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 David Konow

The Current (and Possibly Future) State of Screenwriting

The Current (and Possibly Future) State of Screenwriting

Creative Screenwriting speaks to screenwriters about where things stand and where they are headed

by David Konow Back in the ’90s, it was a great time to be an aspiring screenwriter. With the success of films like Pulp Fiction and The Usual Suspects, people realized the importance of a well-crafted script, and reports of major spec sales would regularly hit the trades. More clever scripts from fresh new voices […]

 Craig Manning

Producer Gary Goldstein and Kickstarter

Producer Gary Goldstein and Kickstarter

Filmmakers flock to Kickstarter for project funding, exposure

by Craig Manning For many, the name “Gary Goldstein” may not immediately ring a bell, but chances are that most have seen the movies he’s worked on. Goldstein, one of the Hollywood producers behind films like Pretty Woman, the prototypical 1990 romantic comedy, or Under Siege, a 1992 thriller starring Steven Seagal, has largely disappeared from […]

 Andrew Bloomenthal

Anatomy of a Production Deal

Anatomy of a Production Deal

Nina Yang Bongiovi on producing Fruitvale Station

by Andrew Bloomenthal It began when Nina Yang Bongiovi—producer with Forest Whitaker’s Significant Productions, received word from her old USC film professor about an ambitious young film student with a compelling story to tell. It just so happened, Yang Bongiovi was looking for candidates for her company’s Emerging Filmmakers program. Yang Bongiovi subsequently met with […]

 Scott Essman

Travis Beacham on Breaking Into Hollywood

Travis Beacham on Breaking Into Hollywood

by Scott Essman When prompted how he launched his career as a screenwriter, Travis Beacham humbly stated, “I don’t really know.” Surely, with Pacific Rim in theaters in 2013, and Clash of the Titans a major international hit in 2010, Beacham is already near the top of a very short list of reliable genre writers, […]

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