Brianne Hogan

Karl Iglesias on Screenwriting

Karl Iglesias on Screenwriting

Karl Iglesias discusses the elements of a well-written screenplay, today’s movie landscape, and writing for emotional impact.

By Brianne Hogan. The emotional response of the audience is the most paramount and important thing when it comes to storytelling. Karl Iglesias Karl Iglesias is an author, script consultant, and much sought-after screenwriting teacher. He also has a habit of being at the right place at the right time. A son of flamenco dancers, […]

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Phil Clarke

Meet the Reader: Phil Clarke

"The good news for fledgling writers is that it's okay to suck." Phil Clarke talks about about lessons he learned from the greats, common mistakes that drive him crazy, and the differences between the film industries in Hollywood and the U.K.

By Brianne Hogan. Phil Clarke is a London-based script consultant who’s never known a time when he wasn’t interested in films. From a very early age, Clarke would “stare mesmerised at movies playing on the TV,” he recalls. “Not just the magnificent visuals, the larger-than-life characters, but also the strange list of names at the […]

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Olga Lexell

Meet the Reader: Olga Lexell

Script Reader Olga Lexell talks about how to avoid the slush pile, what type of scripts get the all-important green light, and why randomness is not the same as originality.

By Brianne Hogan. Growing up, script reader Olga Lexell was a bit of a nomad, living in a handful of different countries, but there was always one constant in her life: film. “My mother exposed me to a lot of indie and foreign films when I was a kid,” Lexell recalls. “I used to go […]

 Brianne Hogan

“Over prepare. Go with 80 jokes, drop to 20 for rehearsal and 12 for the show.”

“Over prepare. Go with 80 jokes, drop to 20 for rehearsal and 12 for the show.”

Luciano Casimiri discusses writing and teaching comedy.

By Brianne Hogan. Although not a household name, Canadian comedy writer, Luciano Casimiri, has made a comfortable living from comedy writing and “punching up” lame scripts in desperate need of a laugh, or two, or three (comedy writers abide by the “rule of three,” FYI). The Toronto native started comedy at the age of 16 […]

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Nicole Saltz

Meet the Reader: Nicole Saltz

"Protagonists are kind of like North Stars." Script consultant Nicole Saltz talks about what she looks for in screenplays.

By Brianne Hogan Growing up, script consultant Nicole Saltz was more interested in reading books than screenplays. Heavily influenced by her mother, an English teacher, and her maternal grandmother (“A great lover of literature”), young Nicole, a Toronto resident by way of South Africa, could be found with her nose in a book rather than […]