Jennie E. Park

Writing for Television

Writing for Television

Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Breaking Bad: Daniel P. Calvisi discusses television pilots, defining character arcs, and mistakes new writers make.

Daniel P. Calvisi is a writing coach and former Story Analyst for Twentieth Century Fox and Miramax Films. His latest book, Story Maps: TV Drama: The Structure of the One-Hour Television Pilot, follows his earlier Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay, Story Maps: 12 Great Screenplays, and Story Maps: The Films of Christopher […]

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Carol: “Less is More” when adapting Highsmith

Carol: “Less is More” when adapting Highsmith

Phyllis Nagy discusses adapting Patricia Highsmith, writing for theatre, television and the screen, and how she rations her writing time.

By Jennie E. Park. Stylish, tender, and bold, Carol is a film that was eighteen years in the making. Adapted by Phyllis Nagy from her mentor Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt, it’s an arthouse film about a lesbian relationship that is both accessible and engaging. The production whirled through a carousel of directors before finally pairing […]

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Jeffrey Kitchen on Screenwriting, Part I

Jeffrey Kitchen on Screenwriting, Part I

In the first of a two part interview, Jeffrey Kitchen begins an overview of his screenwriting tools and techniques, including Dilemma, Crisis, Decision, Action and Resolution, the 36 Dramatic Situations, the Enneagram, and Research and Brainstorming.

By Jennie E. Park. Jeffrey Kitchen began studying dramatic writing with Irving Fiske before venturing into screenwriting. Based on the techniques in his book, Writing a Great Movie: Key Tools for Successful Screenwriting, he has provided workshops and private consultations on writing for film and television for twenty years.  In this two-part interview he provides […]

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Jeffrey Kitchen on Screenwriting, Part II

Jeffrey Kitchen on Screenwriting, Part II

In the second of a two part interview, Jeff discusses the Central Proposition, Sequence, Proposition and Plot, reflects on the weaknesses of both experienced and novice writers, and offers his greatest piece of advice to writers of all levels.

By Jennie E. Park.   This is the second of a two part interview. If you haven’t yet read the first part, we recommend that you do so before continuing!   Tell us more about the Central Proposition. The one simple thing about the Central Proposition that is really useful is that you have all […]

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Sons of Anarchy’s Kurt Sutter

<i>Sons of Anarchy’s</i> Kurt Sutter

Sons of Anarchy showrunner Kurt Sutter discusses origins, endpoints, and navigating the roads in between

by Jennie E. Park Often dubbed the biker with an MFA—a tagline overstating the irony of a trained artist having some passion outside of his art that finds its way into it—Kurt Sutter began riding motorcycles in the same decade he completed his undergraduate degree in film. Starting his journey in dramatic expression as a […]