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Episode 108: What's In A Concept?
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July 08, 2013 04:09 PM PDT
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This month we share with you a discussion about the most fundamental element of a screenplay: its concept.

Recorded at CineStory 2012, in this session pro writers Mark Fergus and Philip Eisner discuss what makes for a great concept. Between them, Mark and Philip have been responsible for films such as CHILDREN OF MEN, IRON MAN and EVENT HORIZON.

Episode 107: CineStory Beginnings
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March 11, 2013 05:58 PM PDT
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In this episode we talk to CineStory co-founder and Executive Director Emeritus, Pamela Pierce, about why she founded the organization, how the industry has changed over the past two decades and what screenwriters need to know today.

Episode 106: The Hyphenate Question
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February 13, 2013 01:59 PM PST
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From writer-directors to writer-producers, many writers make their mark by wearing two hats. What kinds of opportunities does the hyphenate open up? Does having a reel, short film or webseries that you directed or produced add value to your career?

In this informal room from the 2012 Retreat, Seth Jaret, CEO of Content Engine, and Josh, a literary manager, speak to this question and the implications of the changing mediaverse for writers trying to succeed in today's Hollywood.

Episode 105: Writing for TV
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April 24, 2012 02:13 PM PDT
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Are we living in a golden age of TV? Two writer-producers and one rep with clients working in TV discuss how to land that first staff job, what types of material showrunners will consider and what opportunities currently exist for writers looking to work in TV.

Episode 104: Screenwriting Tips from the Pros
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March 21, 2012 05:23 PM PDT
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Ever wondered how the pros do it? Here's your chance to hear working Hollywood writers share advice, tools and methods for mastering the craft of screenwriting. Featuring Philip Eisner, Jonathan Fernandez, Glenn Gers, Meg LeFauve and Pat Verducci.

Episode 103: writer-producer Meg LeFauve and writer-director Pat Verducci
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February 13, 2012 08:07 AM PST
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Another gem from our 2011 Retreat! Just in time for Valentine's Day, this discussion explores the importance of writing from heart as well as maintaining a consistent tone, executing exciting set pieces and much more.

Episode 102: How to be a Working Screenwriter
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January 11, 2012 04:20 PM PST
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Recorded at the 2011 Retreat, this podcast features two literary managers discussing strategies for writing scripts that sell, spec'ing TV shows, as well as finding and working with a manager or agent.

Episode 101: Q&A with Screenwriter Mark Fergus (CHILDREN OF MEN, IRON MAN, COWBOYS & ALIENS)
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January 10, 2012 08:47 AM PST
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CineStory is delighted to be launching its podcast series with this Q&A session with previous CineStory Screenwriting Awards winner and mentor, Mark Fergus.

Recorded at a live event held in Los Angeles in 2011, this Academy Award nominee discusses his work on CHILDREN OF MEN, IRON MAN and COWBOYS AND ALIENS as well as answering questions about working with producers and pitching strategies.

Thanks to Mark for participating in the session and for sharing his screenwriting tips and experience. Thanks also to composer Don Bodin for use of his track Home.

CineStory is a nonprofit organization dedicated to mentoring screenwriters. It runs an annual competition featuring over 20k in cash and prizes, including a 12-month fellowship program. The top 20 writers from each competition are invited to an exclusive 4-day writers retreat where they work one-on-one with Hollywood pros like Mark Fergus.

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