Hollywood How-To

From sell-out panels to one-on-one interviews, the Writers Guild Foundation follows every major writer and trend in film and TV. Check out our collection of over 80 not-to-be-missed titles.

Anatomy of a Script: Graham Yost and JUSTIFIED

Format: Online Video    Date: Apr 4, 2013

Author Elmore Leonard has called JUSTIFIED one of the most accurate representations of his work he’s ever seen. The winner of a 2010 Peabody Award, the show – based on the Leonard short story FIRE IN THE HOLE – has been described as having a “rich vein of gallows humor” and “twisty hillbilly-noir narratives.”

Kevin Spacey's got blood on his hands. How many times have you driven past the billboard without noticing that?

Anatomy of a Script: Beau Willimon and HOUSE OF CARDS

$20.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Mar 21, 2013

A groundbreaking television experiment, HOUSE OF CARDS is one of the first series ever to be released in its entirety on Netflix’s stream-on-demand service.

Anatomy of a Script: Michael Bacall and 21 JUMP STREET

$20.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Mar 14, 2013

Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers called 21 JUMP STREET a “bracing new take” on the classic 80s television series, adding that it has a “playful spark all its own.” Richard Brody of The New Yorker said “the script rings brightly with sassy and salacious lines and sharp-edged characters.”

Anatomy of a Script: Ben Lewin and THE SESSIONS

$20.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Mar 7, 2013

A breakout hit of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, THE SESSIONS took the Audience Award and went on to become a critical favorite. Tom Charity of called it “a very different kind of love story, breaking taboos lightly, with sensitivity and humor,” and Philip French of The Guardian calls it “honest about desire and love and the need for sex.”

Anatomy of a Script: Robert and Michelle King and THE GOOD WIFE

$Free! Format: Online Video    Date: Feb 28, 2013

With a top Metacritic score of 89 out of 100 (indicating “universal acclaim”), THE GOOD WIFE has been nominated for dozens of awards, including Emmys, Golden Globes and Writers Guild Awards. It’s been called an “insightful, multilayered human drama” by Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times, and has been on numerous top ten lists since it premiered in 2009.

From Improvisor to Writer

Format: Online Video    Date: Jan 17, 2013

UPDATE. We have good news and bad news regarding this event. First, and sadly, Robert Ben Garant and Jay Kogen have had to cancel their appearances. Second, and more thrillingly, we’ve added two HAPPY ENDINGS writers to the panel: Jackie Clarke and Gil Ozeri. And another writer from THE OFFICE: Warren Lieberstein!

LA is awash with improv comedy. From Groundlings to UCB to I/O, there’s plenty of options for a Friday night laugh.

But improv is much more than a handful of quick-witted folks on stage creating hilarious skits on the fly. It’s a way to make your writing better. And there’s no shortage of talented and successful comedy writers who honed their skills by saying “yes, and…”

Join a slew of amazing improv comics who used the skills they developed on stage to forge amazing careers in writing! Also featuring Wendy Goldman and Linda Wallem!

Robin Schiff will moderate the panel.

Writers on Writing: David O. Russell

$20.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Dec 6, 2012

Join us as we spend an evening with the writer-director of such films as Three Kings, The Fighter, I Heart Huckabees, and most recently Silver Linings Playbook.

Writers on Writing: Paul Thomas Anderson

$20.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Nov 8, 2012

Join us as we host the writer-director of such films as Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love and most recently The Master.

Notes on Craft 2012: Rewriting and Polishing

$5.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Nov 1, 2012

So your script is finished. Or… is it? Join Leslie Dixon (LIMITLESS), Nick Kazan (REVERSAL OF FORTUNE) and Scott Alexander (MAN ON THE MOON) as they discuss the final stages of the screenwriting process.

Notes on Craft 2012: Dialogue and Scene

$10.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Oct 25, 2012

Join our panelists Susannah Grant (ERIN BROCKOVICH), Peter Tolan (ANALYZE THIS) and other guests (to be announced) as they discuss how to create conversations that keep people reading.

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