Screenwriting 

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 | 0 Comments
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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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Screenplays: FREE Download 2017 Oscar Contenders + Over 100 More Film Scripts

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 13, 2016 | 8 Comments
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Screenplays: Download 2017 Oscar Contenders Moonlight, Hail, Caesar!, Captain Fantastic and More (Running List) UPDATED DEC 2016: 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…

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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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How to make a $1,000 Feature Film with Jay & Mark Duplass

By Alex Ferrari | Oct 4, 2016 | 13 Comments
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How to make a $1,000 Feature Film with Jay and Mark Duplass Make a feature film for $1000? Sounds crazy right? Well if you don’t know Mark Duplass you should get to know him. Mark and his brother Jay Duplass are most widely know for making the indie film hits “The Puffy Chair” and “Safety Not Guaranteed.”…

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How to Write a Screenplay That Really Sells

By Alex Ferrari | Oct 3, 2016 | 1 Comment
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How to Write a Screenplay That Really Sells Writing a screenplay is different than writing prose because of all the technical formatting required. No need to freak out – the formatting is fairly straightforward once you’ve been taught! Some writers even prefer the screenplay format since it allows them to focus on the true essence…

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IMDB: How to Get Your Film Listed and Other Secrets

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 30, 2016 | Comments Off on IMDB: How to Get Your Film Listed and Other Secrets
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IMDB: How to Get Your Film Listed and Other Secrets Sometimes I feel people believe IMDB.com (Internet Movie Database) is the great and powerful OZ, and to an extent they are right. If you are a filmmaker, actor or anyone in the film business and your not on IMDB (owned by Amazon.com) you might as well be invisible.…

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IFH 026: Is Film School Really Worth the Cost…NO!

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 28, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Is Film School Really Worth the Cost…NO! Film school, is it worth it? Let me start by saying that I’m a big believer in education and constant learning throughout life. I believe that the only way to truly experience the amazing things the world has to offer is by educating yourself as much as humanly…

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David Cronenberg: Inside the Mind of the Filmmaking Master

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 22, 2016 | Comments Off on David Cronenberg: Inside the Mind of the Filmmaking Master
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David Cronenberg: Inside the Mind of the Filmmaking Master Why did David Cronenberg direct so many films in the horror genre? Simultaneously cold and emotional, visceral and removed, horror is a genre constantly undergoing rebirth. Horror can be psychological, playing on unseen fears, or physical, assaulting us with gore. Horror films by classic directors like Alfred…

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Mise en Scene: What the Heck is it & Why is it Important?

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 21, 2016 | Comments Off on Mise en Scene: What the Heck is it & Why is it Important?
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What the Heck is Mise en Scene & Why is it Important? Working in the film business you hear many “inside” terms on a set like Apple box, MOS, montage don’t cross the line (to learn about the 180 degree line in a past article), etc. One such term is “Mise en Scene” or the…

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How to Become a Movie Screenwriter in Hollywood

By David Flores | Sep 19, 2016 | 4 Comments
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How to Become a Movie Screenwriter I was asked the other day, “How does one become a screenwriter?” Simple question, yet as I gave it further thought it occurred to me that it’s not one that can be easily answered. If you ask a guidance counselor how does someone become a doctor, chances are he…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Karl Iglesias Screenwriting Master Class & How to Create an Emotional Impact

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 16, 2016 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Karl Iglesias Screenwriting Master Class & How to Create an Emotional Impact
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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 such amazing info and knowledge bombs…

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

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 15, 2016 | Comments Off on Mr. Robot Script Analysis: Breakdown the Pilot Episode with Peter Russell
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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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IFH 099: How to Write a Screenplay FAST with Jeff Bollow

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 13, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 099: How to Write a Screenplay FAST with Jeff Bollow
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How to Write a Screenplay with FAST with Jeff Bollow Have you ever wanted to learn how to write a screenplay fast? I know I do. This is why I invited on the show award-winning producer/director, best-selling author, film festival organizer and public speaker, Jeff Bollow. He is the author of Writing FAST: How to Write Anything with Lightning…

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John Cassavetes – The Godfather of Independent Film

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 12, 2016 | 1 Comment
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John Cassavetes – The Godfather of Independent Film What comes to your mind when you first think of the name John Cassavetes? One of his iconic films probably popped into your head, didn’t it? Cassavetes wasn’t afraid to push the envelope with his films, and many of the movies we see today owe a debt…

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Script Writing Software: 5 Apps Better & CHEAPER Than Final Draft

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 9, 2016 | 6 Comments
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Script Writing Software: 5 Apps Better & CHEAPER Than Final Draft Formatting a screenplay can be rough unless you write in an application that does it for you. This is where script writing software comes in. Now when working with script writing software the most important thing is that it saves you time so you can…

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IFH 097: Doug Richardson – Screenwriting Bad Boys, Die Hard 2 & Making It in Hollyweird

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 6, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 097: Doug Richardson – Screenwriting Bad Boys, Die Hard 2 & Making It in Hollyweird
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Making It in Hollyweird as a Screenwriter with Doug Richardson Can you imagine having a front row seat to the start of the filmmaking careers of Will Smith, Bruce Willis and Michael Bay? Well this week’s guest Screenwriter Doug Richardson did just that. In 1989 20th Century Fox hired Doug to adapt Walter Wager’s novel 58 Minutes into the…

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Why Indie Filmmaking is Like Being in a Horrible Relationship

By Robert Heske | Aug 31, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Indie Filmmaking is Unrequited Love (And Why We Do It) One of my favorite unproduced screenplays is a story called LOVE STUPID about a misguided bachelor named Mark Morone who – traumatized from a painful childhood romance – sabotages every adult relationship before it gets too serious. He literally believes that his love endangers women,…

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