Advice and Inspiration from Greta Gerwig

Ken Miyamoto shares some morsels of inspiration from the brilliant mind of Greta Gerwig, the writer and director of Lady Bird. He shares her insight through a series of interviews with the actress turn writer/director. Here are a few highlights:

  • Writing Words that Don’t Look Like They’ve Been Written
  • Taking the Time to Prepare Yourself
  • Story Structure Is Embedded Within Us All
  • You Have to Take the Leap
  • Don’t Judge and Dismiss Your Own Writing
  • Listen to Your Characters
  • Treat Each Character as If They Could Have Their Own Movie About Them
  • Great Screenplays Should Be Like Poetry

Read the full article here: Screenwriting Advice From LADY BIRD Writer/Director Greta Gerwig

Watch Greta Gerwig in Action

Hunter Harris at Vulture shares a Vimeo clip of Greta Gerwig directing onset of “Lady Bird”. It’s always inspiring and fascinating to watch the behind-the-scenes work of anything that gets created. This video shares a small glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of one of the most beloved films of the year.

See full article here: Warm Your Icy, Jaded Heart With This Video of Greta Gerwig Directing Lady Bird

Cinderella Stories Still Happen. Just Ask Liz Hannah

Still don’t believe in Cinderella stories? Still don’t think crazy dreams come true? Well, think again. Liz Hannah’s first screenplay, The Post, was directed by Spielberg, starred Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, was nominated for Golden Globes, and now is nominated for Academy Awards. Amy Nicholson of the Washington Post discusses the story behind the film’s birth.

read the full article here: How a writer defied ‘one in a million’ odds to get her first movie made by Steven Spielberg

How Greta Gerwig Found “Lady Bird”

Owen Gleiberman with Variety magazine sat down with Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan to discuss the highly-acclaimed film “Lady Bird” and how the two collaborated to bring this story to life.

Read full article here: Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan on How They Found the Voice of ‘Lady Bird’

Time for New Tests

Right now Hollywood is going through a massive shift in recognizing its lack of diversity both in front of and behind the camera, and efforts are being made to make stories where people of frequently underrepresented demographics such as women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community are represented as strong, human characters and not merely personifications of stereotypes.

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Read the full article here: The Next Bechdel Test

Hollins Grads at Work: Anna Fahr

One of our recent alumnae, Anna Fahr, has just released a teaser trailer for her newest project Places in Between. Anna began her script in our 507 level workshop (our intermediate level workshop), rewrote it in our advanced tutorial class (a one-on-one rewrite class with a professor), and pitched it during our annual pitch night. The teaser can be viewed on Vimeo now.

We are so proud of you, Anna!! This looks absolutely dazzling. We can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

View the teaser trailer here: Now on Vimeo: Teaser Trailer Places in Between by Hollins Grad, Anna Fahr

Writing Cards

This is arguably one of the best things I’ve ever run into. One writer did something quite clever and brilliant, instead of asking for photos with the renowned creators they met, they collected pieces of advice written on a notecard. That collection of notecards has been compiled into a website full of words or wisdom, encouragement, and necessary butt-kickings from the creators of your favorite work. Read up and get inspired. And don’t forget to eat lunch 🙂

See full website here: Their Writing Cards

In the Moment with Viola Davis

This is a short little blip of a round table interview with several actors, but I think what Viola Davis says about acting can be just as true for writers: You have to get uncomfortable sometimes. As writers, you’re extracting the inner workings of your mind and your emotions, putting them on paper for display, and allowing other people dissect and critique it. That can be very scary and intimidating. At least for me it can be. But you have to give yourself permission to let that out – because it could be a brighter gem than you realized; and you can’t polish that gem if you never dig it up.

Viola Davis: “The Discomfort is the Comfort”

Why Screenwriters Should Embrace The Heroine’s Journey

Most writers are familiar with the Hero’s Journey and could use it to map out just about any story – on screen or in print. But a new age is flourishing in storytelling, especially in film: the Heroine’s Journey. Ken Miyamoto at ScreenCraft discusses the heroine’s journey and how it differs from the traditional hero’s journey.

Why Screenwriters Should Embrace The Heroine’s Journey

Screenwriting 101: Ava DuVernay

Scott Myers shares some words of inspiration and encouragement from Ava DuVernay.

Read full article here: Screenwriting 101: Ava DuVernay