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.

Action-Adventure - Writers On Genre

$4.99 Format: Online Video    Date: Jul 6, 2011

Action/Adventure Screenplay Genre panel: Ehren Kruger, Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz, Jeff Nathanson, Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese, Moderator: Jack Epps In-depth interviews with top screenwriters on the major screenwriting genres, presented by the Writers Guild Foundation. Free underground parking included.

John August - Managing Expectations

$4.99 Format: Online Video    Date: Jun 25, 2011

“Big Fish” screenwriter John August talks about: Screenwriters control everything on the page — what characters do and say, which way the plot twists — but they can’t control what readers expect. Readers (and filmgoers) arrive with preconceptions of the genre, of the characters, of What Should Happen Next. Can smart screenwriters anticipate these expectations? How can they use this knowledge to their benefit, saving pages and plotlines?

Nicholas Meyer - What Makes a Great Story?

$4.99 Format: Online Video    Date: Jun 25, 2011

Nicholas Meyer delivers a lecture on creating a story from the ground up.

Screenplay Structure with Ted Elliott, John Lee Hancock and Derek Haas

$4.99 Format: Online Video    Date: Jun 25, 2011

The screenwriters of Pirates of the Caribbean, The Blind Side and 3:10 to Yuma discuss screenplay structure.


Beginnings, middles and ends. Setups and payoffs. What are the building blocks that you’ll need to make your story work on screen? How can you raise the dramatic stakes? What are some of the tricks you can use to keep the audience engaged

Breaking into the Business: The Screenwriting Marketplace

$4.99 Format: Online Video    Date: Jun 25, 2011

What do you need to know about getting your screenplay into the right hands? Where should you start? What are some pitfalls to avoid? Should you write to the marketplace or follow your passion? Are there things it’s useful to know about production realities, or doesn’t that matter?

Panelists: Leslie Dixon, Elizabeth Hunter, Marc Platt (producer), JP Evans (Agent, CAA), John Burnham (Agent, ICM), Laurence Mark (producer). Moderator: Jay Kogen

Bill Lawrence

$4.99 Format: Online Video    Date: May 19, 2011

Bill Lawrence interviewed by his wife, Christa Miller.

Writing Movies That Matter - How to Write a Feature Screenplay - Disc 1

Writing Movies That Matter - How to Write a Feature Screenplay - Disc 1

$49.95 Format: DVD    Date: Mar 29, 2011

The first panel of an all-day seminar focusing on a thematic approach to screenwriting. Featuring Jane Anderson, Dan Jinks, Nick Kazan, Billy Ray and James Uhls, with moderator Bruce Joel Rubin.

The New Family Comedies

The New Family Comedies

$24.95 Format: DVD    Date: Mar 24, 2011

TV Critic Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles times moderates a panel discussion with the creators of some of today’s hottest TV comedies, including Kevin Biegel (COUGARTOWN), Eileen Heisler and Deanne Heline (THE MIDDLE), Brad Falchuk (GLEE), and Steven Levitan (MODERN FAMILY).

Inside the Writers Room with Family Guy

Inside the Writers Room with Family Guy

$24.95 Format: DVD    Date: Mar 23, 2011

An evening with “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane and several of his writing cohorts. Panel discussion followed by Q&A.

Notes on Craft: Mood, Tone and Voice

Notes on Craft: Mood, Tone and Voice

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: May 26, 2010

This is one of a series of six seminars presented by the Writers Guild Foundation. Each is focused on a particular aspect of screenwriting, in this case MOOD, TONE AND VOICE. Screenwriter panelists in this title are Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Informant!), Robert Nelson Jacobs (Chocolat, Extraordinary Measures), Nicholas Kazan (At Close Range, Reversal of Fortune) and Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire, Warm Springs). Moderated by Dan Petrie, Jr. (Beverly Hills Cop, The Big Easy).

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