Friday, December 15, 2017
Orange County Screenwriters Association


Jeff Lyons Event - Anatomy of a Premise Line

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IF A STORY IS GOING TO FAIL, IT WILL DO SO FIRST AT THE PREMISE LEVEL.

JOIN US ON MARCH 4th, 10:00am to learn from noted story analyst Jeff Lyons how to identify and fix problems in your story BEFORE you begin to write.

Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success is the only book of its kind to identify a seven-step development process that can be repeated and applied to any story idea.

SEATING IS LIMITED! BOOK NOW! RESERVE YOUR SEAT

REGISTER NOW!

WHAT: Seminar & Bruncheon Cost includes Breakfast Buffet

WHEN: Saturday, March 4th TIME: 10:00-2:00

WHERE: Claim Jumper Restaurant Banquet Room 18050 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708 (714) 963-6711

HOW MUCH: $22.50 in advance $25.00 at the door.

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Mark Sevi

mark 115x115Mark Sevi is a professional screenwriter, screenwriting teacher (Irvine Vallley College) and the founder of the OC Screenwriters Association.


BACKGROUND:

Mark has been a professional writer for many years.  Before he embarked on a writing career he was a professional musician for ten years, and small business owner for a time.

He's mentioned that in looking back, he feels his entire life had been preparing to work in film and it remains his abiding joy.

CURRENTLY:

Mark's scriptwriting career has spanned two decades.  In that time he has sold 30 scripts, had 19 produced into movies, including "Devil's Knot" the true story of the West Memphis Three starring Oscar-winning actors Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth.

Mark also teach scriptwriting for the past several years at Irvine Valley College.  His classes have never stopped, ongoing for at least a decade and a half. 

Mark also lectures at colleges and events.

FAVORITE QUOTES:

  • I am joyfully participating in the sorrows of life. ~ Joseph Campbell
  • Have you ever heard of insect politics? ~ "The Fly"
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"Gold" Writing Team Patrick Massett & John Zinman Teach Us How to Write Practical Scenes



To write "Gold", duo Patrick Massett & John Zinman drew from their background in acting to develop practical scenes. They also looked to "Amadeus" for inspiration on "peeling back layers" and "turning over the final card".

Don’t forget to subscribe to The Insider View Podcast on iTunes!

Original author: Final Draft
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"Hunt for the Wilderpeople" Writer/Director Taika Waititi Talks Keeping Your Audience Engaged



Writer, actor, director Taika Waititi tells us about creating a new comedy scene in New Zealand and how to keep people feeling like they're a part of your story. He also let slip the inspirations for his What We Do in the Shadows character Viago: His mother combined with C-3PO. 

Don’t forget to subscribe to The Insider View Podcast on iTunes!

Original author: Final Draft
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"Arrival" Screenwriter Eric Heisserer on NASA, Palindromes and Breaking the Rules of Writing



Eric Heisserer brings the science world to our doorstep and tells us what it's like to break unspoken rules while writing. 

Don’t forget to subscribe to The Insider View Podcast on iTunes!

Original author: Final Draft
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"Jackie" Screenwriter Noah Oppenheim Discusses the Custodian of a Presidential Legacy



Screenwriter Noah Oppenheim talks with us about writing his first screenplay "Jackie" and the inspiration he drew from Jackie Kennedy as the custodian and myth-maker of her husband's legacy.

Don’t forget to subscribe to The Insider View Podcast on iTunes!

Original author: Final Draft
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"Lion" Screenwriter Luke Davies Talks the "Rapid, Intense Process of Writing"



Screenwriter Luke Davies sits down with us to discuss how he fell in love with the story behind "Lion". 

Don’t forget to subscribe to The Insider View Podcast on iTunes!

 

Original author: Final Draft
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Hacksaw Ridge Screenwriter Robert Schenkkan Talks Heroism and Writing Battlegrounds

Hacksaw Ridge Screenwriter Robert Schenkkan Talks Heroism and Writing Battlegrounds

Robert Schenkkan returns to our podcast to discuss heroism and writing battlegrounds in his latest, Hacksaw Ridge - in theaters now. 

Don’t forget to subscribe to The Insider View Podcast on iTunes!

Original author: Final Draft
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"The Girl On The Train" Screenwriter, Erin Cressida Wilson Talks Inherent Storytelling


Screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson takes us behind the scenes of the thriller The Girl On The Train and dives back into her days teaching screenwriting to divulge her storytelling secrets.

Original author: Final Draft
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Robert Schenkkan: "All The Way" from Stage to HBO

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Acclaimed writer Robert Schenkkan talks to Final Draft about Lyndon Johnson, Bryan Cranston and adapting his Tony Award winning, historical play for HBO.

All The Way premiers Saturday, May 21st on HBO. Check your local listings!

Original author: Final Draft
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"Empire" Writer Eric Haywood on Music Videos and Finishing Your Writing


Eric Haywood, writer and producer on Fox's hit show, Empire, shares his background in music videos and the mindset it takes to get your story on the page. 

Watch Empire Wednesday nights 9/8c on Fox!

Original author: Final Draft
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Bryan Sipe Discusses "Demolition" and His Own Creative Path Through Loss

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Screenwriter Bryan Sipe opens up to us about the origins of Demolition and his own struggle through the creative process. 

In the film, Jake Gyllenhaal's character is told, "to understand what's broken, you have to take it all apart," Sipe says. Here, Sipe deconstructs his writing process for us as well. 

Demolition is out in theaters today, April 8th!

Original author: Final Draft
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Bob Nelson on "The Confirmation" and the Merits of the Dramedy Genre

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We talked to Bob Nelson, screenwriter of Nebraska, about his latest film The Confirmation, his background in comedy and the origin story of Bill Nye the Science Guy. 

The Confirmation is out in theaters and on iTunes March, 18th. 

Original author: Final Draft
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Julie Delpy Talks About Her New Film Lolo

Julie Delpy Talks About Her New Film Lolo

Julie Delpy writes, directs and stars in her new film Lolo. Here she talks with us about the bonds of parenthood, French humor and what inspired her love of writing.

Lolo is out in theaters Friday, March 11th.

Original author: Final Draft
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Straight Outta Compton

American music isn't just jazz.

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The Big Short Co-Writer Charles Randolph Stops By The Insider View Podcast

The Big Short Co-Writer Charles Randolph Stops By The Insider View Podcast

Charles Randolph, co-writer of The Big Short, drops by the Insider View Podcast to chat with host, Pete D'Alessandro about his background in aesthetic philosophy, working with Adam McKay and what makes credit default swaps such a fascinating film topic. 

 The Big Short is out in theaters now. 

Original author: Final Draft
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Final Draft Insider View with The Revenant Screenwriter Mark L. Smith

Final Draft Insider View with The Revenant Screenwriter Mark L. Smith

Listen as Mark L. Smith, screenwriter of The Revenant, talks to Insider View host Pete D'Alessandro about everything from Colorado dude ranches to drafting screenplays before pitching. 

 

The Revenant is out in wide release today - January 8th, 2016!

 

 

 

Original author: Final Draft
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Final Draft Insider View with Filmmaker Andrew Jenks

Final Draft Insider View with Filmmaker Andrew Jenks

Andrew Jenks, award-winning twenty-something American filmmaker, explains how to find the story in documentaries, and how the story often leads you to discover material you were never expecting. From the realities of nursing homes to  a young man fighting to get a wrongful conviction overturned, Jenks finds moving topics and uses his storytelling skills to craft unforgettable documentaries. In addition to his filmmaking, he is also the host of MTV's very popular documentary series World of Jenks. If all that work werent enough to keep him busy, he is the founder of the All-American High School Film Festival. The annual event was designed to inspire and educate young filmmakers from around the world and features judges such as Kristen Stewart, Morgan Spurlock, and Diablo Cody.

Original author: Final Draft
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Final Draft Insider View with Daniel Vang and Christopher Lockhart

Final Draft Insider View with Daniel Vang and Christopher Lockhart

Final Draft sits down with WME's Christopher Lockhart and Benderspink's Daniel Vang  for a discussion about the life of a script. Many writers don't consider what happens after an executive reads a script and thinks it has potential to go to production. But the more you the screenwriter know about the process, the better you can prepare your script to be a part of it, and the better your odds of seeing your name in the credits.

Original author: Final Draft
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'Sleepy Hollow' Co-Creator Phillip Iscove on the Evolution of a Hit Show

'Sleepy Hollow' Co-Creator Phillip Iscove on the Evolution of a Hit Show

Phillip Iscove, creator of hit TV series Sleepy Hollow, talks about his early days at film school in Toronto, working as an assistant at powerhouse agency UTA for eight years, and how Sleepy Hollow was not just his first sale: it also saved him from being kicked out of the country. Along the way he discusses the prevalence of genre stories on television, the challenges of working on such a large budget show, and what he looks for when hiring staff writers. 

Original author: Final Draft
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