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Episode 166 – Steven Bernstein (Cinematic Storytelling)

Steven Bernstein is a screenwriter, director, and cinematographer.  He’s lensed such films as Monster (Directed by Patty Jenkins), Kicking and Screaming (directed by Noah Baumbach) and Like Water for Chocolate. Interestingly he also shot comedies like The Waterboy, Scary Movie 2, and White Chicks and blockbuster action films like S.W.A.T. He also wrote a best selling text book, Film Production.

His latest films, Decoding Annie Parker, and Dominion Steven wrote and directed. The films include actors  Aaron Paul, John Malkovich, Helen Hunt, Rhys Ifans, Zosia Mamet, Bradley Whitford, and Rashida Jones.

 

Currently Steven is teaching his own film seminars on & offline which I highly encourage you check out HERE.

Steven has had an unusual career and it’s led him to very different views about filmmaking. Steven has lectured on film, particularly new approaches to screenwriting based on an understanding of the visual nature of film, as well as radical approaches to lighting and understanding cinematography for the non-cinematographer. He also has lectured about new approaches for putting together the independent film.

We chat working with Patty Jenkins on Monster, making your own projects, working with A level talent like Charlize Theron and John Malkovich, and so much more.

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SHOW NOTES

Steven Bernstein Film Seminars – Finally, seminars from a real feature filmmaker, who is a successful writer, director, cinematographer and producer.

Eurythmics – were a British music duo consisting of members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart.

Tony Kaye – is a British director of films, music videos, advertisements, and documentaries.

Patty Jenkins – a writer/director best known for her debut feature Monster, based on the life of convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos, directing the pilot episode of AMC’s hit show The Killing , and as the director of the film Wonder Woman for Warner Brothers.

Wonder Woman – Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Monster – Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

Charlize Theron – is a South African-American actress and film producer.

Decoding Annie Parker – Love, science, sex, infidelity, disease and comedy, the wild, mostly true story of the irrepressible Annie Parker and the almost discovery of a cure for cancer.

Dominion – The last days of the poet Dylan Thomas as he dreams and drinks.

Resources

Steven Bernstein Reel

 

Making the Independent Film Seminar

The Film Set for Actors Seminar

The Film Set for Screenwriters

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Episode 165 – Guy Goldstein (Writing Your Story)

Guy Goldstein is a screenwriter, software developer, and the creator of WriterDuet screenwriting software.

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Show Notes

Sophocles ScreenWriting Software – was a Windows-based screenwriting software application used for writing feature film and television screenplays. The program first became available on the Internet in 1999. Its distinguishing features included a two window screen setup, showing the script and screenplay outline simultaneously.

WriterDuet – is a screenwriting software that focuses on real-time collaboration and industry-standard formatting for writing screenplays created by Guy Goldstein

Downward Dog – The series follows the adventures of Martin, a philosophizing dog, who has to live with his owner, Nan, a millenial who has no more time for him because of her work at Clark and Bow Outfitters.

Spider Man: Homecoming – Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

Screenwriters Who Can Actually Write – Best screenwriting group on the web.

 

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Episode 147 – Michael E Bierman (45x Award Winning Screenwriter)

Michael E Bierman is an attorney turned 45x award winning screenwriter, and the founder of the popular Facebook group, Screenwriters Who Can Actually Write. His book on screenwriting is due out later this year.

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The Three Screenwriting Books Mike recommends:

The Screenwriters Bible by David Trottier

21st Century Screenplay – Linda Aronson

Your Cut To is Showing by T.J. Alex

 Best Picture Nominees

Hell or High Water

Fences

Arrival

Screenwriting Resources

Screenwriting U – Named “#1 Choice for Screenwriting Classes” by InkTip.com, and listed #1 in “Top 9 Screenwriting Courses” on the Net by Script Magazine.

Scott Myers – Screenwriter (K-9, Alaska, Trojan War); Assistant Professor DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts; GoIntoTheStory, screenwriting blog of the Black List.

Screenwriting Master Class – Screenwriting Classes from Scott Myers and Tom Benedek

Go Into The Story – Premier online learning resource with Tom Benedek and Scott Myers

 

Misc

Gadsby – A novel written without using the letter “E”

 

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Episode 141- James Altucher (How to Choose Yourself)

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James Altucher is a multi #1 Amazon best seller, former host of III:AM on HBO, and host of one of the top podcasts in the world, The James Altucher Show. His latest book, ‘Reinvent Yourself‘ comes out January 5th, 2017. PRE Order it here.

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Show Notes

Don’t Send Your Kids to College by James Altucher – This is how I was introduced to James

III:AM – James’ show on HBO

– Brian Koppleman – Screenwriter of Rounders, and the Showtime series, Billions.

Rounders – Feature film written by Brian Koppleman

Choose Yourself – James’ seminal work about life, art, writing, and how to becoming a better you.

The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin – A book about making yourself a better learner by breaking things down

Mark Duplass – Actor, Writer, Director, and Producer

How to Make a Feature Film with Mark Duplass via Indie Film Hustle

Mark Duplass: ‘There’s no excuse not to make films on weekends with friends’

Creep – A videographer drives to a remote mountain town after answering a cryptic Craigslist ad for a one-day gig. As the day progresses, the man who hired him becomes increasingly more unhinged and the road to easy money takes a turn for the unexpected.

The One I Love – A married couple (Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss) find their relationship and very existence put to the test in this wickedly inventive romantic comedy.

Netflix plans to spend $6 billion on new shows, blowing away all but one of its rivals

– My Seinfeld Year – Writer Fred Stoller’s one year writing for the TV show, Seinfeld

Seinfeld Box Set

Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything

Lost: The Complete Collection – on Blu Ray

– Lost Encyclopedia – Official book on Lost with a foreword by Damon Lindelof

Damon Lindelof – Screenwriter, and Producer

Steven Pressfield – Author and Screenwriter

War of Art – Steve’s seminal work of art and creativity battles

Turning Pro – The 2nd follow up to War of Art

The Knowledge – Steve’s latest book about his experiences as a coming of age writer.

Shawn Coyne – Shawn is Steven, and Robert McKee’s editor and the author of the Story Grid

Robert McKee – Often called, ‘The God of Story’ and host of his own legendary Story seminar

Dialogue by Robert Mckee

Story by Robert Mckee

Screenplay by Syd Field

Save the Cat by Blake Synder

The 90 Day Screenplay by Al Watt – My pick for the best book on Screenwriting

 

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Episode 132 – Whitney Davis

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Whitney Davis is a literary manager and script consultant, and she runs her own consultancy agency, Whitney Davis Literary. 

 

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Episode 128 – Aaron Kaufman and Brian Levin

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Aaron Kaufman is a producer, writer, and director best known for producing Machete Kills, and Sin City 2 for Robert Rodriguez. He also directed the film, Urge, starring Pierce Bronson. 

Brian Levin a producer and writer known for Playing with Guns and Boys in Blue.
They’ve just produced the new movie, Flock of Dudes, which is out September 30th, 2016.

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Episode 124 – Tom Benedek

 

 

Tom Benedek  has written and rewritten screenplays for Robert Zemeckis, Lawrence Kasdan, Lili Fini Zanuck & Richard Zanuck, David Brown, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, Sydney Pollack, , Harold Ramis,  Brian Grazer, and many others. He wrote the screenplays for Cocoon, Zeus and Roxanne, The Adventures of Pinocchio and other films.

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Episode 108 – Ashley Scott Meyers

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Ashley Scott Meyers is a screenwriter and host of the, ‘Selling Your Screenplay’ podcast. He just raised over $14,000 for his debut feature film, ‘The Pinch’ on Kickstarter.

Show Notes

Selling Your Screenplay Podcast
The Pinch on Kickstarter
Max Landis
Max Landis screenwriting advice

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Ashley Scott Meyers

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Episode 107 – Alan Watt

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Alan Watt is the founder of the LA Writers Lab and the author of the book, ‘The 90 Day Screenplay‘. He also recently completed his first feature film, Diamond Dogs, which is based off his own best selling novel of the same name

Show Notes

— Story by Robert McKee (Physical version)
— Story by Robert McKee (Kindle version)
— Story by Robert McKee (Audible version)
— The 90 Day Screenplay by Alan Watt
Upcoming workshops via LA Writers Lab

 

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Episode 104 – Glenn Benest

 

 

Glenn M. Benest is an award-winning writer/producer. He received his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University and his Master of Fine Arts at U.C.L.A. in playwriting. He has seven produced film credits including two films he wrote for Wes Craven. In 2004 he wrote and produced his own independent film, “Hungry Hearts,” which was picked up by Shoreline Entertainment for worldwide distribution. It has won numerous awards, including the Special Jury Prize at the Houston International Film Festival (Worldfest) for best low budget feature and Best Dark Comedy Feature at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.

Show Notes

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— Stranger in Our House
— Deadly Blessing
— Scream

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