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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.

Pre Show Notes

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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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Steve’s upcoming seminars
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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.

Pre Show Notes

— Why Hollywood as We Know It Is Already Over – an article by Vanity Fair about the future of Hollywood

— This episode brought to you by Slash Cards – The Horror Movie Trivia Card Game

 

Show Notes

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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 95 – Miranda Sajdak

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Miranda Sajdak is a film writer/producer currently living in Los Angeles. She recently joined with producer 
Sandra Leviton to co-found Script Chix and Under the Stairs Entertainment. She currently has a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for her next project. 

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Episode 94 – Andrew Bloomenthal

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Andrew Bloomenthal is entertainment writer whose work has appeared in Scriptmag, Creative Screenwriting Magazine, CNBC.com, and Variety magazine.
 
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The Dave Bullis Podcast – Episode 93: Matt R Lohr

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Matt R Lohr is an award-winning screenwriter, essayist, and critic. He holds an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman University and is the coauthor of the book, ‘Dan O’Bannon’s Guide to Screenplay Structure.’

Show Notes

— Alien – The classic movie from 1979. On its return to Earth, the U.S. commercial starship Nostromo is diverted to a desolate planetoid after receiving a cryptic signal from a derelict alien spacecraft. 
— Blood Meridian – Novel by Cormac McCarthy considered one of the greatest novels of the past 100 years.
— Lifeforce – the film portrays the events that unfold “after a trio of humanoids in a state of suspended animation are brought to earth after being discovered in the hold of an abandoned European space shuttle.
— Prometheus – Prequel of sorts to Alien.
— Scott Pilgrim vs the World –  5 Reasons Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Failed To Find An Audience
— Amitabh Bachchan – The biggest Bollywood star in the world
 Johnny Mnemonic – Keanu Reeves plays the title character, a man with a cybernetic brain implant designed to store information.
 Battlefield Earth – the film depicts an Earth that has been under the rule of the alien Psychlos for 1,000 years and tells the story of the rebellion that develops when the Psychlos attempt to use the surviving humans as gold miners.
 
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Matt R Lohr

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Episode 80 – Pilar Alessandra

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 Pilar Alessandra is the director of the popular writing program “On The Page” and author of “The Coffee Break Screenwriter.” A sought-after teacher and lecturer, she’s traveled the world teaching screenwriting, pitching, and story analysis. She also hosts her own podcast, “On the Page’.
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Episode 79 – Steve Kaplan

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Steve Kaplan has been the industry’s most sought-after expert on comedy. In addition to having taught at UCLA,
NYU, Yale and other top universities, Steve Kaplan created the HBO Workspace, the HBO New Writers Program and was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan Punch Line Theatre. He regularly serves as a consultant and script doctor to such companies as Dreamworks, Disney, HBO, Paramount,Touchstone, and others. In 2013, Steve published the book, “The Hidden Tools of Comedy” .
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Day 1 – My Obituary

As an exercise to both help the class get to know each other better and to start the writing process we’re asked to write our own obituary. (This writing exercise will not be in the book as it’s just for laughs).

Local Hooligan Dies

David Alan Bullis Jr died Sunday Sept 6th at the age of 31. He died as he lived…hunted by cyborgs.

Dave worked a dead end job as a multi media specialist at a small University outside of Philadelphia, PA. He never won the Nicholl Fellowship or Academy Award like he had wanted to but still managed to some notoriety. Starting in 2008, Dave began to move into filmmaking. Armed with a ninety nine dollar digital camcorder, and the book, ‘Rebel Without a Crew’ by Robert Rodriguez, made his student film. He was the first person to shoot at the new soundstage, Sun Center Studios, as he shot his TV pilot, ‘Game Over’ and managed to work with NFL Films. A few years later, Dave started a screenwriting group and started his own film production company, ‘Iron Fist Films’, and his own podcast, ‘The Dave Bullis Podcast’. He recently began working with noted screenwriting mentor, Bill Boyle.

He’s survived by his Father, David Alan Bullis Sr, a security guard, and his Mother, Nancy Bullis, a professional pain in the ass.
Funeral services will be held in Aston, PA (don’t feel bad almost the entire population of Earth has no idea where Aston, PA is).

30 Stories in 30 Days: An Intro

From September 6th til October 4th I’m participating in an online class, ’30 Stories in 30 Days.’

Every day I’ll be posting a new story and I would like anyone who cares to read any of the stories to give me any feedback. After this class is over I’ll be editing the best stories and then compile them into a Kindle ebook which I hope to retail for $3.99 in October.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy at LEAST one of the stories I’ll be writing.

-Dave