/th…
 
There may be no topic we discuss more on this show than Lava, so we decided to put an episode together unpacking the entire volcano. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support
 
We're BACK. After vacations, appointments, film festivals, and, oh yeah, writing, Meg, Lorien and Jeff check back in to discuss what they've been learning about their writing and themsleves in the last 6 weeks. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support
 
Thanks to our intern BORIS for cutting together another great BEST OF episode. Today we feature clips from the following episodes: 88 | Alex Kurtzman & Jenny Lumet: Why Destabilization Is Essential For Your Writing 86 | Dr. Strange 2 Writer Michael Waldron On Emotionally Authentic Writing 90 | Finding The Thematic “Thesis Statement” Of Your Script …
 
Many writer/directors have gotten their starts with short films. Today we discuss what makes a great short, and how they can help (and not help) advance your career as a writer! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support
 
Another WONDERFUL story workshop from Meg + Lorien. To see Jeff's film in CLEVELAND on 7/6 @ 7:30pm, buy tickets here: https://omniwebticketing6.com/cleveland/cedarlee/?schdate=2022-07-06&perfix=131376 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support
 
David F.M. Vaughn, award-winning actor, director, composer, and writer, is obsessed with getting detailed about the behind-the-scenes aspects of this sometimes very mysterious business. Having just come off of his first staffing gig, David has TONS of insight about what a writers room REALLY looks, and how we can prepare for them. --- Support this …
 
Writing can feel like a never ending grind, but we of course need to find the space to take a vacation. Today we talk about how and WHY it's essential to our process. TO LEAVE AN APPLE PODCAST REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAG8mgrVQys --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support…
 
Maggie Cohn and her co-showrunner Antonio Campos knew that in adapting one of the most popular documentaries of all time (The Staircase), they had to have their own fresh take. And in finding this, Maggie discovered that she uncovered a unifying “thesis statement” to keep her story and emotional thematic on rails as they wrote. It’s a fascinating c…
 
For Joey Tucccio, the founder of Roadmap Writers, "you're a human first, and a writer second." Excelling at your craft has as much to do with your understanding of yourself as it does with your writing, and Joey goes DEEP on all of that, today! FOR MORE ON ROADMAP WRITERS: https://www.roadmapwriters.com/ TO SEE JEFF'S MOVIE: Click the link below an…
 
Both Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman are giants in our industry, and yet, they’re the FIRST to admit that every project is a brand new journey filled with excitement, fear, beauty, panic, and a profound sense of mystery. Find out how and why their new show The Man Who Fell To Earth was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of their ca…
 
Despite having written for multiple scripted series, SNL, and now Showrunning her own animated series, the essence of good writing remains simple for Anna Drezen: "Write about what you're obsessed with." --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support
 
Whether it's a gritty wrestling drama like Heels, an animated satire like Rick and Morty, or a blockbuster romp through multi universes like Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Michael Waldron knows that emotionally honest storytelling is always central to a successful story. Today we unpack how to zero in on the emotional truth of your story…
 
Pat Verducci is a celebrated writing coach, story analyst, and produced writer/director, but at her most basic, Pat wants to help every writer planet earth getting closer to the story their heart wants to tell. Today, she walks through how YOU can do the same thing, and become your own writing coach as you unpack your story. --- Support this podcas…
 
Thinking is an essential part of the creative process, but at a certain point, we just have to WRITE. Have you been over thinking?How to leave a review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_xz5XbWQTgCome see us in San Luis Obispo: https://slofilmfest.org/The Goddess of Brokenness: http://www.sutrajournal.com/akhilandeshwari-the-power-of-brokenness-by-…
 
Today we are ENORMOUSLY lucky to be joined by the insanely accomplished writer, director, fellowship export Lisanne Sartor, who in some ways, is the godmother of our podcast. She breaks down EVERYTHING we need to know about the process - the good, the bad, and the ugly, and how you can use opportunities to best propel YOUR career. Interested in an …
 
Actress, playwright, professor, intern, story manager, showrunner. Despite Lorien's multifaceted career, one theme has unified every role she's taken on: storytelling. What did Lorien do when her MFA professor she didn't have what it takes? She doubled down. More on that in the show... Follow Quincey's Diabetes Journey Here!: https://www.youtube.co…
 
What is the most common note writers get? It almost ALWAYS relates to character "wants." Today, Meg and Lorien breakdown why character wants matter more than almost anything, how to incorporate them into your work, and why they'll help propel your story all to fade out. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support…
 
Hey TSL Family! Lorien is BACK, and as you can imagine, our team had a lot to catch up on. As our conversation evolved, it seems the writing Gods were all pointing us toward the same thing: how to take care our writer selves when we're feeling overwhelmed. I (and so many in the Facebook group) feel grateful that Lorien has let us into the struggles…
 
In today's very special episode, we interview one of Hollywood's most interesting, dynamic, and all around WONDERFUL industry veterans...Meg LeFauve!! And a VERY special guest joins in the fun... --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support
 
We've mentioned it many times on the show, so it's time we finally dive in; what exactly are character poles? Today is a masterclass from Meg, who dives into what she means when she says "character poles," how we can identify the concept using classics examples in staple films, and how we can apply it to our own work. Also, Jeff went on an unhealth…
 
Writers always have tons of questions when it comes to representation - and who better to answer them than...Meg's manager! Charlie Gogolak has thrived in this business for decades, both as a manager and producer, and today, we ask the questions that both emerging and professional writers are dying to know. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.…
 
Being a successful creative is all about give and take, and ANYONE who’s gotten feedback knows that paying it forward is an essential part of finding success in this business. But HOW do we give great notes? We dive into it today! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support…
 
Whether or not we want to admit it, being seen and getting staffed is easier if we can tell others WHO we are as writers. Industry powerhouse Alison Mann believes this so strongly that she has her clients create "brand decks" when she pitches them for jobs. And for Alison, it's just as much for their potential partners as it is for her clients them…
 
There are few jobs more mentally strenuous than that of a writer. Rejection. Writers block. Notes. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. But today, bestselling author and thought leader Dr. Kristin Neff - renowned for her decades of research - is here to teach us about the beauty and the POWER of self-compassion. It will fundamentally shift the way you see you exec…
 
Hi All! We're BACK with another greatest hits episode featuring some of our industry's best television writers. Today, you'll hear from: TSL TV Writers - best of Javier Grillo-Marxuach (ep 46) Sam Bain (ep 62) Marti Noxon (ep 40) Shantira Jackson and Dewayne Perkins (ep 69) Sean Presant (ep 61) Stacy Rukeyser (ep 60) THANK YOU to Jess Fisher who pu…
 
Happy Holidays TSL Fam!!! In this greatest hits episode, we provide insight from some of our sharpest guests to help YOU create the most interesting, compelling, and ACTIVE characters you can. Today's show features insights from: Mike Jones Ed Solomon Sheila Hanahan Taylor Javier Grillo-Marxuach Stacy Rukeyser Nicole Perlman Sam Bain Enjoy! As alwa…
 
Today we feature of two of Hollywood’s most exciting up-and-comers, Caitlin Vukorpa and Zoe Cheng, who both have experience in writer’s rooms and agencies to answer all of the questions you’ve ever wondered about that path. Is it possible to do both? Will the experience help you in your career? Stay tuned to find out! --- Support this podcast: http…
 
Stephen Karam is the Tony Award-winning author of The Humans, Sons of the Prophet and Speech & Debate. For his work he’s received two Drama Critics Circle Awards, an OBIE Award and is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist. Stephen recently directed his first feature film, a rethought version of The Humans for A24 films, to be released in 2021. He wrot…
 
Emmy-nominated writers Shantira Jackson and Dewayne Perkins are some of comedy's most exciting rising voices, but their journey hasn't been a short one. From sketch shows in the middle of Idaho to writing for the WGA awards, Shantira and Dewayne break down their journey and offer incredible advice. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescr…
 
Beyond craft, one of the most important aspects of building your career is developing emotional agility to really excel through the rejection and feedback that accompanies the creative journey. Today we hear from some of our amazing guests to hear how THEY have navigated through the process. Enjoy! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescr…
 
Putting a project in the desk drawer to start something new can feel like a betrayal, but sometimes it's the right step. How can we elegantly move on, but still stay loyal to our beautiful calling? We discuss it today! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support
 
Monique N. Matthews is many things - a producer, a respected screenwriting professor, a social justice advocate, but mostly, she's a brilliant writer. Dive down the rabbit hole with Monique today, AND make sure to catch her feature "A Holiday In Harlem" TODAY (Sun, Nov 14) on Hallmark!! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritingli…
 
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