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SCREENPLAY DEVELOPMENT GROUP ANALYZES “SNATCHED”

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in News | 0 comments

SCREENPLAY DEVELOPMENT GROUP ANALYZES “SNATCHED”

I’m happy to say I’ll be leading a discussion of the script for the new movie SNATCHED, starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, for the Storyboard Screenplay Development Group on Monday, May 8. These are fun gatherings of smart folks held on the Fox lot. For more info and tickets, visit: https://storyboarddg.wordpress.com/ and hope to see you...

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Excited to share my newest Interview with Ann Baldwin for MovieMaker.com

Posted by on Dec 3, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Excited to share my newest Interview with Ann Baldwin for MovieMaker.com

Million-Dollar Advice: Screenwriter Diane Drake on Strengthening Loglines, Finding “Seed Scenes” and More By Ann Baldwin on November 14, 2016 14 Diane Drake is one of just four female screenwriters with sole credit who have earned $1 million or more for their screenplays in the United States.   Her first produced script, Only You, sold for $1 million and starred Robert Downey, Jr. and Marisa Tomei, while her second, What Women Want, is the second-highest grossing romantic comedy of all time with Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. Both films have...

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Judging for Humanitas

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Judging for Humanitas

  According to Wikipedia, “Humanitas” is a Latin noun meaning human nature, civilization and kindness.  What a lovely word, isn’t it? It’s also the name of a wonderful organization in Los Angeles, established in 1974, which, among other things, annually gives out awards to the film and television projects it believes “affirm the human dignity, explore the meaning of life, enlighten the use of human freedom and reveal to each person our common humanity.” Per their website, HUMANITAS exists to encourage...

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A FEW GOOD LAUGHS

Posted by on May 14, 2016 in News | 0 comments

A FEW GOOD LAUGHS

Four of my favorite writing/movie business cartoons.    ...

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MONEY MONSTER – STORYBOARD DISCUSSION GROUP

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in News | 0 comments

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...

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MONEY MONSTER – Storyboard DG Discussion at Fox Studios May 9

Posted by on Apr 30, 2016 in News | 0 comments

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

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Blog | 37 comments

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...

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

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Blog, News, Writing Tips | 7 comments

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,...

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The Power of Stories

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in News | 2 comments

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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