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Official Screenwriting

By Adam Levenberg

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Screenwriting and the entertainment industry as it relates to filmmakers. Shows will include interviews with producers, writers, and directors, discussion of recent movies and spec sales, as well as analysis of the top screenwriting books, such as Blake Snyder's SAVE THE CAT and John Truby's THE ANATOMY OF STORY.

Customer Reviews

These podcasts are ESSENTIAL if you want to make it.

Adam's insight into screenwriting, into stories, is something that needed to happen in this world. If you follow his tips, your writing will be transformed. Even the way you look at movies, much less the movie industry as a whole, will change. This podcast is ESSENTIAL if you want to make it.

Sometimes great, but often misses the mark.

Probably the most entertaining bits are when Adam goes off on a cuss-filled rant, but most of the podcasts tend be someone lacking in both information and entertainment. Adam does spend a considerable amount of time advertising his services, which is fair enough, as I assume it's the reason he does a podcast to begin with.

Unfortunately, he seems to lack insight into the films he discusses, and generally seems to hold The Long Kiss Goodnight and Jack Reacher (two not-great films) as his gold standards by which other films are to be judged.

As far as I can tell, he's never actually written anything (but was once a reader for USA Films), so taking writing advice from him would be akin to hiring a carpenter who's never built a house, but has seen a lot of wood. And before you point out that he was a development executive, you should know that they are pretty much script readers with an office instead of a cubicle.

So all that being said, take his advice with a grain of salt. He probably knows a fair bit about the development side, but seems to have, at best, a pedestrian understanding of screenwriting story and structure.

Great second source

I came to this podcast late/recently, and wow, I’m already a better writer. I can’t listen to the old archives fast enough. This is not really for the beginner, it’s pretty advanced. I’ve written two original specs, and I’m already putting some of these ideas into them, and looking to my next ideas. With a little luck and a lot of sweat and perseverance, I’ll have one good enough to send to Adam, and truly take the next step. Thank you Adam!

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  • Category: TV & Film
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