106 episodes

Welcome to The Screenwriting Life.

Join us as professional screenwriters, Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna, whose combined credits include writing and production on such films as Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and Captain Marvel discuss the craft, journey and business of writing for the screen. From dialogue to delivery, Meg and Lorien will guide you through the process, offering inside tips and tricks to help you become the best writer you can be.
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The Screenwriting Life with Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna Meg LeFauve & Lorien McKenna

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 66 Ratings

Welcome to The Screenwriting Life.

Join us as professional screenwriters, Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna, whose combined credits include writing and production on such films as Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and Captain Marvel discuss the craft, journey and business of writing for the screen. From dialogue to delivery, Meg and Lorien will guide you through the process, offering inside tips and tricks to help you become the best writer you can be.
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support

    104 | The Future Of Storytelling (Metaversal Writing & VFX) w/ Ben Grosmann

    104 | The Future Of Storytelling (Metaversal Writing & VFX) w/ Ben Grosmann

    What is the Metaverse, and why does it matter? Ask Ben Grosmann...

    In 2013, he was nominated for an Academy Award for the film Star Trek Into Darkness. In 2012, he won an Academy Award for the film Hugo. In 2006, he won an Emmy for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for the Scifi Miniseries The Triangle.






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    • 1 hr 17 min
    103 | Adapting Material (Books, Biographies, and Intellectual Property)

    103 | Adapting Material (Books, Biographies, and Intellectual Property)

    Whether it's the logistics of procuring rights, the challenging of changing an ending, or the fear of meeting that author who originated the story you're telling, adaptation invites a LOT of questions. Today, we discuss them!


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    • 55 min
    102 | Creating and Healing Wounded Characters w/ Studio Exec Turned Coach Jen Grisanti

    102 | Creating and Healing Wounded Characters w/ Studio Exec Turned Coach Jen Grisanti

    Jen Grisanti thought she had her dream job as a studio exec at Paramount/CBS, but when her contract wasn't renewed AND she was working through a very public divorce, she realized she was given the greatest gift she could have a storyteller: wounds and a potential to heal those wounds. This new philosophy has helped Jen create a new approach to writing, which she has been teaching writers all around the world for the last 15 years.
    To hire Jen or read or books, go to www.jengrisanti.com

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    101 | Comedy Legend Dan O'Shannon On What Makes Our Writing Funny

    101 | Comedy Legend Dan O'Shannon On What Makes Our Writing Funny

    Dan O'Shannon has worked on some of American television's most iconic shows in history, but for him, every new project is a refreshed exercise in humility and starting again. Dan talks about what makes something funny, how to draw UNIQUE comedic characters, and what it really takes to succeed in our business in writer.

    DAN'S BOOK: https://www.amazon.com/What-Are-You-Laughing-Comprehensive/dp/1441162933 

    SEE JEFF'S MOVIE (Sat, Sep 10 @ 7:30pm in Hollywood - Block M): https://www.siliconbeachfilmfestival.com/tickets


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    100 | 100 Lessons We've Learned About Writing

    100 | 100 Lessons We've Learned About Writing

    Yes. That's right. Today we're bringing you ONE HUNDRED lessons we've learned about writing, in honor of...yes, that's right, our 100th episode!!! Enjoy!


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    • 42 min
    99 | Thoughts On Loglines, Antagonists, and Microbudget Filmmaking (Patreon Preview)

    99 | Thoughts On Loglines, Antagonists, and Microbudget Filmmaking (Patreon Preview)

    We wanted to give our listeners a preview of our PATREON, so you'll hearing three bite-sized samples for some of our workshops. 

    If you're interested in joining the Patreon, you can sign up here: www.patreon.com/TheScreenwritingLife

    For questions/sign up info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHnbm7i9udM


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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

Darthferyache ,

Fabulous podcast!!

As a story artist for animation I read scripts all the time and I aspire to be able to write one day as I got the advantage of a very visual mind… on the other hand to hear about the hardships of screenwriting and the real life adventures of writers is a good reality check to be taking into account if choosing this as a career path in the entertainment business! Awesome info and stories! Thank you 🙏

authorLynn ,

Must listen for writers of all types

Confession time - I’m a novelist and not a screenwriter. And yet, I always find a nugget of useful info (if not a mind boggling insight) in every episode of this podcast. Meg and Lorien share so many raw truths about the craft, the business, and their lives. Jeff is always on hand to ask the questions we’re too scared to ask.

I highly encourage writers of all types to tune in regularly. Bonus points if you listen from the gym - work your mind and your body at the same time!

haleybishop ,

One of the best podcast on screenwriting

I am so glad I found this podcast. I started writing later in life after being an actor and find this one of the most informative and grounding podcasts for screenwriting and screenwriters. Not only is their advice always helpful and inspiring, the community on Facebook and relatability of Meg and Lorien make me feel less alone and lost while pursuing this career. 5 stars! It’s a MUST listen.

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