Episode Three: The Writer’s Perspective

July 1, 2009 by cindy  
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P1040035_2It seems that every doctor, tailor, and coffee barista is writing a screenplay these days. If you’re one of the many who aspire to succeed at this fine art form you will definitely want to listen to this episode! Brian Herskowitz, Aydrea ten Bosch, and Andrew Robinson bring a variety of stories and experiences to the table as we talk about the business of being a screenwriter.

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Brian Herskowitz

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Like millions before him, Brian Herskowitz moved out to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.  He soon learned that there was a dearth of roles for shorter leading men and began searching for other outlets for his creative passions. In 1980 he wrote his first screenplay, an action thriller about a young man who moves to Tokyo to train for the Olympics in Judo and gets caught up in intrigue with the Yakuza. As a writer, Brian has completed well over a dozen feature films. His TV credits include a staff writing position on the NBC sit-com BLOSSOM, multiple episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, the HBO hit comedy Dream On, CBS’s Renegade, The Exile, Murder, She Wrote, the FOX Network’s Young Hercules, and CBS’s critically acclaimed series Tour of Duty. In addition to writing Brian is the Senior Vice President for Artists Media Co-Operative, and has several films in pre-production.

For more information about Brian or to contact him please visit one of his websites:

www.writeforfilm.com
www.co-opnyc.com

Aydrea ten Bosch

Aydrea, a former news reporter, has been a freelance writer for Nickelodeon and Hawaii Film Partners, a staff writer for Disney and currently has a feature film in post production with Highlander Films. Aydrea has been a finalist in the AAA Creative Screenwriting Contest and while at Disney, one of her scripts was chosen to represent the network before the Emmy Nominating Committee. She also runs the blog The Oreo Experience www.theoreoexperience.com

For more information about Aydrea or to contact her please visit her website:

www.theoreoexperience.com

Andrew Robinson

Unlike most filmmakers, Andrew Robinson never set out to become one. At the age of 13, Andrew and his family relocated to Littleton, Colorado where he would eventually attend Columbine High School. During his time at Columbine, Robinson fell into the dramatic arts and became a staple in school as well as local and statewide productions. However, the morning of April 20th 1999 changed all of that. April Showers marks Robinson’s second feature length effort. Robinson and Edwards have recently begun work on their second feature film collaboration, an adaptation of Dancing Carl based on the novel by three-time Newbery Honor author Gary Paulsen.

For more information about Andrew or to contact him please visit one of his websites:

www.aprilshowersmovie.com
www.dancingcarl.com


Comments

2 Comments on "Episode Three: The Writer’s Perspective"

  1. Dan McClure on Thu, 2nd Jul 2009 7:50 pm 

    This symposium regarding writing for film included a fine mix of different views & talent. It was nice to get ideas from those more versed by way of formal education and work experience as well as those more inclined towards independent improvising. Everyone brought their own valuable experiences to the show and it gives the viewer a wide array of ways to approach the subject. Getting ideas and names of people and places to perfect ones writing ambitions is beneficial.

    A few questions about writing screenplays came to my mind. To begin, when you submit them to different people for assessment how do you protect your work. Certainly you may be taking a risk that someone may use your ideas to create their own stories. Is there a legal process you go through or do you just rely on the reputations of these individuals. Also, if you have a relatively good idea for a story but aren’t the best of writers are there screenplay editors? One more for the road. Can you submit your story to be used both for film and a book simultaneously? Or do you usually get your book published first then have it converted into a screenplay?

    Just an observation. At times I had difficulty hearing the guests when mentioning names or certain places to go for information. I don’t know if it was my tired old ears that deceived me or technical issues. Mostly, however, it was all fine.

    Looking forward to your next session

    DLM

  2. Craig Tarry on Fri, 22nd Apr 2011 4:31 pm 

    Hello, I enjoyed Episode Three: The Writer’s Perspective, but it was mainly about what to do with your screenplay and the business side of screenwriting, and not how to write a good screenplay. This is a topic that is absent from the Film-Method website and should be included.
    More than once, I have heard a professional script analysts say that Indie filmmakers:
    1.Don’t do enough re-writes of their script before pre-production –
    2.Don’t understand their main character and what drives him/her –
    3.Don’t pay enough attention to script structure – and are too impatient to “get out there and start shooting”.
    Directors and actors who consistently turn out good movies, (Steven Spielberg, and the late Sydney Pollack and Sydney Lumet and actors Russell Crowe and Michael Douglas) all talk about well structured screenplays and I believe they are so successful because they know a good screenplay when they read it.
    Or let me put it this way: The saying, “don’t be afraid to kill your babies” is a good one, but if you do it right at the script stage, you won’t give berth to them in the first place. So, I’d like to see some professional screenwriting experts interviewed on Film-Method.
    Some good ones are:
    1.Michael Hauge, author of “Writing Screenplays that sell” is a good one.
    2. Pilar Alessandra, of http://www.onthepage.tv.
    3. Paul Chitlik author of -REWRITE: A Step by Step Guide to Strengthen Structure, Characters, and Drama in Your Screenplay. http://www.rewritementor.com

    Anyway, that’s my two cents.
    Craig Tarry
    Ca.

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