Screenwriting

Matthew Weiner on Screenwriting

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The Paris Review —that hipster-ish magazine that must be read with horn-rimmed glasses while smoking a pipe— features a not too frequent series of interviews with screenwriters under the title, “The Art Of Screenwriting.” I have only read their latest one, with Mad Men showrunner and creator Matthew Weiner. A few of his ideas called my attention and gave me interesting material to reflect upon.

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Entertainment Industry

Professionals In The “New” Entertainment Industry

In three years of film school, every single professor remembered to mention how the industry is changing, and how we shouldn’t miss out on those changes. The digital world is upon as, they’d say. Questions about the future of film and TV arise. Whether the traditional models of distribution and exhibition will remain or not. Whether the traditional path for a filmmaker is the same today as it will be tomorrow.

This strikes me as particularly important when it comes to prepare college students for their profession in the entertainment industry. After having studied a little bit the general landscape of our beloved showbiz, I’ve come to a few conclusions, which I presented earlier today to the faculty of the Department of Film, TV & Digital Media at University of Navarre.

Here you can download the full PDF in better quality: “Entertainment Professionals In The New Industry.

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Entertainment Industry

What Happened This Summer? Hollywood Problems (1)

After a fascinating summer movie season — still ongoing — with more tentpole titles than ever, few of them outstanding and many embarrassing, for the first time in a few years there seems to be a fairly widespread sense of, “something’s wrong with Hollywood.” This might have been prompted by Steven Spielberg’s prophetic announcement that the industry is bound to implode sooner than later, as well as by the somewhat poor numbers seen in the domestic box office.

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Entertainment Industry

The “Spaindustry” List

As futile an attempt as it may seem, I’ve been trying to compile the Twitter accounts of Spanish entertainment industry players. The list includes screenwriters, producers, and companies, generally established as professionals in the business, with a fair amount of activity on their timelines  (please note, no actors!) Since I might have missed two (or twenty), feel free to give me a heads up if you think someone should, or shouldn’t, be there. You can send ’em my way on the comments section, or via my Twitter account. Please subscribe to the list; and hope you enjoy it!

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Hope For The Hopeless

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