Wed, 29 December 2021
In this special 2-part episode of Write On we talk to Flatbush Misdemeanors staff writer and co-writer of Hip Hop Family Christmas Saeed Crumpler about his career transition from rapper to screenwriter: "Coming from music, I used to look at each song as a ball of clay that had to be sculpted. I look at scripts the same way, even more so. I feel like you get even more time to make it better. I feel like in music, you only have a certain amount of time but with screenwriting, you have a lot of time to make it better, so why not make it better?"
Saeed gives advice for how to make your screenplay the best it can possibly be: "Get [notes] early and often. To me, the sooner you can get notes on something, the better because then you don't get attached to it… if you wrote something in a month, and somebody gives you notes, it's like, 'All right, cool.' But if you've been working on it for six months or a year, then it's way more personal."
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Category:screenwriting -- posted at: 3:19pm PDT
Mon, 20 December 2021
The hit Netflix series starring Henry Cavill returns! Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. Showrunner Lauren tells Write On: "I think I always think about keeping all of [the] fans in mind while also laying out a world that people who have never heard of The Witcher can follow and can enjoy. The way that I did that, alongside the writers, was to make sure that any person who wanted to watch the show felt like they were represented in the show."
Lauren goes on to talk about her career, writing process, and how she assembles a writer’s room. "When I was putting together the writer's room for season one, season two, and season three, I looked for a real mix of people. I think that everyone has to love genre somehow; everyone has to be able to tell me that they love science fiction, they love fantasy, they love comic books, they love something - something that feels not of this world necessarily."
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Category:screenwriting -- posted at: 3:31pm PDT
Thu, 16 December 2021
In this special 2-part episode of Write On we talk to Flatbush Misdemeanors staff writer and co-writer of Hip Hop Family Christmas Saeed Crumpler about going from rapper to screenwriter: "I had to make a change; I always loved film, and I just went back to school. I took $5,000, invested it in myself, took a UCLA online writing course… and I came out of there with two specs and an original pilot, and that original pilot is the one that's getting me jobs."
Saeed goes on to talk about collaborating with other writers: "When you're co-writing, you go through so many drafts, so many polishes. We worked so well together that I don't remember [who wrote what]. To me, when you're writing with a partner, it should feel like that, where at the end of the day it becomes a cohesive thing."
Direct download: Write_On_-_Saeed_Crumpler_Ep._1_v2_mixdown.mp3
Category:screenwriting -- posted at: 3:35pm PDT
Tue, 14 December 2021
The late night TV writer talks to Write On about breaking in and his early inspirations: "I was kind of the weird kid who at, like, 11 was watching David Letterman… [the realization] came to me in my very early teens like, 'Oh, this guy's not just saying jokes off the cuff, there are people writing there?'"
Robert goes on to give advice to writers aspiring to work in late night: "I would say to folks out there who want to do a late night packet that you should do one! It's intimidating - especially your first one - but you can do it. You can sit down for six hours and make your packet really perfect and good."
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Category:screenwriting -- posted at: 4:08pm PDT
Fri, 10 December 2021
Kelly is a development executive turned writer and author of ‘The Executive Chair: A Writer’s Guide to TV Series Development.’ She spoke to Write On about her decision to leave the executive world after 30 years and pursue her passion: "[Writing] was my own little private secret; I'd go home, and I'd write, and I'd enjoy the little worlds that I'd create and the short stories that I would write and the scripts that I would write, but I wasn't really actively pursuing it."
Kelly goes on to discuss what she learned as an exec and how it can be applied to the work: "It's really not about the concept. You need material that shows how good of a writer you are and how deep a thinker you are and how emotive you can be on a page… if you can be as honest and authentic and as deep and as rich with your characters as you possibly can, people will respond to that."
Direct download: Write_On_-_Kelly_Edwards_mixdown_1.mp3
Category:screenwriting -- posted at: 12:34pm PDT
Tue, 7 December 2021
Tracey talks to Write On about tackling the life story of music icon Aretha Franklin: "I began to live, breathe, eat Aretha 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I listened to nothing but her music, everything I read was about her; I just completely submerged myself into that world."
Tracey goes on to talk about her writing process and how she fosters her own creativity: "Part of the beauty of writing is that you evolve with it. As you change, your writing changes. The most important thing is you being in touch with your feelings and conveying that honesty and conveying that passion through the writing."
Direct download: Write_On_-_Tracey_Scott_Wilson_for_RESPECT_mixdown.mp3
Category:screenwriting -- posted at: 3:01pm PDT
Fri, 3 December 2021
An elite squad of Navy SEAL's, on a covert mission to transport a prisoner off a CIA black site island prison, are trapped when insurgents attack while trying to rescue the same prisoner. Co-Writer/Director James Nunn talks to Write On about what it takes to make an action movie: "When I'm reading an action movie, I think what separates the [direct-to-video] stuff from the stuff that gets a wider release is concept, predominantly, and character. If there's a really unique concept for an action movie, hold onto it and make it; those are the ones that are really going to transcend a normal fight movie."
James goes on to discuss his filmmaking career and what inspired him to get behind the camera: "I knew [I wanted to be a filmmaker] when I saw Jurassic Park when I was nine. I was just like, 'Right, I can be a paleontologist or I can be a moviemaker…' Something hit me in that screening where seeing a dinosaur and having this level of storytelling come to life transcended the movie, and it was like, 'Wow, I want to do that.'"
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Direct download: Write_On_-_James_Nunn_for_One_Shot_mixdown_1.mp3
Category:screenwriting -- posted at: 12:33pm PDT