5 Tips to Remember When Pitching

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) When your story is finally written and the final FADE TO BLACK has been executed, you need to be ready to pitch your story to someone that is not legally obligated to tell you they like it. It can be a shock to the system when the script that your mother claimed... Continue Reading →

Finding a Way into the Story of PATERNO

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Debora Cahn has written for some of the most beloved shows in the history of American television. Having written on The West Wing from 2002 to 2006, she followed with work on other juggernauts such as Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy. Continuing her work dealing with complex situational dramas, Cahn is currently writing on Homeland. Most recently, she... Continue Reading →

5 Ways to Begin a New Story

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) The new year has arrived. Many writers are launching into their latest ideas and reviving old ones. One of the most difficult hurdles to overcome when beginning a new story can be the opening. Where do you start? What does the audience need to know immediately and what can be revealed over... Continue Reading →

3 Disasters Your Inner Artist Should Embrace

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) In 2003, Tommy Wiseau crafted what some called the worst movie ever made – The Room. The film quickly became a cult classic, running in midnight showings around the country. While initial reactions to the film broke Wiseau’s heart, over time he learned to embrace his cult status, as well as the film’s fame, even... Continue Reading →

3 Story Lessons from Christmas Movies

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) The season is approaching for a category of stories that have been beloved by audiences since the earliest days of film and television. Though America’s customs have shifted and melded throughout the decades, and a number of different religious traditions are celebrated in mid and late December, only one has amassed such... Continue Reading →

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