Podcast session - Learning from Hollywood Screenwriters!

  • June 30, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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This is a Podcast Meetup about learning from Hollywood screenwriters.

In this session we will be listening to a Podcast by Craig Mazin and John August, both prominent Hollywood writers who between them share multiple box office hits and as part of the Writers Guild Foundation host workshops and share their secrets of the trait with aspiring and accomplished writers.

As a celebration of their work and because it fits into our path of finding our way to the perfect script this meetup will be spend listening to a MASTERCLASS Podcast session of these two man discussing the magnifique abilities of George Lucas’ story; Raiders of the Lost Ark.
‘’Craig and John spend the entire episode discussing and dissecting RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, looking at both its structure and scene work. This amazing and iconic 1981 film established so much of what we expect of out movie heroes and set pieces — but a lot of what it does would have a hard time getting through modern studio development these days. And yet it works so well. There are great lessons to be learned for screenwriters in every genre.’’

We will close off our Sunday Screenwriting session with an in-depth discussion about the Podcast and what we have learned about writing a script that is interesting and able to make its way to the studio heads. This Podcast explains very well what the template is of making a script and also showing how much of set pieces you should and shouldn’t implement in your modern day script.

There is some preparation necessary for the Sunday Meetup session.

It would be awesome if you found the time to do some homework, because then we can have more time to discuss the lessons we learned from the podcast in the discussion portion of the afternoon.

1) Watch the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark (be aware I don’t guarantee that this is a secure online link, but I watched it here) @ http://viooz.co/movies/1608-raiders-of-the-lost-ark-1981.html
2) Read the script of Raiders of the Lost Ark @ http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/RaidersoftheLostArk.pdf
3) If you wish to listen to the Podcast in advance go here @ http://johnaugust.com/2013/raiders-of-the-lost-ark

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everybody...
    I missed the class, but still interested to find somebody here to work to complete with my first novel. I am not sure when I will visit Holland again.

    July 2, 2013

  • Shima

    I really enjoyed spending the afternoon with all of you learning about how to structure a script and discussing the Raiders of the Lost Ark by film legends George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Here are a few links to follow up on:

    The facebook page@ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Screenwritinginadam/347481038695213?fref=ts

    The scriptnotes blog @ http://johnaugust.com/

    George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Larry Kasdan’s Raiders story
    conference transcripts @ http://moedred.livejournal.com/2009/03/04/

    Lynda - Learn at your own pace from top experts. Thousands of tutorials on screenwriting@

    Chronicles of Amsterdam by Brian Christopher@ (where can we find this?)

    June 30, 2013

    • Brian C.

      Hi Shima - here is the link: https://www.smashwords...­

      1 · July 1, 2013

    • Shima

      P.s lynda.com offers thousands of tutorials in genral but only a few of those are focused on screenwriting.

      July 2, 2013

  • Nico

    I've been struggling with creating a catchy log-line, with some coaching from my son. But there is good stuff if you Google the subject, and I'm convinced that if you can't write a good log-line, you're not yet ready to write a script - or a novel. Like: what's it really going to be about? If you're not clear... ☹

    July 1, 2013

    • Brian C.

      To me it begins with "What if?" and then comes the story/synopsis - and when the synopsis is finished then you can create the log-line!

      July 1, 2013

  • Nico

    In the last session the focus was on the logline. In case you weren't there or have forgotten about it, here is a useful link:


    2 · June 29, 2013

    • Brian C.

      Thanks Nico - will take a look.

      July 1, 2013

  • Brian C.

    Interesting afternoon

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Nico

    Really enjoyed today's session, and its extension at Kale! Thanks all.

    2 · June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you!
    Great opportunity, but I rather use the time for finishing my 2nd. novel.
    Wish you guys a pleasant event!

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Erga N.

    Thanks! I'd rather use the time to write...

    June 15, 2013

    • Erga N.

      You're right, Shima, enjoy!

      June 16, 2013

    • Shima

      Thanks! :-)

      June 16, 2013

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