Posts by Diane Drake

MONEY MONSTER – STORYBOARD DISCUSSION GROUP

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MONEY MONSTER – STORYBOARD DISCUSSION GROUP

  I recently had the pleasure of being invited to moderate a group discussion of this script for The Storyboard Development Group at Fox Studios, and I gotta say, if you are in Los Angeles, have aspirations of being a screenwriter and are not attending these gatherings, you are missing out! The group was warm and welcoming, and the discussion was smart, lively, opinionated, respectful and a lot of fun. Storyboard DG meets once a month on the Fox lot, and for the price of $40 you not only not only get a copy of the script and admission to the discussion, but also sandwiches and drinks....

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MONEY MONSTER – Storyboard DG Discussion at Fox Studios May 9

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MONEY MONSTER – Storyboard DG Discussion at Fox Studios May 9

I’m really excited to be moderating a discussion of the script for this new George Clooney/Julia Roberts movie at Fox Studios. Further details below. Hope to see you...

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QUENTIN LOVES GIRLS

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QUENTIN LOVES GIRLS

Let’s get something straight right off the bat: I don’t like violent movies, especially violent movies for which the violence is pretty much the movie’s only raison d’etre and the stock plot is simply an excuse to carry it. It’s not so much a moral issue with me, though I’ll admit I do tend to side with those who believe that while onscreen depictions of mayhem may not exactly lead to actual mayhem, they do collectively desensitize us to it.  But larger societal implications aside, for my own selfish movie-going and entertainment-dollar purposes, it’s just that extremely violent movies...

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Building Character(s) – 5 Tips for Creating a Lead Character Your Audience Will Really Care About

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Building Character(s) – 5 Tips for Creating a Lead Character Your Audience Will Really Care About

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through the experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.” ~ Helen Keller     From a certain angle, a writer’s job can be boiled down to three simple words: “Make me care”. Consequently, a note screenwriters often get is that they need to make their lead more “sympathetic”, more “likable”. Reasonable enough in theory, but how exactly? It’s a little vague, like telling a chef to make a meal more tasty. But, as with cooking, if you break it down, I believe...

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The Power of Stories

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The Power of Stories

Had to share this link to Ron Suskind’s incredibly fascinating and moving tale of how Disney stories helped him and the rest of his family connect with his autistic son, Owen. I don’t know when I’ve read a greater testament to the power of story-telling and the vital role it plays in our...

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