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    Thought I'd pass this along to those who might not be familiar with it - "The Dialogue" is a great series of interviews with famous screenwriters, a little dated (2007-2008) but I really loved it. Callie Khouri, Jim Uhls, Bruce Joel Rubin, lots more.

    Some of them are on YouTube like this one with Paul Haggis:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soZ5...&nohtml5=False

    Plus they're all on Netflix too.
    Tim Johnson
    ScriptLadder.com

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    the Writers Guild Foundation has also made available a great series they had with film & TV writers (Larry Wilmore, Susannah Grant, Marshall Herskovitz, Shonda Rhimes, Vince Gilligan, etc.) Anatomy of a Script:

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...nwDj2M2dkVyuEJ

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      Nice, thanks!
      Tim Johnson
      ScriptLadder.com

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        I also just saw this link on Erik Bork's latest post. It's a podcast series by Barry Kurtz that comes out every Monday where he interviews big names in current movie and TV land:

        https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...672873590?mt=2
        Tim Johnson
        ScriptLadder.com

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          Great interview and interviewer. I thought Traffic was tremendous.

          I especially like Haggis' comment: "I don't think writers should write about answers. I think we should write about questions."

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            https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeh...?nohtml5=False

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              The Dialogue is great as far as confirming to people that writing is not glamorous, which sounds silly, but taking into account all the how-to-books, etc, it looks like it is.

              There you hear pros telling you they don't sleep at night. That writing is sweat, that they fear they'll be out of a job, that is hard to hear notes and not feeling hurt. People love to seek books about the five easy steps to write and that's all really a cop-out. Instead this series tells you that writing is painful, hard, and that you have to get in there and meet the people - no 'automatic formula', not even remotely, and you have to be part of the mix and part of the culture.

              Most important, the 'interviewer' is Mike De Luca - the single most influential producer of the last 20 years. He's the guy behind the golden years of New Line Cinema that revitalized entire genres whose templates are still in vogue, like the new horror genre, the meta-horror genre, the dumb-people/ gross-out comedies, and the new super hero movies.

              Besides that, however, what that does is the writers don't talk down to the audience, because they can't b.s. Mike - he knows the business, he's still there, he was probably in the room of the stories they tell. Better yet, what he reacts to and what the digs into is the stuff a writer-friendly producer would usually be interested in.

              It has to be the single most important resource for a writer besides watching movies.
              Last edited by martin; 04-22-2016, 01:17 PM.

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