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 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Amanda Pendolino

Meet the Reader: Amanda Pendolino

Script Reader Amanda Pendolino talks grammar, multi-tasking and reading more.

By Brianne Hogan Sure, her college degree sounds scientific – a Bachelor of Science in Television – but script reader Amanda Pendolino didn’t spend much time in the lab at school. “I’m endlessly amused that I got a Bachelor of Science in Television without taking a single science class,” Pendolino says. A native of Buffalo, […]

 Paul Parcellin

From I Love Lucy to The Sopranos

From I Love Lucy to The Sopranos

Terence Winter's journey to become showrunner for Boardwalk Empire.

By Paul Parcellin. The paths writers take toward achieving their career goals are varied, and Terence Winter’s passageway toward television writing included detours into medieval history studies and becoming an attorney—the latter he decided he could do without. His passion for history stuck with him, and no doubt helps fire the creative flames in producing […]

 Holly Grigg-Spall

America’s #1 Film Instructor

America’s #1 Film Instructor

Dov Simens inspired Quentin Tarantino, Michael Jackson and Will Smith. Now he gives Creative Screenwriting his best advice.

By Holly Grigg-Spall. “Keep it simple stupid!” Filmmaking guru Dov Simens leads the notorious ‘2 Day Film School’ – an intensive course in how to write, direct, produce, and release a movie under any budget that inspired the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Guy Ritchie, and Chris Nolan, and gleans a string of A-List endorsements (just […]

 Paula Hendrickson

Making Chicago Heights for Just $1000

Making Chicago Heights for Just $1000

Daniel Nearing explains how he produced and marketed the micro-budget movie Chicago Heights.

by Paula Hendrickson. After sharing Daniel Nearing’s screenwriting process in a previous issue, it only seemed right to follow through and find out how he’s managed to produce critically praised films with almost non-existent budgets. Here’s how. Most filmmakers consider $2 million a micro-budget. You made Chicago Heights (now The Last Soul on a Summer […]

 Lauri Donahue

Moneyball for Movies: Market Research for Screenwriters

Moneyball for Movies: Market Research for Screenwriters

How screenwriters are using market research to sell their screenplays

by Lauri Donahue When Variety reported on July 22 that Piedmont Media Research had developed a system for predicting a movie’s box office take before the film was even made, the firm started fielding calls from some unexpected customers: screenwriters. Within weeks, Piedmont had heard from more than 50 scribes hoping to use the company’s […]

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