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Behind-the-Scenes of the Business and Craft of professional Screenwriting.

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On this 100th Episode, hosts Tasha Huo and Josh Hallman chat with Steven DeKnight -- Showrunner-Writer-Producer-Director of such shows as DAREDEVIL, SPARTACUS, and BUFFY -- about his experiences transitioning from Writer to Showrunner, and then Writer to Director. They get into what the real difference is between simply being a Writer and being a Showrunner, and how to acquire the skills necessary to be a Showrunner or Director if your background has always been writing

 

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Edited by the GREAT Paul Lundquist

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Hosts Tasha Huo and Josh Hallman start their new series -- "What's the Theme?" -- with TOP GUN: MAVERICK. They break down what worked and didn't about the Theme in this epic thrill ride breaking box office records. Beware: lots of SPOILERS!

 

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Hosts Tasha Huo and Josh Hallman talk with Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton about being writing partners: their process, schedule, how they met, their first sale, and a ton more... Also, Ben and Jake discuss their (incredible) upcoming movie, THE PRINCESS. 

 

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You have a great idea, now what? The distance between an idea and a finished script can feel vast and wrought with disappointment. Hosts Tasha Huo and Josh Hallman discuss how they go from having an Idea to molding a Script out of that idea. 

 

TWIW: Are TV specs as samples back in vogue? How learning to be a producer is key to a writing career. Tom Cruise is awesome. How Mark Duplass advocates for sharing and workshopping your ideas with your writing community.

 

Questions/Comments: ActTwoWriters@gmail.com 

Edited by the great Paul Lundquist

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Screenwriters Tasha Huo and Josh Hallman discuss Screencraft's 5 Must-Haves for Writing Action Sequences and how to apply these must-haves to your own writing in a practical way, as well as how to avoid common missteps in action writing.

 

TWIW: Tasha's life gets turned upside down in the best way by their previous Work/Life Balance episode, and a real-life action sequence issue that came up for Tasha in TOMB RAIDER.

 

Questions/Comments: ActTwoWriters@gmail.com 

Edited by the great Paul Lundquist

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Hosts Tasha Huo and Josh Hallman talk with screenwriter Alex Convery about being on the Blacklist multiple times, the influence that has had on his career, and about the story of how his most recent Blacklist script, AIR JORDAN, got Ben Affleck attached to direct and co-star with Matt Damon.

 

Questions/Comments: ActTwoWriters@gmail.com 

Edited by the great Paul Lundquist

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Hosts Tasha Huo and Josh Hallman often stress out and over-caffeinate to get their work done. To learn how to do things differently, they sit down with veteran screenwriter, David H. Steinberg (American Pie 2, The Simpsons, No Good Nick), and make him get detailed about how he manages multiple projects at once, what his daily schedule looks like, and how he successfully maintains a Work/Life Balance as well as a successful screenwriting career. Let's talk time management!

 

Questions/Comments: ActTwoWriters@gmail.com 

Edited by the great Paul Lundquist

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Hosts Tasha Huo & Josh Hallman discuss the 4 most common big-picture notes they receive (and are currently addressing in their own scripts), and how to approach revisions effectively.

 

TWIW: How to choose what IP to adapt. 

 

Questions/Comments: ActTwoWriters@gmail.com 

Edited by the great Paul Lundquist

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Host Tasha Huo (Red SonjaTomb Raider: The Animated Series) talks about how she starts her adaptation projects, from the moment she picks up the IP to pitching it to execs; and host Josh Hallman tries to poke holes in her process.

 

TWIW: (SPOILER ALERT!) The Batman, and how to look at consulting producing as a "side hustle for writers".

 

Questions/Comments: ActTwoWriters@gmail.com 

Edited by the great Paul Lundquist

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Hosts Tasha Huo and Josh Hallman discuss the BAFTA lecture series from Tony Gilroy (ROGUE ONE, BOURNE Trilogy, MICHAEL CLAYTON), where he discusses his 7 Steps on how he writes an original screenplay. They break down each step, what it means, and how to use it practically in your own writing. 

TWIW: Actors who don't want to be vulnerable, Josh's life-changing encounter with a waiter/screenwriter, Using babies to create tension in your writing.

 

Questions/Comments: ActTwoWriters@gmail.com 

Edited by the great Paul Lundquist

Music by 414beg

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