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May 2021

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Enjoy the latest from our blog, member happenings, and industry news below.

Carlo Dall’Olmo: Is excited to have earned the President’s Volunteer Award (PVSA) for having over 200 hours of volunteering in 2020. He was told of this honor through his employer. On the writing front – Carlo is still battling with his screenplay but sees a light at the end of the tunnel.

Sherrie Todd-Beshore: Has submitted a screenplay adaption of her YA novel to Disney and awaiting a response. We wish her good luck and hope to hear great news in the future!!!

Jessie Swierski: Is currently working on her very first screenplay and writing book number 2 in a series, Contemporary Women’s Fiction. Looking forward to interacting with PSA.

Phoenix Screenwriters Association would like to welcome our new members in 2021, we are excited to have you as a member and look forward to watching you grow as a writer: Gaurang Shah

May 3rd
Writers Lounge

May 8th
Mastering Suspense (Part II)

May 11th
Writers' Insights Workshop

May 22nd
Instant Karma: Sit Down with filmmakers Mitesh Patel & Scott Gore

May 25th
Writers' Insights Workshop

Tools of the Trade
Story PhysicsHey Writer! Now, Pay Attention….
by Jessica Brown

Me: Now Write!
You: But I was writing before you interrupted me with “Hey Writer!”
Me: Sorry. But I need your attention for this one.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a bunch of the best writers in Screenwriting in your pocket or on your writing desk or digital device to teach you exercises that worked for them to solve all the big components of screenwriting? Well, now you do.

Now Write! Screenwriting: Writing Exercises from Today’s Best Writers and Teachers is a collection of advice and exercises compiled by Sherry Ellis with Laurie Lamson.

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Tony SevereChasing Trends
By Bob Saenz

Chasing Trends. When screenwriters decide their next script will be thematically the same as whatever the latest hit film was.

And there are loads of so-called experts, including managers apparently, who think this is the only way for new writers to get themselves out there. Don’t write what you’re passionate about. Write something THAT’S ALREADY BEEN DONE.

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Tony SevereThe Beat Goes On
By T Severe

While it’s true that a great movie is based on a great story, it’s also true it’s based on a great screenplay. The screenplay is the blueprint for the production of the film essentially turning the story into its final visual form.

As screenwriters, we’ve become familiar with some of the popular approaches that a writer can follow in setting up a basic story structure for our script. 

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Eva ContisScriptcake Podcast: Designing Scenes
with Lovinder Gill

How do you design scenes? What do you think about before you begin writing? Here's a quick look at how I approach writing a scene. 

Listen Here
Resources for Screenwriters


Stage32 Education

Roadmap Writers Programs

Script City


Final Draft
Happenings in Tinseltown


WME Signs Oscar-Nominated ‘My Octopus Teacher’ Filmmaker James Reed

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s’ Cle Bennett Signs with Hyperion

‘Losing Alice’ Creator Sigal Avin Signs with CAA



ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theaters to Close

Will Smith, Antoine Fuqua Won’t Shoot ‘Emancipation’ in Georgia 



Michael Cera Joins Amy Schumer in Hulu Comedy ‘Life & Beth’

UTA Signs ‘Lenox Hill’ Creators Adi Barash and Ruthie Shatz’s Production Banner Yulari Films



Why Some on Wall Street Want AT&T and Comcast to Spin Off Media Units

Post Pandemic Hollywood: Why Working in Entertainment Will Never Be the Same

‘Predator’ Screenwriters Suing Disney to Recapture Rights

WGA Sets $3.4 Million Settlement With CBS for All Access Streaming Residuals


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