Script Doctor Eric Screenwriting Help from a Produced Screenwriter Fri, 04 Dec 2015 01:32:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 Copyright © Script Doctor Eric 2011 eric@scriptdoctoreric.com (Script Doctor Eric) eric@scriptdoctoreric.com (Script Doctor Eric) 1440 /scriptcast-header-image.jpg Script Doctor Eric 144 144 Screenwriting Help from a Produced Screenwriter Script Doctor Eric Script Doctor Eric eric@scriptdoctoreric.com no no Scriptcast 63 – Screenwriting and Filmmaking While Parenting /2015/12/scriptcast-63-screenwriting-and-filmmaking-while-parenting.html Fri, 04 Dec 2015 01:31:07 +0000 /?p=2612 Listen to Scriptcast (A Screenwriting Podcast) by searching for “Scriptcast” on either Stitcher or iTunes.  Or download / stream the episode below!

Film professor and director Eli Daughdrill joins Eric in the garage for a chat about filmmaking, parenting, film graduate school, starting out, making short films, and much more!

Apologies for the audio issues on my voice.  Still working out all the technical challenges.  Eli sounds great, though!

TV Wet Nurse Matt was absent due to scheduling conflicts.  Give him hell on Twitter: @TweetofMattHill Also check out his new podcast:  Super Hoopers on iTunes

Discussed:

What we watched somewhat recently, LOVE IS STRANGE, making time to see a movie as a parent, supporting independent films, Edge of Tomorrow, Groundhog Day, writing a single location movie, limiting yourself to be more creative, writing practical movies, few people in one place movie, Script Doctor Eric returning to screenwriting, writing a screenplay in 10 minutes a day, advantages to being an artist and being married and having kids, film students, Eli’s Documentary (Rent or Watch Jonas on Amazon), gaining the confidence to be a filmmaker, gaining social currency with your spouse, Eli’s short, women’s stories, making movies to show people, Sony Pictures Classic (nicest people in the world), the dream of success…and more.

Again, to listen, just click below, or find us on iTunes or Stitcher (Hint: search “Scriptcast”)

Talk to us on Twitter:

Eli: @elidaughdrill

Eric: @scriptdreric

Matt: @tweetofmatthill

Thanks for listening.  Until next time…

Write something.

-Eric

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1:02:36 Listen to Scriptcast (A Screenwriting Podcast) by searching for “Scriptcast” on either Stitcher or iTunes.  Or download / stream the episode below! Film professor and director Eli Daughdrill joins Eric in the garage for a chat about film[...] Listen to Scriptcast (A Screenwriting Podcast) by searching for “Scriptcast” on either Stitcher or iTunes.  Or download / stream the episode below! Film professor and director Eli Daughdrill joins Eric in the garage for a chat about filmmaking, parenting, film graduate school, starting out, making short films, and much more! Apologies for the audio issues on my voice.  Still working out all the technical challenges.  Eli sounds great, though! TV Wet Nurse Matt was absent due to scheduling conflicts.  Give him hell on Twitter: @TweetofMattHill Also check out his new podcast:  Super Hoopers on iTunes Discussed: What we watched somewhat recently, LOVE IS STRANGE, making time to see a movie as a parent, supporting independent films, Edge of Tomorrow, Groundhog Day, writing a single location movie, limiting yourself to be more creative, writing practical movies, few people in one place movie, Script Doctor Eric returning to screenwriting, writing a screenplay in 10 minutes a day, advantages to being an artist and being married and having kids, film students, Eli’s Documentary (Rent or Watch Jonas on Amazon), gaining the confidence to be a filmmaker, gaining social currency with your spouse, Eli’s short, women’s stories, making movies to show people, Sony Pictures Classic (nicest people in the world), the dream of success…and more. Again, to listen, just click below, or find us on iTunes or Stitcher (Hint: search “Scriptcast”) Talk to us on Twitter: Eli: @elidaughdrill Eric: @scriptdreric Matt: @tweetofmatthill Thanks for listening.  Until next time… Write something. -Eric Podcast eric@scriptdoctoreric.com no no
Script Doctor Joey’s Screenplay Analysis /2015/09/script-doctor-joey-screenplay-analysis.html Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:08:27 +0000 /?p=2540 As you may have noticed, there has been little activity from me, Script Doctor Eric in a while. Except on Twitter, where I use my smartphone to tweet as @ScriptDrEric

Apologies for radio silence.  I’ve actually landed a full-time job and have full-time things going on in my personal life.  (For way-too-much personal information, hear more about it on a recent episode of Scriptcast – A Screenwriting Podcast  – Episode 56 – Updates)

Unfortunately, this means taking a hiatus from giving screenplay notes.

But, if you need feedback on your screenplay, don’t despair!  Instead of leaving screenwriting without any support, I’ve recruited the best screenwriter I know – Joey.

Script Doctor Joey (also known as TV Consultant Joey) writes television and feature scripts.  In fact, she’s currently working with a producer and manager to package one of her features.  Exciting stuff!

Joey has been giving coverage, notes, and analysis on scripts in the entertainment industry for over a decade.  She’s worked for producers, TV shows, actors, etc.

In fact, I get notes on all my feature screenplays from Joey BEFORE I send them to anyone else.  Seriously.  She’s really, really good.

Really.  Really good.  You guys are lucky.

If Joey didn’t have the time to give notes on feature scripts right now, this post would just be about how I’m taking a hiatus from reading scripts.

But, because she is available I know I am leaving you in good hands.

Because if you want help – serious help – on your screenplay, there is no one better than Joey.

So if you’re a new screenwriter or a screenwriter who just finished a new screenplay, just go to the Screenwriting Services Page and order Joey’s service.  I’ve taken my services off of there, as you’ll see – it’s just Joey now.

Which I trust will be fine.  In fact, pretty soon you might just be asking: “Script Doctor Eri-who?”

Seriously.  Best of luck to you all.  And…

Onward!

-Eric

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Scriptcast 62 – Emily Blake, Screenwriting, and Chicks Who Script /2015/05/scriptcast-62-emily-blake-screenwriting-and-chicks-who-script.html Fri, 15 May 2015 05:06:39 +0000 /?p=2600 This episode we welcomed screenwriter Emily Blake back to the podcast for the third, yes, THIRD time!  (Don’t miss Episode 10: Emily Blake and also one of my favorite episodes Episode 42: Emily Blake Strikes Back!)

Emily Blake, a former English teacher, is well known in the screenwriting community for her screenwriting website Bamboo Killers and more recently as one of the creators and hosts of the Chicks Who Script podcast. We had a good time talking with her about podcasting, screenwriting, and everything else.

Discussed:

Recording a podcast in a garage in the San Gabriel Valley, screenwriting podcasts, the origins of the Chicks Who Script podcast, ScriptNotes podcast with John August and Craig Mazin, Mazin’s she-hulk slut, dearth of female-centric film podcasts, Matt’s unreasonable dislike of Max Landis, how to fire your representation, Dr. Who, producing a short film, cosplay, comic book convention film festivals, everything else…

Listen below, or find us on iTunes or Stitcher (Hint: search “Scriptcast”)

Talk to us on Twitter:

Emily: @BambooKiller

Matt: @tweetofmatthill

Eric: @scriptdreric

Thanks again for listening.  The next episode should be up this month!

Meanwhile…write something.

Seriously.  And…

Onward!

-Eric

 

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0:00:01 This episode we welcomed screenwriter Emily Blake back to the podcast for the third, yes, THIRD time!  (Don’t miss Episode 10: Emily Blake and also one of my favorite episodes Episode 42: Emily Blake Strikes Back!) Emily Blake, a former Englis[...] This episode we welcomed screenwriter Emily Blake back to the podcast for the third, yes, THIRD time!  (Don’t miss Episode 10: Emily Blake and also one of my favorite episodes Episode 42: Emily Blake Strikes Back!) Emily Blake, a former English teacher, is well known in the screenwriting community for her screenwriting website Bamboo Killers and more recently as one of the creators and hosts of the Chicks Who Script podcast. We had a good time talking with her about podcasting, screenwriting, and everything else. Discussed: Recording a podcast in a garage in the San Gabriel Valley, screenwriting podcasts, the origins of the Chicks Who Script podcast, ScriptNotes podcast with John August and Craig Mazin, Mazin’s she-hulk slut, dearth of female-centric film podcasts, Matt’s unreasonable dislike of Max Landis, how to fire your representation, Dr. Who, producing a short film, cosplay, comic book convention film festivals, everything else… Listen below, or find us on iTunes or Stitcher (Hint: search “Scriptcast”) Talk to us on Twitter: Emily: @BambooKiller Matt: @tweetofmatthill Eric: @scriptdreric Thanks again for listening.  The next episode should be up this month! Meanwhile…write something. Seriously.  And… Onward! -Eric   Podcast eric@scriptdoctoreric.com no no
Welcome to Scriptcast! /2015/02/scriptcast-page-almost-ready.html Sun, 01 Feb 2015 09:01:30 +0000 /?p=1385 Scriptcast is a screenwriting podcast where produced screenwriter Script Doctor Eric (About Eric)  and his talented co-host TV Wet Nurse Matt (Find Matt) chat about the ins and outs of screenwriting in a fun and humorous way…with various levels of success.

(The easiest way to listen to Scriptcast is to go to the iTunes store and search “Scriptcast”)

Past episodes from the podcast are posted below, with show notes, information, links, and the ability to stream it right off the page.

We’re still working to get ALL the episodes up, but most of the good ones are there!  🙂

For now, feel free to explore the shows below.  It won’t hurt.

Eric is currently working on a long-term project, and Matt is busy with a full-time job and filming Channel 101’s Karate P.I., but the two plan to record more episodes of Scriptcast in the near future!

Seriously.

Thanks for your patience, and…

Onward!

-Eric

 

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Scriptcast 61 – The Value of Film School /2015/01/scriptcast-61-the-value-of-film-school.html Sat, 31 Jan 2015 20:49:13 +0000 /?p=2593 Is film school helpful in becoming a screenwriter?  Matt and Eric are joined by USC film school graduate and up-and-coming writer/director Raymond C Lai 

This is another episode where we’re still fine tuning the sound.  Sorry about that. We had two big mics that picked up me (Eric) and Ray Lai VERY well, but it’s a little harder to hear Matt and Brian Lee.  

Oh, Brian Lee is also on the episode.  We’re not sure why, but he went to the Naval Academy, so we just say “yes” to whatever he asks.

Discussed:

18-year olds, how to become a screenwriter, Harvard, Film school, Brian Lee and the Naval Academy, debt and film school, USC film school, writer-director Raymond C. Lai, is film school worth the money, deadlines, Ray is talented at many disciplines, film sets, gaining experience in making films, what you learn at film school, peers.

Please tweet us.  Seriously, we’re on Twitter:

Raymond Lai: @cfriendlyimages

Matt Hill: @tweetofmatthill

Script Doctor Eric: @scriptdreric

Listen below, or search for “Scriptcast” on iTunes.

OR even listen to Scriptcast on Stitcher:
http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/scriptcast

Thanks again to Ray Lai for coming on the show.

Onward!

-Eric

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0:29:33 Is film school helpful in becoming a screenwriter?  Matt and Eric are joined by USC film school graduate and up-and-coming writer/director Raymond C Lai  This is another episode where we’re still fine tuning the sound.  Sorry about that. We ha[...] Is film school helpful in becoming a screenwriter?  Matt and Eric are joined by USC film school graduate and up-and-coming writer/director Raymond C Lai  This is another episode where we’re still fine tuning the sound.  Sorry about that. We had two big mics that picked up me (Eric) and Ray Lai VERY well, but it’s a little harder to hear Matt and Brian Lee.   Oh, Brian Lee is also on the episode.  We’re not sure why, but he went to the Naval Academy, so we just say “yes” to whatever he asks. Discussed: 18-year olds, how to become a screenwriter, Harvard, Film school, Brian Lee and the Naval Academy, debt and film school, USC film school, writer-director Raymond C. Lai, is film school worth the money, deadlines, Ray is talented at many disciplines, film sets, gaining experience in making films, what you learn at film school, peers. … Please tweet us.  Seriously, we’re on Twitter: Raymond Lai: @cfriendlyimages Matt Hill: @tweetofmatthill Script Doctor Eric: @scriptdreric Listen below, or search for “Scriptcast” on iTunes. OR even listen to Scriptcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/scriptcast Thanks again to Ray Lai for coming on the show. Onward! -Eric Podcast eric@scriptdoctoreric.com no no
Scriptcast 60 – Vimeo Staff Picks with Raymond C Lai /2015/01/scriptcast-60-vimeo-staff-picks-raymond-c-lai.html Thu, 08 Jan 2015 05:52:30 +0000 /?p=2587 Another shorter episode in which the mics have improved, Matt and Eric are again joined by writer Brian Lee for an unknown reason, and  writer/director Raymond C. Lai is interviewed about how the heck he made a video that got over 100,000 views and became a Vimeo Staff Pick.

Discussed:

Raymond C. Lai, Orange County, USC Film School, thesis projects, At Your Convenience, making a television pilot, Randall Park, partially animated short films, short film festival circuit, make your short under 15 minutes, overconfidence, mistakes, Ray’s downward spiral, Short of the Week, Vimeo Staff Pick, Dwayne Perkins, Dying to Kill…

Ray’s fundraiser – Sunday, January 11th, 2015 – 5pm and 7:30pm
Japanese American National Museum – Downtown Los Angeles

ray and dwane's fundraiser

Catch us on Twitter:

Raymond C. Lai: @cfriendlyimages

Matt: @tweetofmatthill

Eric: @scriptdreric

Listen below, or search for “Scriptcast” on iTunes.

OR, now listen on Stitcher:
http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/scriptcast

Big thanks to Ray for coming on the show.

Onward!

-Eric

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0:24:47 Another shorter episode in which the mics have improved, Matt and Eric are again joined by writer Brian Lee for an unknown reason, and  writer/director Raymond C. Lai is interviewed about how the heck he made a video that got over 100,000 views and [...] Another shorter episode in which the mics have improved, Matt and Eric are again joined by writer Brian Lee for an unknown reason, and  writer/director Raymond C. Lai is interviewed about how the heck he made a video that got over 100,000 views and became a Vimeo Staff Pick. Discussed: Raymond C. Lai, Orange County, USC Film School, thesis projects, At Your Convenience, making a television pilot, Randall Park, partially animated short films, short film festival circuit, make your short under 15 minutes, overconfidence, mistakes, Ray’s downward spiral, Short of the Week, Vimeo Staff Pick, Dwayne Perkins, Dying to Kill… Ray’s fundraiser – Sunday, January 11th, 2015 – 5pm and 7:30pm Japanese American National Museum – Downtown Los Angeles Catch us on Twitter: Raymond C. Lai: @cfriendlyimages Matt: @tweetofmatthill Eric: @scriptdreric Listen below, or search for “Scriptcast” on iTunes. OR, now listen on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/scriptcast Big thanks to Ray for coming on the show. Onward! -Eric Podcast eric@scriptdoctoreric.com no no
Scriptcast 59 – Best of 2014 (Sort of) /2015/01/scriptcast-59-best-of-2014-year-in-review.html Sat, 03 Jan 2015 19:57:45 +0000 /?p=2583 In this brisk episode Matt and Eric are joined by writer Brian Lee to talk about the best things we watched in 2014.

Apologies for the quality of my microphone.  We continue to tweak our audio in this new post-UCLA Radio era.  Matt and Brian sound great, and I will never, ever use that mic again. 

Discussed:

Matt’s lack of food in his apartment, the best movies of 2014, best television shows of 2014, best movies we SAW in 2014, best television shows WE WATCHED in 2014, Brian Lee, screenwriting…

Listen below or go to iTunes and search “Scriptcast.”

Give us feedback!

Seriously, we love to hear from our fans and haters.  (But mostly our fans.)

On Twitter at:

Matt: @tweetofmatthill

Eric: @scriptdreric

Thanks again for being a listener here in the futuristic year of 2014.  Let’s hope there are many more years to come.

Onward!

-Eric

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0:23:10 In this brisk episode Matt and Eric are joined by writer Brian Lee to talk about the best things we watched in 2014. Apologies for the quality of my microphone.  We continue to tweak our audio in this new post-UCLA Radio era.  Matt and Brian sound g[...] In this brisk episode Matt and Eric are joined by writer Brian Lee to talk about the best things we watched in 2014. Apologies for the quality of my microphone.  We continue to tweak our audio in this new post-UCLA Radio era.  Matt and Brian sound great, and I will never, ever use that mic again.  Discussed: Matt’s lack of food in his apartment, the best movies of 2014, best television shows of 2014, best movies we SAW in 2014, best television shows WE WATCHED in 2014, Brian Lee, screenwriting… Listen below or go to iTunes and search “Scriptcast.” Give us feedback! Seriously, we love to hear from our fans and haters.  (But mostly our fans.) On Twitter at: Matt: @tweetofmatthill Eric: @scriptdreric Thanks again for being a listener here in the futuristic year of 2014.  Let’s hope there are many more years to come. Onward! -Eric Podcast eric@scriptdoctoreric.com no no
Scriptcast 58 – All About Matt (And making short films, and Randall Park, and more…) /2014/11/scriptcast-58-all-about-matt-and-making-short-films-and-randall-park-and-more.html Fri, 14 Nov 2014 03:26:46 +0000 /?p=2576 Eric interviews Matt about his experiences writing and creating short films for Channel 101 and elsewhere.

Matt’s shorts are mentioned in the discussion.  The best ones include:

Also…

Dr. Miracles

Super Fetus

Karate PI

And Baby Mentalist from Randall Park

Discussed:

Matt Hill, short films, Randall Park, more Randall Park, Channel 101, Randall Park again, Craig Mazin & John August’s Script Notes, Craig Mazin, bad screenwriters, good screenwriters, tangents, putting yourself out there, a few more things.

Matt: @tweetofmatthill

Eric: @scriptdreric

Listen below or go to iTunes and search “Scriptcast.”

Thanks for listening, and…

Onward!

-Eric

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0:39:45 Eric interviews Matt about his experiences writing and creating short films for Channel 101 and elsewhere. Matt’s shorts are mentioned in the discussion.  The best ones include: Also… Dr. Miracles Super Fetus Karate PI And Baby Mentalis[...] Eric interviews Matt about his experiences writing and creating short films for Channel 101 and elsewhere. Matt’s shorts are mentioned in the discussion.  The best ones include: Also… Dr. Miracles Super Fetus Karate PI And Baby Mentalist from Randall Park Discussed: Matt Hill, short films, Randall Park, more Randall Park, Channel 101, Randall Park again, Craig Mazin & John August’s Script Notes, Craig Mazin, bad screenwriters, good screenwriters, tangents, putting yourself out there, a few more things. Matt: @tweetofmatthill Eric: @scriptdreric Listen below or go to iTunes and search “Scriptcast.” Thanks for listening, and… Onward! -Eric Podcast eric@scriptdoctoreric.com no no
Scriptcast 56 – Update /2014/09/scriptcast-56-update.html Fri, 05 Sep 2014 02:32:46 +0000 /?p=2558 Matt and Eric return for a 30 minute chat and discuss what they’ve been up to for the past two years.  Along the way, they discover one the secrets of life.  (Sort of.)

Music:

None.  (No, that’s not the name of a band, but there is probably a band out there named “None.”  If so, sorry, we didn’t play your stuf.)

Discussed:

What we’ve been up to for the past 2 years, getting your PhD in 7 easy years, parenting metaphors, explaining parenting to non-parents like Matt, Spain, Karate PI on Channel 101, technical difficulties…

Tweet us!

Matt: @tweetofmatthill

Eric: @scriptdreric

Go to the iTunes store, search “Scriptcast,” and subscribe for free!  Or…

Listen below!

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0:30:52 Matt and Eric return for a 30 minute chat and discuss what they’ve been up to for the past two years.  Along the way, they discover one the secrets of life.  (Sort of.) Music: None.  (No, that’s not the name of a band, but there is proba[...] Matt and Eric return for a 30 minute chat and discuss what they’ve been up to for the past two years.  Along the way, they discover one the secrets of life.  (Sort of.) Music: None.  (No, that’s not the name of a band, but there is probably a band out there named “None.”  If so, sorry, we didn’t play your stuf.) Discussed: What we’ve been up to for the past 2 years, getting your PhD in 7 easy years, parenting metaphors, explaining parenting to non-parents like Matt, Spain, Karate PI on Channel 101, technical difficulties… Tweet us! Matt: @tweetofmatthill Eric: @scriptdreric — Go to the iTunes store, search “Scriptcast,” and subscribe for free!  Or… Listen below! Podcast eric@scriptdoctoreric.com no no
Scriptcast 55 – Fade Out (For Now) /2014/08/scriptcast-55-fade-out-for-now.html Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:32:00 +0000 /?p=2547 Matt and Eric record at the UCLA Radio studios for the final time, as they get jobs and finish grad school (respectively).

However, new Scriptcast episodes have been recorded outside the studio, and are coming soon!

Music:

“The Future Soon” – Jonathan Coulton

Discussed:

Listener questions, writing down movie ideas as they come, when to break screenwriting rules, technical screenwriting questions, character descriptions, referring to characters in screenplay, consistent formatting, Phillip Mottaz from our writer’s group, writing out dialog in the background, pdf screenplays from Emily Blake (Bamboo Killers), music’s influence on writing, using a robot to help you write – Cleverbot, our 12 best episodes, best podcasts besides Scriptcast, The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith, angel investors for scriptcast, Megan Ellison, finishing grad school, the next episodes…

Tweet us!

@scriptdreric

@tweetofmatthill

Listen below, or…

Go to the iTunes store, search “Scriptcast,” and subscribe for free!

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0:42:00 Matt and Eric record at the UCLA Radio studios for the final time, as they get jobs and finish grad school (respectively). However, new Scriptcast episodes have been recorded outside the studio, and are coming soon! Music: “The Future Soon[...] Matt and Eric record at the UCLA Radio studios for the final time, as they get jobs and finish grad school (respectively). However, new Scriptcast episodes have been recorded outside the studio, and are coming soon! Music: “The Future Soon” – Jonathan Coulton Discussed: Listener questions, writing down movie ideas as they come, when to break screenwriting rules, technical screenwriting questions, character descriptions, referring to characters in screenplay, consistent formatting, Phillip Mottaz from our writer’s group, writing out dialog in the background, pdf screenplays from Emily Blake (Bamboo Killers), music’s influence on writing, using a robot to help you write – Cleverbot, our 12 best episodes, best podcasts besides Scriptcast, The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith, angel investors for scriptcast, Megan Ellison, finishing grad school, the next episodes… Tweet us! @scriptdreric @tweetofmatthill — Listen below, or… Go to the iTunes store, search “Scriptcast,” and subscribe for free! Podcast eric@scriptdoctoreric.com no no