Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Mindi White

Meet the Reader: Mindi White

Mindi White discusses the importance of proofreading, earning the reader's trust, and why you shouldn't stick to the rules.

By Brianne Hogan. Mindi White didn’t get into script reading the “normal way,” she says. A producer had asked her to provide coverage on a book she had wanted to make into a movie. It had only been three days prior when she learned what coverage actually was, but White told the producer, “Of course […]

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Meet the Reader: Cameron Cubbison

Meet the Reader: Cameron Cubbison

"Write for the pure joy of writing." Cameron Cubbison discusses what excites him as a reader, what makes a good note, and how a writer becomes a better writer.

By Brianne Hogan. ScreenCraft’s Cameron Cubbison’s love for movies is palpable, to say the least. “I love movies because they’re life without the dullness, anticlimax and disappointment,” he says. “Film as an art form offers the most crystallized, vital and cathartic emotional experience possible. It’s the amalgam of every other form of human expression: ideation, […]

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Pixels: Baking Comedy into the Characters

Pixels: Baking Comedy into the Characters

Tim Herlihy on why writing comedy is more difficult than drama, his writing process, and what new writers need to learn.

By Brianne Hogan. The plot of the new movie Pixels seems like a dream come true for nostalgic arcade gamers: when aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack Earth using huge pixelated versions of Pac-Man, Centipede and Donkey Kong. Based on a short film of the same […]

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Not a Lottery: Michael Ray Brown on Screenwriting

Not a Lottery: Michael Ray Brown on Screenwriting

Michael Ray Brown discusses his Screenwriting Structure Checklist, go-to screenplays that every screenwriter should read, and his biggest piece of advice for aspiring writers.

By Brianne Hogan. Growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, story analyst Michael Ray Brown hunted for crawdads in a creek, and whiled away days reading comic books in a treehouse. “Going to movies was a rarity in our family,” Brown says. “One of my fondest memories is when we all saw It’s a Mad, Mad, […]

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Meet the Reader: Jen Grisanti

Meet the Reader: Jen Grisanti

"Our wounds are the well we should draw from." Consultant and writing instructor Jen Grisanti discusses the key concepts of a great script, and why movies and TV matter.

By Brianne Hogan. Jen Grisanti has always been fascinated with film and TV. For her, it was the escapism and wish fulfillment of it all that ignited her love for story. “I remember seeing The Hardy Boys when Joe Hardy’s girlfriend, Jamie, died. I still remember the song “If” by Bread that played. The story […]