Screenwriting 

THROWBACK FRIDAY: Why Filmmakers are Always So Damn Broke & What They Can Do to Change It

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

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 bombs…

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IFH 153: Why You Need to Get Off Your Ass NOW & Make Your Film

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Why You Need to Get Off Your Ass NOW & Make Your Film I think the title speaks for itself. Every once in a while I need to hear some stories that inspire me to get off my ass and make sh*t happen. I hope this episode helps inspire you to get off your ass…

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David Mamet Masterclass: Learn Dramatic Writing from the Legend

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
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David Mamet Masterclass: Learn Dramatic Writing from Pulitzer Prize Winning Master David Mamet sat in on a poker game full of thieves and left with the inspiration for American Buffalo. Now, the Pulitzer Prize winner of Glengarry Glen Ross takes you through his process for turning life’s strangest moments into dramatic art. He’ll teach you the rules of…

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Breaking Bad Pilot: How to Write the Perfect TV Pilot

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Breaking Bad Pilot: How to Write the Perfect TV Pilot In my opinion, the Breaking Bad pilot is by far is as perfect as a television show as has ever been produced. The genius behind Walter White’s adventures into dealing meth is creator Vince Gillian. After watching the pilot episode of Breaking Bad I was hooked. Years later I…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: How to Pitch Your Film Like a Pro with Stephanie Palmer

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

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 bombs…

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[WATCH] All of Robert Rodriguez’s 10 Minute Film School

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Robert Rodriguez’s 10 Minute Film Schools – ALL OF THEM I’ve been a huge fan of the way writer/director Robert Rodriguez makes his films. The almost total creative control within the studio system is remarkable. Before Youtube film schools there was the 10-minute film schools on every DVD release of any Robert Rodriguez film. These 10 minute film…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Linda Seger – How to Make a Good Script Great

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 24, 2017 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Linda Seger – How to Make a Good Script Great

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 bombs…

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IFH 148: How to Write a Super Natural Hit Film with Beetlejuice Creator Larry Wilson

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 21, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 148: How to Write a Super Natural Hit Film with Beetlejuice Creator Larry Wilson
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How to Write a Super Natural Hit Film with Beetlejuice Creator Larry Wilson If you were a kid of the late 80s or early 90s then today’s guest definitely had an impact on your life. Larry Wilson is the co-creator of the cult classic Beetlejuice (directed by Tim Burton), writer of Addams Family and worked on the legendary television…

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James Patterson MasterClass: Learn Writing from a Master Storyteller

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 20, 2017 | Comments Off on James Patterson MasterClass: Learn Writing from a Master Storyteller
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James Patterson MasterClass: Learn Writing from a Master Storyteller Set out to write a best-selling book. James Patterson, the author of 19 consecutive No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, reveals his tricks of the trade for the very first time. In this course, he guides you through every part of the book writing process. In…

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IFH 146: Adventures at Cinequest with the Cast of This is Meg

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 7, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Adventures at Cinequest with the Cast of This is Meg It’s a been a long journey but This is Meg finally had it’s World Premiere at the Cinequest. I was fortunate enough to have a bunch of the cast make the trek up to San Jose, CA from Los Angeles. We had an amazing time.…

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How to Create a High Concept for Your Screenplay

By David Flores | Mar 4, 2017 | Comments Off on How to Create a High Concept for Your Screenplay
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How to Create a High Concept for Your Screenplay Every story starts with a concept. An idea that hopefully causes your eyebrow to arch, your lips to purse, and your brain to go, “Hmmm… intriguing.” It’s what Robert McKee, the author of Story, refers to as the magic “What If.” For instance, what if a…

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Steve Martin Masterclass – Learn Comedy from the Legend

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 2, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Steve Martin Masterclass – Learn Comedy from the Legend One of Steve Martin’s first gigs was at the drive-in movies. When the audience liked a joke, they honked. In this class, Steve shares insights from performing for cars and humans over a 50-year career spanning sold-out arenas and blockbuster films. Learn how to find your voice,…

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Mike Leigh: Writing a Screenplay with Improvisation & Actors

By Jonathan Roberts | Feb 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Mike Leigh: Writing a Screenplay with Improvisation & Actors
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Mike Leigh: Writing a Screenplay with Improvisation & Actors Mike Leigh is a legendary filmmaker known for his idiosyncratic creative process in which he and his actors create the film together through improvisation and workshopping. This is what I find so fascinating about his work. Let’s jump into the world of Mike Leigh. Born in…

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10 Tips To Negotiate Your Rate Like A Pro

By Matt Webb | Feb 24, 2017 | Comments Off on 10 Tips To Negotiate Your Rate Like A Pro
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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 | 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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Top Ten Best Screenplays Ever Written

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 22, 2017 | 2 Comments
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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 | Comments Off on Watch FREE: Pixar Storytelling MasterClass – Pixar in a Box
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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 | 31 Comments
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Screenplays: Download 2017 Oscar Contenders Moonlight, Hail, Caesar!, Captain Fantastic and More (Running List) UPDATED APRIL 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 | Comments Off on Top 10 Must Listen to Screenwriting Podcasts
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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 | Comments Off on IFH 142: Lessons Learned from Running Indie Film Hustle
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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 | Comments Off on IFH 138: How to Sell Your Idea to Television with Agent Matthew Doyle
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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 | 3 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 | Comments Off on Breaking Down The Social Network Screenplay – Aaron Sorkin, Structure, and Collaboration
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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 | Comments Off on Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production
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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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