Screenwriting 

10 Tips To Negotiate Your Rate Like A Pro

By Matt Webb | Feb 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
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10 Tips To Negotiate Your Rate Like A Pro Learning how to negotiate is a learned skill for most. It is nerve wracking and awkward, but necessary in the industry. For every job you will have some kind of negotiation over pay rate and conditions. Negotiation for a job takes place with the Unit Production…

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Mr. Robot Script Analysis: Breakdown the Pilot Episode with Peter Russell

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Mr. Robot Script Analysis: Breakdown the Pilot Episode If you have been living under a rock then you won’t understand what the big deal is with the amazing and award winning show Mr. Robot. The show follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a young cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety, after being…

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Top Ten Best Screenplays Ever Written

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 22, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Top Ten Best Screenplays Ever Written If you want to be a screenwriter you have to read screenplays. There’s no better place to start than then reading the masters of the craft. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) published this list of the top ten best screenplays ever written and I would have to agree. My personal…

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Watch FREE: Pixar Storytelling MasterClass – Pixar in a Box

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
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FREE Pixar Storytelling MasterClass – Pixar in a Box Have you ever wondered how Pixar Animation Studios continues to create one masterpiece after another? How do they understand storytelling so well? What is their process? The Khan Acadamy has partnered with Pixar to create a multi-year project creating a series of videos, lessons, and online…

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Screenplays: FREE Download 2017 Oscar Contenders + Over 150 More Film Scripts

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 16, 2017 | 24 Comments
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Screenplays: Download 2017 Oscar Contenders Moonlight, Hail, Caesar!, Captain Fantastic and More (Running List) UPDATED FEB 2017: If you want to be a screenwriter you need to read a lot of screenplays. And if you are going to read film scripts might as well read some of this year’s best. Below is an active running list…

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Top 10 Must Listen to Screenwriting Podcasts

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 16, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Indie Film Hustle’s Top 10 Screenwriting Podcasts Screenwriting Podcasts are a treasure trove of knowledge for the aspiring or professional screenwriter. Indie Film Hustle has put together the Top Ten must listen to screenwriting podcast of the last year. The list below is a whos who in the screenwriting world. Be sure to take notes because there…

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IFH 142: Lessons Learned from Running Indie Film Hustle

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 15, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Lessons Learned from Running Indie Film Hustle I wanted to put together this episode to share with the IFH Tribe the amazing lessons I’ve learned over the past year and a half running both IndieFilmHustle.com and the IFH Podcast. I wanted to show you how these lessons can be applied to your filmmaking or screenwriting…

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Troy Duffy: A Cautionary Hollywood Tale – Boondock Saints

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 9, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Troy Duffy: A Cautionary Hollywood Tale – Boondock Saints I’m always looking for success stories in the film business to study and analyze. Robert Rodriguez and El Mariachi, Kevin Smith and Clerks, and Oren Peli Paranormal Activity come to mind. A name you might not have heard of is Troy Duffy. Studying filmmaking success stories is…

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IFH 138: How to Sell Your Idea to Television with Agent Matthew Doyle

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
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How to Sell Your Idea to Television with Agent Matthew Doyle SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast Today’s guest cracked open a door to a part of the industry I had no idea about, television. Matthew Doyle is a television lit agent at the Verve Talent and Literary Agency.  He’s an up…

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IFH 136: How to Break into the Film Industry with Stage 32’s RB Botto

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 1, 2017 | 1 Comment
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How to Break into the Film Industry with Stage 32’s RB Botto SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast One of my most downloaded episodes ever was my interview with Film Industry vet and CEO of Stage32.com, RB Botto (Click here to listen to that interview). Ever since then I’ve been wanting to…

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George RR Martin: Master Class on Storytelling with the Creator of Games of Thrones

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 1, 2017 | 2 Comments
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George RR Martin: Master Class on Storytelling George RR Martin is one of the most beloved and hated storytellers of his generation. He’s best known for his international bestselling series of epic fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire (FREE AUDIO BOOK VERSIONS HERE), which HBO later adapted for its dramatic HBO series entitled Game of Thrones. Ever since HBO released the Games of…

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Breaking Down The Social Network Screenplay – Aaron Sorkin, Structure, and Collaboration

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 31, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Breaking Down The Social Network Screenplay – Aaron Sorkin, Structure, and Collaboration If you’ve been following this blog at all you know I’m a huge fan of David Fincher. I still think The Social Network was robbed at the 2011 Oscars®. The magic of Fincher’s directing with Aaron Sorkin’s genius screenplay is a match made in film…

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Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production

By Matt Webb | Jan 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production Film Production is created in 5 phases: development, pre-production, production, post-production and distribution. Each phase has a different purpose, with the overarching goal to get to the next one, and ultimately on to distribution. Each stage varies in length, and different roles suit different stages. Sadly, some…

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How to Write a Script and Workshop Your Screenplay with Paul Castro

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 26, 2017 | Comments Off on How to Write a Script and Workshop Your Screenplay with Paul Castro
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How to Write a Script and Workshop Your Screenplay with Paul Castro How to write a script? A question many of us have when we start out. When I created the online course, The Million Dollar Business of Screenwriting with August Rush screenwriter Paul Castro I was blown away by many of the techniques Paul explained.…

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IFH 131: Inside the Spec Script Market with Agent David Boxerbaum

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 25, 2017 | 1 Comment

Inside the Spec Script Market with Agent David Boxerbaum SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast We all have heard about screenwriter selling a spec script for seven figures (see Max Landis) but who is the power brokers who are helping that process along? Enter Paradigm Literary Agent David Boxerbaum. David is a…

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Pete Docter: How to Craft a Remarkable Story the Pixar Way

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 17, 2017 | 1 Comment
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The Pixar Way: How to Craft a Remarkable Story with Pete Docter I’ve been a fan of Pixar Studios films ever since I first saw “Toy Story.” The ability that Pixar has to tell an amazing story in uncanny. After that film I started studying every Pixar movie that came out. It seemed that they had…

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Robert McKee: Master Class on the Craft of STORY

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 5, 2017 | 2 Comments
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Robert McKee: Master Class on the Craft of Story If you haven’t heard of Robert McKee then you’re in for treat. Robert McKee is what is considered a “guru of gurus” in the screenwriting and storytelling world. He has lectured on storytelling for three decades, and his book Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting (FREE AUDIO…

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Screenwriting Blueprint: How to Create Unforgettable Characters

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 4, 2017 | Comments Off on Screenwriting Blueprint: How to Create Unforgettable Characters
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Screenwriting Blueprint: Creating Unforgettable Characters Legendary script consultant Michael Hauge (writer of Writing Screenplays That Sell)  discusses how to create unforgettable characters. For Hauge, character development is the pull between the strong desire to remain in the identity and the need, brought about by the events of the story, to live in essence. Michael’s advice on figuring out…

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FREE Screenwriting Master Classes: Top Ten List

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 20, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Screenwriting Master Classes: Top Ten List What you are about to listen to is probably the equivalent of taking at least five years of screenwriting courses or classes at a top tier film school. BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) has an amazing collection of FREE screenwriting lectures from some of the…

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Shonda Rhimes Masterclass: Learn Television Writing from the Creator of Scandal

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 15, 2016 | Comments Off on Shonda Rhimes Masterclass: Learn Television Writing from the Creator of Scandal
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Shonda Rhimes Masterclass: Learn Television Writing from the Creator of Scandal When Shonda Rhimes pitched Grey’s Anatomy she was so nervous she had to start over, twice. Since then Shonda has created and produced television’s biggest hits. In this class, Shonda teaches you how to create compelling characters, write a pilot, pitch your idea, be…

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IFH 122: What “Hamilton the Musical” Can Teach Indie Filmmakers

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 12, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 122: What “Hamilton the Musical” Can Teach Indie Filmmakers
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What “Hamilton the Musical” Can Teach Indie Filmmakers If you have been living underneath a rock you probably haven’t heard of the Broadway smash hit Hamilton. For the rest of you, this remarkable musical by Lin-Manual Miranda has changed not only Broadway but storytelling as well. I know that is a bold statement but let me ask…

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The Power of Myth: Creating Star Wars’ Mythos with Joseph Campbell

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 8, 2016 | 3 Comments
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Joseph Campbell & George Lucas: Creating Star Wars’ Mythology The Power of Myth is very powerful. With the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story the interest in Star Wars is at an all time high. Whether you love or hate Star Wars you have to admit that creator George Lucas tapped into something primal when…

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IFH 120: What the HECK is a Scriptment?

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 6, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 120: What the HECK is a Scriptment?
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What the HECK is a Scriptment? So what is a Scriptment? I found it to be a liberating form of prepping a story to be filmed? When I was in pre-production on my first feature film This is Meg, I wanted to get into production as fast as I could without waiting to develop a…

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Scrivener Screenwriting App: The Final Draft Killer

By Cindy Clifford | Dec 1, 2016 | Comments Off on Scrivener Screenwriting App: The Final Draft Killer
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Scrivener Screenwriting App: The Final Draft Killer For some people, the only thing that matters is writing. They wake up with ideas, while some may carry around a table, others carry a notepad and pen to jot ideas, maybe choices, even a paragraph or two. The idea has been like a seed that was planted…

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IFH 116: Fast and Cheap: Lessons Learned for the No-Budget Feature Film

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 22, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 116: Fast and Cheap: Lessons Learned for the No-Budget Feature Film
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Fast and Cheap: Lessons Learned for the No-Budget Feature On this week’s episode, I go way to a simpler time, the 90s, and discuss the lessons we can learn from some filmmaking legends. I’ll discuss films by Robert Rodriguez, Kevin Smith, Christopher Nolan, and Richard Linklater to break down and learn the techniques they used to make…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Do I Need to Move to Los Angeles to Make it in the Film Business?

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 11, 2016 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Do I Need to Move to Los Angeles to Make it in the Film Business?

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge…

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IFH 114: The Six Stages of Character Development with Michael Hauge

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 9, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 114: The Six Stages of Character Development with Michael Hauge
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The Six Stages Character Development with Michael Hauge This week we have a returning guest, screenwriting guru Michael Hauge. On this episode, he discussed The Six Stages Character Development. A very eye opening episode. Check it out. Right click here to download the MP3 These videos on screenplay structure are from his best selling online course: Story and…

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Max Landis: How This Screenwriter is Disrupting Hollywood

By Jonathan Roberts | Nov 9, 2016 | Comments Off on Max Landis: How This Screenwriter is Disrupting Hollywood
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Max Landis: How This Screenwriter is Disrupting Hollywood Max Landis, is known for his incredible talent as a load and outspoken screenwriter. The paydays he has gotten for his screenplays harp back to the 80’s and 90’s when screenplays by Shane Black and Joe Eszterhas were selling for millions. Apart from screenwriting, he has also…

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Killer Ways to Brainstorm Short Film Ideas

By Cindy Clifford | Oct 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Killer Ways to Brainstorm Short Film Ideas

Killer Ways to Brainstorm Short Film Ideas Short films have become a lot more popular nowadays with the advancements in the field of media, but coming up with short film ideas can be challenging. Since short films are easier to make than the feature movies, the production cost is also a lot cheaper. One has…

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Paul Thomas Anderson: Breaking Down His Directing Style & Techniques

By Alex Ferrari | Oct 10, 2016 | Comments Off on Paul Thomas Anderson: Breaking Down His Directing Style & Techniques
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Paul Thomas Anderson: Breaking Down His Directing Style & Techniques Some people are quick learners, some people have a keen sense already and polish their skill while some seem to have been born with the skill and talent to accomplish something great. Paul Thomas Anderson famously known as P.T Anderson happens to be such a…

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