The Perils of Screenwriting Part 2

The Perils of Screenwriting Part 2

"When you sign that contract, you don't own your script anymore."

We continue our screenwriting series recorded at the 2016 Portland Film Festival with Leslie Dixon, Laurie Craig, Randall Jahnson, and Miguel Tejada-Flores. Our panelists share tips on pitching  - working with an agent- insights on Writer’s Block - the usefulness of negative comments - and survival strategies before your next Oscar nomination.

The Perils of Screenwriting Part 1

The Perils of Screenwriting Part 1

"When you sign that contract, you don't own your script anymore."

We continue our screenwriting series recorded at the 2016 Portland Film Festival with Leslie Dixon, Laurie Craig, Randall Jahnson, and Miguel Tejada-Flores. Our panelists share tips on pitching  - working with an agent- insights on Writer’s Block - the usefulness of negative comments - and survival strategies before your next Oscar nomination.

Writing is Rewriting with Laurie Craig

Writing is Rewriting with Laurie Craig

"You have to be gentle with yourself, but ruthless with your material."

Laurie Craig is particularly known for her work in family film and romantic comedy with credits including  ELLA ENCHANTED, PAULIE, and RAMONA AND BEEZUS. She is currently adapting FIRELIGHT, by Sophie Jordan, as a television series for Sonar Entertainment.

In this episode Laurie gives insight into what happens to a script once the first draft is completed.

Screenwriting 101 with Leslie Dixon Part 2

Screenwriting 101 with Leslie Dixon Part 2

"Your first job is to charm the reader. It's not a movie yet."

Drawing from her massive success as a hollywood screenwriter with credits like “Overboard,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Freaky Friday,” "Just Like Heaven," “ Hairspray,” and “Limitless.”  Leslie Dixon offers tips and tricks about how to write a compelling and memorable script. 

Screenwriting 101 with Leslie Dixon Part 1

Screenwriting 101 with Leslie Dixon Part 1

"You have to make the first ten pages impossible to put down."

Drawing from her massive success as a hollywood screenwriter with credits like “Overboard,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Freaky Friday,”  ‘Just Like Heaven,“ Hairspray,” and “Limitless.”  Leslie Dixon offers tips and tricks about how to write a compelling and memorable script. 

Nathan Drillot

Nathan Drillot

Director/Producer Nathan Drillot, talks about his documentary feature Wizard Mode.

In the game of pinball, there is no greater reward than Wizard Mode – a hidden level that is only unlocked when a player completes a series of lightning-speed challenges. Robert Emilio Gagno has dedicated most of his life to mastering Wizard Mode, and is now one of the top pinball players in the world. He also happens to have autism. 

Dorie Barton

Dorie Barton

"Menstruation is just part of the story."

Dorie Barton, writer and director of Girl Flu, chats with us at the 2016 Portland Film Festival. In Dorie's feature film debut, 12-year-old Bird has to become a woman whether she wants to or not when - in the worst week of her life - she gets her first period, is ditched by her impulsive, free spirited mom, and learns that you can never really go back to The Valley.

Ryan Wines

Ryan Wines

"I'd like to see creatives focused around purpose rather than passion."

 Marmoset is a creative agency specializing in perfectly pairing music with motion picture, video, and film. Beggining as a conversation in a Portland coffee shop in 2010, they have grown into a full service music agency with clients like Apple, Facebook, and Adidas. Co-Founder Ryan Wines shares the story of Marmoset's journey, and tells us why he believes creative integrity always trumps the bottom line.

Barry Braverman

Barry Braverman

"The Goal of a Cinematographer is to show the viewer a world they haven't seen before."

Barry Braverman, author and veteran cinematographer, shares his 30+ years of experience working with some of the greatest names in film. From witnessing the beginning of Wes Anderson's career with Bottle Rocket, to his adventures lighting an entire film with mirrors in Tanzania, Barry offers a fascinating look at a life spent behind the camera.