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Now displaying: June, 2017
Jun 28, 2017

A Bad Idea Gone Wrong is a comedy about two would-be thieves who accidentally arm the alarm system and have to break out of the house they just broke into. This interview is with Writer and Director Jason Headley, Actor Matt Jones, and Actress Eleanore Pie. When they discover an unexpected housesitter, they suddenly have to deal with a hostage situation, double crosses, sexual tensions, and discoveries that make their difficult escape even more dubious. More information about the movie, cast and crew can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abadideagonewrong/ and on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/jason_headley. For more information on Laura Powers and her work you can go to her website www.laurapowers.net and you can find Laura on twitter @thatlaurapowers or follow her on instagram at laurapowers44.

Jun 28, 2017

Damon Courtney is an author and software engineer, and sometimes a little of both. Always wanting to serve both muses, he created BookFunnel as a way to deliver his own free books to new readers and decided to polish it up for other authors. He spends most of his days working on cool new stuff for authors while wishing he could get back to his own writing more often. In this Podcast, he talks about how BookFunnel can be a great resource for new authors. You can find out more about BookFunnel at: http://bookfunnel.com/. You can, also, connect with Damon and Book Funnel at the following social media sites: @BookFunnel on Twitter and http://facebook.com/BookFunnel/. You can, also, connect with Laura Powers at www.laurapowers.net. You can also find her on facebook and follow her on twitter @thatlaurapowers.

Jun 28, 2017

Emily Best is the founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, a subscription video streaming and crowdfunding platform that gives filmmakers the power to take control of their careers. In 2011, she produced the feature film, Like the Water, starring Caitlin FitzGerald (Masters of Sex, Rectify). Since then she has served as executive producer on a host of film and virtual reality projects that have played at festivals from Sundance to SXSW to Tribeca and beyond. Most recently she created and co-directed the web series F*ck Yes!, which Refinery 29 called, "The sex education you wish you had in high school." Emily was named a 2013 Indiewire Influencer, a 2014 New York Woman of Influence, was included on the 2015 Upstart 100 list, and graduated from the 2016 class of Techstars Boston. She has raised millions of dollars in traditional funding, equity crowdfunding, and rewards based crowdfunding, and contributed to over 300 crowdfunding campaigns to date. For more information on Seed and Spark and Emily, please visit her website at: www.seedandspark.com. Seed and Spark can also be found on all social media sites: @seedandspark and on Twitter: @emilybest. You can, also, connect with Laura Powers at www.laurapowers.net. You can also find her on facebook and follow her on twitter @thatlaurapowers.

Jun 28, 2017

Denise Meyers began her professional career at the William Morris Agency as an assistant to literary agent, Judy Scott-Fox after graduating from Oregon State University in 1982 with a degree in broadcast communications. After working as a freelance story analyst for independent film and distribution companies, Meyers became a screenwriter herself, but after twelve years in the film business with nothing but a handful of free options to show for her efforts, she moved to Utah to pursue a successful career as a full-time artist. When the economy bottomed out in 2009, Meyers returned to what she calls “the dream that wouldn’t die”. Principal photography was just completed on a short film she wrote in 2015 entitled THE DARK OF NIGHT (a Table Read my Screenplay Grand Prize Winner, Austin Film Festival 2015). The film, directed by Robin Wright, stars Leslie Bibb and Sam Rockwell, and was shot with the crew from House of Cards (including award winning director of photography, Dave Dunlap). In February 2016 she was named an Athena List winner at the Athena Film Festival in New York. Meyers is the only writer in the six year history of the festival to have two screenplays make it to the finals; RIDE THE WIND: The Bessie Stringfield Story, about the only African American woman to serve as a motorcycle dispatch rider in World War Two was an Athena List winner, and LUCKY 13, an Athena Finalist, is about the first American women to fly military aircraft in wartime and the significant role they played in training male pilots how to fly the B26 “Widowmaker” in advance of the D-Day attack on Normandy. Lucky 13 was recently chosen as one of three winners of the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival screenplay competition. For more information on Denise, please visit her website at: www.delicateflowerfilms.com. You can, also, connect with Laura Powers at www.laurapowers.net. You can also find her on facebook and follow her on twitter @thatlaurapowers.

Jun 28, 2017

Pilar Alessandra started her career as Senior Story Analyst at DreamWorks SKG. In 2001, she opened the Los Angeles-based On the Page Writers’ Studio dedicated to teaching and consulting with screenwriters and TV writers at all levels. She’s the author of the top-selling scriptwriting book, “The Coffee Break Screenwriter,” and host of the popular “On the Page Podcast.” An in-demand speaker, she’s taught seminars at Disney Animation, ABC, CBS and MTV, and traveled the world teaching in the UK, China, Poland, Vietnam, Columbia, Portugal and South Africa. Pilar’s greatest accomplishment is the success of her students, many of whom have won top competitions like the Nicholl Fellowship, are working on TV shows such as “The 100,” “The Walking Dead” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” and have sold scripts and pitches to studios including DreamWorks, Warner Bros. and Disney. We discussed screenwriting versus web series and tv writing. For more information about Pilar, her classes, consultations, book and podcast, go to www.onthepage.tv. For more information on Pilar, please visit her web page at: www.onthepage.tv. To connect with Laura Powers, please do so at: www.laurapowers.net. You can, also, connect with Laura on facebook and follow her on twitter @thatlaurapowers.

Jun 28, 2017

Lynn Povich is an award-winning journalist who has spent more than 40 years in the news business. She began her career at Newsweek as a secretary. In 1970, she was one of 46 Women who sued Newsweek for sex discrimination. Five years later, Povich was appointed the first woman Senior Editor in the magazine’s history. Her book on that landmark lawsuit, The Good Girls Revolt, was published by PublicAffairs in September 2012. A fictionalized 10-part series inspired by the book, Good Girls Revolt, has been running on Amazon Prime since October 2016. In 1991, Povich became Editor-in-Chief of Working Woman magazine and in 1996, she joined MSNBC.Com as Managing Editor / East Coast. Povich has received numerous honors, including a 1976 Matrix Ward from Women in Communications for Exceptional Achievement in Magazines and the 2006, Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award from Women in Periodical Publishing. For more information on Lynn, please visit her personal web page at: lynnpovich.com. You can, also, connect with Laura Powers at www.laurapowers.net. You can also find her on facebook and follow her on twitter @thatlaurapowers.

Jun 28, 2017

Robin Colucci helps coaches, consultants, and speakers write books that grow their businesses. Through ghostwriting or coaching, her professional team helps leaders in thought and business and other change. She is the author of How to Write A Book That Sells You. Her clients have been published by major publishers, such as Random House, DoubleDay, Hay House, and Wiley, while others have self-published. Get Robin’s free report: 5 Reasons You Might Need A Book Deal http://needabookdeal.com. To find out more about Robin Colluci’s services, please visit: http://www.robincolucci.com/. You can, also, connect at www.laurapowers.net. You can also find her on facebook via Write Hot and follow her on twitter @thatlaurapowers.

Jun 28, 2017

Laura and Marika met at Book Expo America 2016 in Chicago at a panel on PR for authors. Marika Flatt launched PR by the Book, LLC in 2002, combining her love of the media, public relations and books. Leading up to that, after garnering experience as the host of two cable television shows (The Teen Report & The College Report) in San Antonio, reporting for her college newspaper and producing for her college TV station, and working with NBC-TV in Dallas, Marika spent seven years leading the publicity team of an Austin-based book publicity firm. While there, she was the Director of Publisher Services, handling the company’s key publicity campaigns and serving as the company’s spokesperson. Marika received a Gold Bulldog Award for a publicity campaign that resulted in exposure in over 700 media outlets. Marika is a regular speaker at conferences around the country, educating audiences on topics related to publicity and promotion. Keeping her in touch with her journalism side, Marika has been a travel writer for over a decade and serves as the Travel Editor for Texas Lifestyle Magazine. Also, Marika can be heard on the statewide NPR show “Texas Standard,” giving her Weekend Trip Tips. If you would like more information on PR by the Book LLC and Marika Flatt you can find her at: http://www.prbythebook.com/, Blog: http://feeds.feedburner.com/prbythebook, FB: https://www.facebook.com/prbythebook/, Twitter: https://twitter.com/prbythebook/, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prbythebook/. You can follow Laura Powers at www.laurapowers.net. You can also find her on Facebook via Write Hot and follow her on twitter @thatlaurapowers. Today's podcast is brought to you by audible.com - get a FREE audiobook download and 30-day free trial atwww.audibletrial.com/writehot. Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player.

Jun 28, 2017

Signe Olynyk is a Writer / Producer, as well as Founder of ScriptFest (www.scriptfest.com) and www.pitchfest.com, which includes the Great American PitchFest, the Great British PitchFest, and the Great Canadian PitchFest. She lives in Canada, and runs the highly regarded Sooke Writers Retreat from a secluded, oceanfront home, where dozens of select writers join her each year for their personal writing retreats. In addition to this, Signe has written and produced a number of television pilots, series, documentaries, and feature films, and works in the industry. She has professional credits on more than 120 productions, including her two latest feature films, ‘Below Zero’ (www.belowzeromovie.com) and ‘Breakdown Lane’ (www.breakdownlanemovie.com). Her work has been seen around the world on the CBC, Discovery Channel, Scream Channel, Fox, the BBC, and various others. To connect with Signe or pitch her, go to www.scriptfest.com and info@scriptfest.com.You can connect at www.laurapowers.net. You can also find her on facebook via Write Hot and follow her on twitter @thatlaurapowers. Today's podcast is brought to you by audible.com - get a FREE audiobook download and 30-day free trial atwww.audibletrial.com/writehot. Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player.

Jun 28, 2017

Laura spoke with Kevin about building towards multiple NYT bestsellers, working with Hollywood, and book bundling. Kevin J. Anderson has published 140 books, 54 of which have been national or international bestsellers. He has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as unique steampunk fantasy novels Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives, written with legendary rock drummer Neil Peart, based on the concept album by the band Rush. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita fantasy trilogy, the Saga of Shadows trilogy, and his humorous horror series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie PI. He has edited numerous anthologies, written comics and games, and the lyrics to two rock CDs. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press. If you would like more information on Star Wars, Dune, and a New World of Publishing you can connect with Kevin J. Anderson the following ways: wordfire.com Twitter: @theKJA Facbook: Official Kevin J. Anderson Page. You can connect at www.laurapowers.net. You can also find her on facebook via Write Hot and follow her on twitter @thatlaurapowers. Laura’s new book Supernatural Survival Guide is now available, you can buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/Supernatural-Survival-Guide-Laura-Powers-ebook/dp/B01MQ5K0L8/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8! Today's podcast is brought to you by audible.com - get a FREE audiobook download and 30-day free trial atwww.audibletrial.com/writehot. Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player.

Jun 27, 2017

"...The process of writing a screenplay is different from writing a play in many essential ways. The first is the difference in the use of action.

For screenwriters, action is the primary tool of structure. But for playwrights, the primary tool is dialogue.

Don’t get me wrong. As a playwright, you need to visualize to some degree what is happening on the stage in order to really create your dialogue, in order to create the piece. But you don’t have to communicate that to anybody else. People don’t need to see your play in their mind like they do when reading a screenplay; they need to hear it, and they need to see the big elements.

You get to rely on the director, because plays have this thing called rehearsals. 

It is crazy that rehearsals, for the most part, don’t exist in filmmaking. Even though some of the really great film directors do rehearse-- for example Francis Ford Coppola had a history of bringing the cast up to his estate to rehearse-- most film directors don’t rehearse at all. 

That’s for a very simple reason: stars cost about $20 million bucks..."

Jun 27, 2017

"...If you’ve been following my podcast, you know that I’ve been talking for some time about the desperate need for some smart people to start writing superhero movies.

Action movies and superhero movies are the mythologies of our time-- millions of people see them, and as much as we might like to dismiss them as pure entertainment, the truth is, they irrevocably shape our view of the world, our children’s view of the world, the stories we tell ourselves about how to be our best selves, how to solve our problems, and what it means to be a hero.

In this way, all action movies are political.

Which is why it’s so darn nice to see a movie like Wonder Woman kicking ass at the box office..."

Jun 20, 2017

Kate Drane is Indiegogo’s Senior Director of Outreach for Tech and Hardware. Her favorite thing to do is democratize access to resources, and considers herself as a VC of the people. Since starting at Indiegogo in July 2012, she's empowered more than 500 entrepreneurs to collectively raise over $80M on the Indiegogo platform, including Canary, Misfit, and Skulpt. For more information on Indiegogo go to www.indiegogo.com or connect with Kata on Twitter @katedrane. We met at the Industry conference in Cleveland http://indsum.com/.You can connect at www.laurapowers.net. You can also find her on facebook via Write Hot and follow her on twitter @thatlaurapowers. Laura also is now taking pre-orders for her new book Supernatural Survival Guide! You can get order the book and get great perks at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/supernatural-survival-guide-book/x/2967887#/.

Jun 20, 2017

Jeanne Veillette Bowerman is the Editor and Online Community Manager of Script Magazine and on Stephanie Palmer's list of "Top 10 Most Influential Screenwriting Bloggers." She is Co-Founder and moderator of the weekly Twitter screenwriters’ chat, #Scriptchat, and wrote a Tracking Board Top 25 Launch Pad Competition selected script, the narrative adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery by Another Name, with its author, Douglas A. Blackmon, former senior national correspondent of The Wall Street Journal. The limited series version of the same project was recently selected as PAGE Awards TV Drama Finalist. Jeanne also is President of Implicit Productions and consults with writers on how to build and strengthen their online and offline networks as well as face their fears in order to succeed in writing and in personal peace - a screenwriter's therapist. Laura and Jeanne met at Nashville Writer’s Conference where we talked about screenwriting and the metaphysical. To connect with Jeanne, you can go to http://jeannevb.com or follow her on twitter: @jeannevb. You can connect at www.laurapowers.net. You can also find her on facebook via Write Hot and follow her on twitter @thatlaurapowers. Laura also is now taking pre-orders for her new book Supernatural Survival Guide! You can get order the book and get great perks at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/supernatural-survival-guide-book/x/2967887#/.

Jun 20, 2017

Excerpt From The Podcast

"...hidden underneath this little character driven drama is actually an adaptation of three different stories. The first is the true life story of Chuck Wepner, a down and out fighter who went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali and was the inspiration for Rocky. At the same time, it is also an adaptation of the Rocky film. It is a reimagining of Rocky-- stripped all of Sylvester Stallone’s American dream sugar coating. And at the same time, it’s also an adaptation of a third film: an old movie from 1962 called Requiem for a Heavyweight.  So here we have this unassuming character driven independent feeling little film, that looks like just a simple biopic, but under the surface, there is actually something very complicated going on..."

Jun 20, 2017

Excerpt From The Podcast

"...as Dan O’Bannon has noted in interviews, the idea that actually spawned the original Alien, was the horror of rape and forced pregnancy-- a horror that so many women have gone through in their real world lives, but that few men could viscerally understand. So instead of going after women in an exploitative way, as so many horror movies have done, he wanted instead to go after the men-- to make that horror visceral to men, in a way that would make them, “Cross their legs” and feel what that is like.
 
And you can see that the entire structure of the Alien franchise, from the structure of each individual script, to the horrifying visuals, to the rules of the universe, down all the way to the production design, the way the alien creatures burst from the chests (and later, in Alien: Covenant from the backs) of impregnated males, every single decision grows from that one simple idea. The deeply personal why that the writer is actually writing it..."
Jun 14, 2017

What writers can learn from the classic films of 1971.

1971 was a daring and progressive year in the history of movies. Coming off the political turmoil of the 60’s, films continued to break new ground in how stories could be told, particularly in tried and true genres. Films like THE FRENCH CONNECTION, KLUTE and DIRTY HARRY added grit and realism to the police procedural. HAROLD AND MAUDE and SUMMER OF ’42 dramatically updated romance. And films like A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and STRAW DOGS challenged adult audiences and the limits of sex and violence on the big screen. Even kid films went darker with efforts like WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. It was a nihilistic and turbulent time, but Hollywood storytelling ended up being all the better for it. 

Jun 13, 2017

Writer/Producer Tylor Bohlman

Tylor Bohlman Talks About His Horror / Thriller Feature Jake's Dead

Jun 13, 2017

Austin Film Festival Co-Founder Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan Talks About Writing Fiction Podcast Scripts

Jun 13, 2017

Writer / Director Martin Koolhoven

Martin Koolhoven Talks About His New Western Feature, Brimstone

Jun 13, 2017

Writer/Director Ed Gass-Donnelly

He talks about his latest thriller film, Lavender

Jun 13, 2017

Writer / Director Mark Hanley

He talks about his new short film: Dark Afternoon

Jun 13, 2017

Writer / Director / Producer Bryan Bertino

He talks about his new horror film, The Blackcoat’s Daughter

Jun 13, 2017

Director Dagen Merrill

He talks About His New SyFy Channel Film, Atomica.

Jun 8, 2017

DC Comics’ “Wonder Woman” adaptation is one of the best comic book movies ever.

After the last few dour big screen efforts coming from the DC universe, “Wonder Woman” breaks the cycle with its upbeat origins story. Director Patty Jenkins, screenwriter Allan Heinberg, and star Gal Gadot have delivered an instant classic. It’s smart, funny, moving, and with World War I as its backdrop, it has genuine stakes that mean more narratively. Gadot, very much like Christopher Reeve in his 1978 “Superman” debut, makes virtue compelling and attractive. Her earnest Amazon princess Diana wants to save the world and that goodness drives how the story develops and every action set piece within. To put it simply, the film is wondrous.

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