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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.

Barry Levinson - Writers on Writing

Barry Levinson - Writers on Writing

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Apr 2, 2010

A prolific screenwriter, producer and director, BARRY LEVINSON has received three Oscar nominations for …And Justice for All (with co-writer Valerie Curtin), Diner and Avalon. He collected a Best Director Oscar for Rain Man, in 1988. He has also earned three Writers Guild Awards.
Levinson’s numerous other screenwriting credits, solo and with co-writers, include Jimmy Hollywood, Toys, Unfaithfully Yours, Best Friends and Inside Moves.
Levinson has used his hometown Baltimore, Maryland, as the setting for four widely praised features: Diner, the semi-autobiographical comedy/drama that marked his directorial debut; Tin Men, involving warring salesmen; Avalon, in which his native city takes center stage through the recollections of an immigrant family; and Liberty Heights, a humorous and touching drama that addresses issues of race, class, religion and social change in the Baltimore of 1954.

Writing Movie Musicals!

Writing Movie Musicals!

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Apr 2, 2010

The musical is a unique film genre with its own quirks and conventions. In this DVD, panelists active in the writing and composing of musicals discuss their work processes and experiences with moderator WINNIE HOLZMAN (My So-Called Life, Once and Again, Wicked).

Panelists:
BILL KELLY wrote the screenplay for the musical fantasy Enchanted, with music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Bill’s prior films include the supernatural thriller Premonition and Blast from the Past. Prior to that, Bill did a stint at Chicago’s famed Improv Olympics, studying with Second City legend Del Close.

IRENE MECCHI began her association with Disney in 1992 – Her Disney feature animation writing credits are: The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Hercules. She is co-author of Disney Theatrical Productions’ Tony Award-wining The Lion King – which currently has eight productions on stages around the world. She adapted Broadway’s Annie into an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning television movie musical for ABC, directed by Rob Marshall.

STEPHEN SCHWARTZ contributed music and/or lyrics to Godspell, Pippin, Working (which he also adapted and directed), and the Broadway hit, Wicked, among many others. He collaborated on the songs for Enchanted as well as the features Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame and wrote the songs for The Prince Of Egypt. Schwartz is currently the President of the Dramatists’ Guild. Awards include three Academy Awards, four Grammys, four Drama Desk Awards, Songwriters Hall of Fame, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a tiny handful of tennis trophies.

Notes on Craft: Dialogue and Scene

Notes on Craft: Dialogue and Scene

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Apr 1, 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 DIALOGUE AND SCENE. Screenwriter panelists in this title are Bruce Evans and Raynold Gideon (Starman, Stand By Me), Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life, thirtysomething) and Nicholas Meyer (Time After Time, Star Trek II). Moderated by Dan Petrie, Jr. (Beverly Hills Cop, The Big Easy).

Notes on Craft: Concept

Notes on Craft: Concept

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Apr 1, 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 CONCEPT. Screenwriter panelists in this title are Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (Wanted, 3:10 To Yuma), Jim Kouf (National Treasure, Stakeout) and Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover, Four Christmases). Moderated by Dan Petrie, Jr. (Beverly Hills Cop, The Big Easy).

Notes on Craft: Characters

Notes on Craft: Characters

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Apr 1, 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 CHARACTERS. Screenwriter panelists in this title are Diane English (Murphy Brown, The Women), Thomas Rickman (Coal Miner’s Daughter, The Reagans) and Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost, The Time Traveler’s Wife). Moderated by Dan Petrie, Jr. (Beverly Hills Cop, The Big Easy).

Writers on Genre: Sci-Fi and Fantasy (two-disc set)

Writers on Genre: Sci-Fi and Fantasy (two-disc set)

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Mar 26, 2010

Writers on Genre is an in-depth series of events focusing on the most popular film genres today. Each session is a panel discussion with several of the most renowned writers in a particular genre. These writers talk about their techniques, how they broke into the business and how they approach their variety of script.
In these discs, writers of well-known science fiction and fantasy films talk about how they create their otherworldly tales. Panelists are Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Contact), Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeeley (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) and William Wisher (The Terminator, Judge Dredd). Moderated by F.X. Feeney.

Writers on Genre: Action Adventure/Thriller

Writers on Genre: Action Adventure/Thriller

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Mar 26, 2010

Writers on Genre is an in-depth series of events focusing on the most popular film genres today. Each session is a panel discussion with several of the most renowned writers in a particular genre. These writers talk about their techniques, how they broke into the business and how they approach their variety of script.
In this disc, writers active in the action and adventure/thriller sphere discuss how they keep us on the edge of our seats, biting our nails. Panelists are David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Blade), Simon Kinberg (X-Men:The Last Stand, Sherlock Holmes), and Zak Penn (Behind Enemy Lines, The Incredible Hulk). Moderated by Daniel Petrie Jr. (Beverly Hills Cop, Shoot To Kill).

Writers on Genre: Comedy and Romantic Comedy

Writers on Genre: Comedy and Romantic Comedy

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Mar 26, 2010

Writers on Genre is an in-depth series of events focusing on the most popular film genres today. Each session is a panel discussion with several of the most renowned writers in a particular genre. These writers talk about their techniques, how they broke into the business and how they approach their variety of script.
In this disc, writers active in the comedy and romantic comedy sphere discuss how to get audiences to chortle and chuckle. Panelists are Jim Herzfeld (Meet the Parents, Tapeheads), Jon Lucas & Scott Moore (The Hangover, Four Christmases), and Karen McCullah Lutz (Legally Blonde, The House Bunny). Moderated by Daniel Petrie Jr. (Beverly Hills Cop).

Writers on Genre: Drama and "True" Stories

Writers on Genre: Drama and "True" Stories

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Mar 26, 2010

Writers on Genre is an in-depth series of events focusing on the most popular film genres today. Each session is a panel discussion with several of the most renowned writers in a particular genre. These writers talk about their techniques, how they broke into the business and how they approach their variety of script.
In this disc, writers active in drama and “true” stories talk about how they pen serious stories. Panelists are Susannah Grant (The Soloist, Erin Brockovich), James Gray (We Own the Night, The Yards), Robert Nelson Jacobs (Chocolat, Extraordinary Measures) and Howard A. Rodman (Joe Gould’s Secret, Savage Grace). Moderated by F.X. Feeney.

Writers on Genre: Horror

Writers on Genre: Horror

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Mar 26, 2010

Writers on Genre is an in-depth series of events focusing on the most popular film genres today. Each session is a panel discussion with several of the most renowned writers in a particular genre. These writers talk about their techniques, how they broke into the business and how they approach their variety of script.
In this disc, writers active in the horror genre discuss how to scare the life out of audiences and get the shock reactions so crucial to this type of film. Panelists are Marcus Dunstan & Patrick Melton (Saw IV-VI, Feast), Scott Kosar (remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror and The Crazies), and Juliet Snowden & Stiles White (Boogeyman, Knowing). Moderated by Mick Garris (Host, The Fly II).

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