March Podcast: Screenwriting Tips From the Pros

EPISODE 104 OF THE CINESTORY PODCAST IS NOW OUT!

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Ever wondered how the pros do it? Here's your chance to hear working Hollywood writers share advice, tools and methods for mastering the craft of screenwriting.

Featuring Philip Eisner, Jonathan Fernandez, Glenn Gers, Meg LeFauve and Pat Verducci.

Thanks to our mentors for participating in the session and for giving permission to share this with you. Thanks also to composer Don Bodin for use of his track Home.

CineStory is a non-profit organization. So if you like what you hear, consider making a donation to support these podcasts.

Three webinars you can't afford to miss

The launch of the 2012 CineStory webinar series is right around the corner. So pre-register today to reserve your place.

Affordably priced with discounted packages, topics include preparing your material for the market place, understanding how recent changes in the Hollywood system affect screenwriters and advice on how to resolve nagging story issues.

Webinars take place in April, June and November.

February Podcast: In conversation writer-producer Meg LeFauve and writer-director Pat Verducci

EPISODE 103 OF THE NEW CINESTORY PODCAST IS NOW OUT!

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Another gem from our 2011 Retreat! Just in time for Valentine's Day, this discussion explores the importance of writing from heart as well as maintaining a consistent tone, executing exciting set pieces and much more.

Thanks to our mentors for participating in the session and for giving permission to share this with you. Thanks also to composer Don Bodin for use of his track Home.   

CineStory is a non-profit organization. So if you like what you hear, consider making a donation to support these podcasts.

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Doc on Breaking in as a Screenwriter

Follow three follow three aspiring screenwriters in this documentary that explores how far people will go - and how much they will sacrifice - for the chance to pursue their dreams. The film also features pro writers such as Nora Ephron, Steven de Souza and Paul Guay.

Check it out on Snag Films for free:

 

Podcast with Academy Award Nominee Mark Fergus

The Inaugural CineStory Podcast

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CineStory is delighted to be launching its podcast series with this Q&A session with previous CSA winner and mentor, Mark Fergus.    

Recorded at a live From Script to Screen event this May, hear this Academy Award nominee discuss his work on CHILDREN OF MEN, IRON MAN and COWBOYS AND ALIENS as well as answering questions about working with producers and his  pitching strategy.   

Thanks to Mark for participating in the session and for sharing his screenwriting tips and experience. 

Thanks also to composer Don Bodin for use of his track Home.

This is an exclusive early release, so download or listen to the podcast here before it hits iTunes!

 

Meet the 2011 CineStory Fellow: Celeste Wolfe

Celeste hails from a colorful family, with a gun-running paternal great-great-grand-father and a maternal grandfather who worked as a press agent for Chiang-Kai Shek.  Celeste is proud to be an American-born Ching-Chong despite the endured slurs of “slant-eye,” jap/gook/chink and back to jap again.  Like any good Asian, Celeste did well in academics and escaped her traditional home by skipping her senior year in high school and fleeing to U.C. Davis. 

After college, Celeste decided she’d head to Hollywood and landed work for Wilhelmina Models and Weintraub Entertainment.  Later she became a personal assistant for Brenda Vaccaro, then moved on to being a casting assistant with Henderson/Hanley. 

Having had her fun with the feast and famine of Hollywood, Celeste got serious and earned an M.A. in clinical psychology, secured her license as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and promptly got married.  After twenty years serving the mentally ill, she decided to try a Second Act – screenwriting.   She has two produced “Story By” credits on the syndicated TV show “Andromeda.”  Her modern-day M*A*S*H -- “Embrace the Suck” -- was optioned by Fox. 

Celeste has won numerous screenwriting competitions, including Best Action Adventure Script in the Los Angeles Film Festival, and her “Grey’s Anatomy” spec “Bad Reputation” was a semi-finalist with NBC’s Writers on the Verge in 2009.   Her spec pilot “The Four Reasons” won her a place in the 2010 Producer’s Guild Diversity Program.  And now in 2011, Celeste is a Cinestory winner with her cold-war kiddie film, SPOTNIK.

2011 Winners Announced

In late July, the finals judges gathered to discuss the eight scripts in contention for the grand prize of the CineStory Screenwriting Awards, The CineStory Fellowship. After a lively discussion in which each script was discussed in depth, the judges made their decisions. And here they are:

GRAND PRIZE WINNER/2011 FELLOW

SPOTNIK - Celeste Wolfe, Los Angeles CA

 

SECOND PLACE 

CRICKET - Tammy Duffy, Sherman Oaks CA

 

THIRD PLACE (Tied) 

AMAZON GIRL - Ken Pearson, Tempe AZ

DISPATCH - Bryan Dick, Manhattan Beach CA  

 

A big congratulations to these writers - we're looking forward to meeting you all at the retreat! And a big thank you to our finals judges for all their hard work.

2011 Finalists Announced

From an outstanding field of semifinalists, the following scripts are progressing to the finals round:

AMAZON GIRL - Ken Pearson, Tempe AZ
BANK ROBBING FOR DUMMIES - Robert Keith Watson, Sherman Oaks CA
CRICKET - Tammy Duffy, Sherman Oaks CA
DISPATCH - Bryan Dick, Manhattan Beach CA
SNOWBIRD - Jack Zafran, Granada Hills CA
SPOTNIK - Celeste Chan Wolfe, Los Angeles CA
THE COST OF LIVING - Kellen Hertz, Los Angeles CA
THE LONER - Bryan Marvis, Oceanside OR

Each is in the running for the Grand Prize, a one-year fellowship during which the writer is mentored by two industry pros, as well as cash awards and other prizes.