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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. And now Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna.
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The Screenwriting Life with Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna Meg LeFauve & Lorien McKenna

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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. And now Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna.
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support

    44 | Drawing Boundaries For Yourself And Your Characters

    44 | Drawing Boundaries For Yourself And Your Characters

    Even though pop culture often draws artists as free-spirited goofballs that "go-with-the-flow" true artistry lies in the art of self-discipline, self-esteem, and BOUNDARIES. The truth of getting work done means being willing to draw boundaries in your own life, around your work, and around your ART. How will you draw boundaries this week?


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    43 | Pitching & Meetings: EVERYTHING You Need To Know (Sheila Hanahan Taylor Pt. 2)

    43 | Pitching & Meetings: EVERYTHING You Need To Know (Sheila Hanahan Taylor Pt. 2)

    This topic comes up ALL the time on our Facebook group, and finally, we have definitive answers, and LOTS of them. How long should my pitch be, what should it look like, what should it actually include. WTF actually is a DECK??? How can avoid nerves for a meeting, what is my responsibility during a general. 



    A-List producer Sheila Hanahan Taylor has EVERYTHING you need to know!


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    • 59 min
    42 | Rookie Mistakes & The Power Of Genre (Sheila Hanahan Taylor Pt. 1)

    42 | Rookie Mistakes & The Power Of Genre (Sheila Hanahan Taylor Pt. 1)

    After decades working with writers in this business, Sheila Hanahan Taylor - A-List producer behind many beloved edge-of-your seat genre films like the Final Destination films - has brilliantly assembled a list of common mistakes she sees "rookies" make.

    And speaking of genre, Sheila brilliantly counters some of those condescending perspectives with her own experiences as to why genre may be the secret to getting your emerging work of the ground. She will FOREVER re-think the way you think about genre.


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    • 43 min
    41 | Your Screenwriting Emergency Toolkit

    41 | Your Screenwriting Emergency Toolkit

    Feeling blocked, stuck, uninspired, or just BLAH? We're here to save the day!

    We were initially going to run an episode on boundaries (don't worry, we still will!) but a NUMBER of hurdles interfered with our ability to make that happen, so our intern Jess pitched a great idea to cut together a greatest hits "emergency" toolkit compilation to get you though this week! If you LOVE a highlight and want to listen to the full episode, here are the past episodes we compiled from:


    Episode 9 - How to overcome writer’s block
    Episode 14 - Outlining/Chunking In Your Writing
    Episode 20 - Importance of play
    Episode 21 - Overcome Excuses
    Episode 24 - Perfectionism kills your writing
    Episode 29 - The Long Road For Writers




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    • 1 hr 5 min
    40 | Marti Noxon On TV Writing (EVERYTHING You Need To Know)

    40 | Marti Noxon On TV Writing (EVERYTHING You Need To Know)

    Marti Noxon is a force in our business. Known for her sharp voice, social commentary, and darkly funny writing, all of which is tied together by a knack for complicated and richly drawn female characters, she's on TV's most important voices.

    She's worked on everything from beloved genre projects like BUFFY to prestige crime dramas like SHARP OBJECTS, and she's here today to help us get a full and detailed look at the current landscape for writing in television.

    Learn what we REALLY mean when we say story engine, what makes Marti quit reading a sample while staffing, and whether we should pitch with a bible, treatment, or one page when we take a show out. 


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    39 | Andrew Stanton's Storytelling Master Class

    39 | Andrew Stanton's Storytelling Master Class

    Do you have a pen and paper? Might want to grab them now...
    Andrew Stanton wrote and directed Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, and Wall-E, all of which consistently rank among the best films of this century, and best animated films ever made. In live action storytelling, he's become a critically acclaimed director, working on shows like Stranger Things and Better Call Saul.

    Andrew is considered one of the finest storytellers working in our industry. Andrew has given lectures for TED and Google, and he's joining us today to help us in our own understanding of story.

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    • 1 hr 34 min

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