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A Quarter of the Year is Upon Us

Welcome to Smashcut! A PSA Newsletter dedicated to giving you all the industry news in an entertaining and informative way. April showers may bring May flowers but nothing compares to what’s inside the latest edition of Smashcut! With the Oscars now in the rearview mirror, we can finally set our sights on what’s really important – summer blockbusters. It may only be Spring but we’re chomping at the bit to see what’s coming out for the summer. With that said, we have another outstanding newsletter this month – chock-full of great industry news and membership happenings. So get out your electronics and see all the great stuff this month’s issue has in store for you. 

Our guest columnist this month, Chris LaMont (screenwriter/filmmaker and ASU film Professor), writes about the importance of properly formatting your screenplay.  Jessica Brown (PSA board member and screenwriter) will review the book Story: Substance, Structure, Style And The Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKeel and Lovinder Gill (filmmaker and creator of Scriptcake podcast) discusses why stories run out of steam. Looking for good books on screenwriting? Jessica will give you the real deal on what books make the grade what ones don’t.  

Want to know what’s happening in Hollywood? The deals, the dealmakers, and dealbreakers? Look no further than Smashcut. We do the work, so you don’t have to. From membership happenings to box-office numbers, Smashcut has what you need. So, sit back, pull up your smartphone or tablet and be prepared to spend all day enjoying the wealth of information we have obtained.  If you are so inclined, please drop us a line – have any news to share, would like to contribute to the newsletter? We’d love to hear from you.
Carlo Dall’Olmo (Screenwriter/Board Member): Started to outline his first novel. Has always wanted to attempt this form of writing. Was able to obtain a $500 grant for PSA through his place of employment.

Tony Severe: PSA Board Member T Severe’s recent film, The Seed Of Consequences, won Honorable Mention as best feature film at the Australia International Film Festival.  More at:
He also just released a CD he wrote and produced for Felicity Heron, a vocalist he has collaborated on with several of his films.  More at:

Scott Gore (PSA and Board Member): Filming for his screenplay Woman in the Maze, staring Meredith VanCuyk, will take place between Mar 14-28 in Amarillo, TX, PHX and Prescott and Jerome.
Adam White (PSA member and screenwriter): He released his latest feature film, Funny Thing About Love, starring Jon Heder and Barry Corbin in December. He is currently finishing the first draft of his latest feature which is a Sci-fi epic.

Bevery Nault (PSA member and screenwriter/novelist): She’s enjoyed the chance to read and review several books for PSA now and she thinks many of them will help her screenplays. She hopes our members take advantage of the suggestions both Jessica and her are presenting. She’s also been learning a lot by attending PSA events such as the class led by Bob Saenz. Her feature screenplay, Perfect Misfits, that she brought to the Actors Reading Writers event in September, won “Best First Time Feature Screenwriter” in the Content 2022 Film Festival and Media Summit Contest, and has been selected in several others that haven’t been announced yet. Baby steps! She also just learned her screenplay (which she brought to Actors Reading in September also won Best Screenplay and Best Writer in the Christian Online Film Festival. She’s very honored!

Phoenix Screenwriters Association would like to welcome our new members in 2022, we are excited to have you as a member and look forward to watching you grow as writer: Adam White

April 2nd
Screenplay Analysis: Silverado

April 9th
How a Production Team Reads Your Script

April 12th
In The Works: Actors Reading Writers

April 19th
Writers Insight Workshop – West Valley

April 23rd (in-person and online)
The Creative Journey: A Sit Down With Television/Film producer/writer Scott Steindorff

April 26th
Writers Insight Workshop

FADE IN: And now what?
By Chris LaMont


That is the sound of a 120-page spec screenplay that a writer spent hours, days, months and maybe years birthing from their creative ether – pulling the words straight out of their souls and onto the written page – forsaking family, friends, a social life, and a million other things that they could have done instead – all so they could tell their story to the world. 

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Tony Severe

Hey Writer! Did you hear the story about Story?  
By Jessica Spring Brown 

Actually it’s about the Book titled: Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of  Screenwriting by Robert McKee. A classic and a must read for all of us people who are crazy in  love with writing and especially screenwriting.  

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Tony SevereScriptcake Podcast - Why does my story run out of steam?
with Lovinder Gill

In this short podcast, I answer a question that I've been asked 100s of times - Why does my screenplay fizzle out after 20-25 pages? 

I identify what is missing in 99.9% of the scripts that I've been asked to analyze that have this issue. Take a listen and see if I can shed a little light on what the problem is. 

Listen Here
Resources for Screenwriters


Stage32 Education

Roadmap Writers Programs

Final Draft

Script City

Happenings in Tinseltown


‘Abbott Elementary’ Renewed for Season 2 at ABC

Producers Guild Reveals Sports, Children’s and Short-form TV Award Winners

How the Oscars Are Embracing Coming-of-Age Stories This Year

Odenkirk Provissiero Ups Tiffany Schloesser to Partner 

Oscars Viewership Rises 56% to 15.4 Million After Last Year’s Historic Low



The Worst Films of 2021

‘Maury’ to End Run After 30 Seasons

Phoebe Waller-Bridge Exits Amazon’s ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ Series

Sue Naegle Exiting Annapoura as Chief Content Officer



Discovery CEO David Zaslav’s 2021 Pay Package Soars to $246M Ahead of WarnerMedia Merger

How Gamut Management Pushes for Inclusion of Talent With Disabilities

Kerning Cultures Podcast Network Signs With CAA



Tom Cruise’s ‘Top Gun’: Maverick’ Headed for Cannes Film Festival

‘Drive My Car’ Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi on What He Kept and What He Changed From Haruki Murakami’s Original Story.

Kid Cudi to Write, Direct and Star in Netflix’s ‘Teddy,’ Produced by Jeymes Sammuel and Jay-Z


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