Meet the Reader

Brianne Hogan meets the gatekeepers who read the scripts you write

 Brianne Hogan

Dos and Don’ts in Screenwriting: The Best of Meet the Reader

Dos and Don’ts in Screenwriting: The Best of Meet the Reader

Great screenwriting advice from the gatekeepers of Hollywood, as Brianne Hogan looks back over her "Meet the Reader" column.

Great screenwriting advice from the gatekeepers of Hollywood, as Brianne Hogan looks back over her “Meet the Reader” column.

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: James Napoli

Meet the Reader: James Napoli

Great advice from James Napoli on the importance of story flow and voice, doing away with “happy endings”, starting slowly, and what writers can learn from silent films.

Great advice from James Napoli on the importance of story flow and voice, doing away with “happy endings”, starting slowly, and what writers can learn from silent films.

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Berkeley Hunt

Meet the Reader: Berkeley Hunt

What readers look for in a script, why reading scripts is good for writers, and what to avoid when writing your screenplay.

What readers look for in a script, why reading scripts is good for writers, and what to avoid when writing your screenplay!

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Jhan Harp

Meet the Reader: Jhan Harp

"Other readers might think characterization or premise as the most important, but I think a reversal is the strongest way to go."

Script reader Jhan Harp was pursuing two degrees at Purdue University – a B.S. in physics and a B.A. in theatre – when he first discovered his passion for screenplays. “Screenwriting, more specifically working on teleplays, was a hobby in college,” he says. “I guess it wasn’t easy enough with the two majors.” Blame Joss […]

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Liza Olson

Meet the Reader: Liza Olson

Liza Olson discusses being a story analyst, advice for emerging writers, and why she needs to care about your protagonist.

By Brianne Hogan. According to Liza Olson, becoming a story analyst is something that she fell into. Years ago, when she was still working as a TV news producer, she wanted to take a screenwriting class through UCLA Extension. After looking through the classes, she happened upon the story analysis class description and “I thought […]

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