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FRIDAY NIGHT SOCIAL – MAY 6, 2016 at The Barrel Room on Sunset at 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

by on Apr.28, 2016, under events, Featured

Friday Night Social ~ May 6, 2016

Event Date: Friday, May 6, 2016 || Starts at 6:30 pm  || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti

Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to “Network”. Plan on meeting people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry.  

IMPORTANT:

Please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, May 5, 2016. 

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This month’s Friday Night Social is a free event being held at Rock & Reilly’s Barrel Room.   Please join Jennifer Grisanti and SWN at this new location for this month’s Friday Night Social “Networking” event.

Rock & Reilly’s knew it had a good thing going when it opened up its former private events space to the public called The Barrel Room, modeled after a casual Western watering hole located on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.

The Lore Group’s newest Sunset Strip production mixes everything from barrel-aged cocktails by Matt Greene to an approachable set of drinking bites, like pickled hard-boiled eggs, cheese and charcuterie, and more from chef Chris Olsefsky.

 

Join us at The Barrel Room:

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Event starts at 6:30 pm – Ends at 9:30 pm

 

Location:

The Barrel Room

8913 W Sunset Blvd

West Hollywood, CA 90069

Phone # 310.360.1400

(Corner of N. San Vicente Blvd. and Sunset Blvd.)

 

CITY OF SANTA MONICA:
Take the 10 EAST, exit La Cienega Blvd going North. Merge onto San Vicente Blvd. Make a left on Sunset Blvd.

THE VALLEY
Take 405 SOUTH. Exit Sunset going East.

EAST LOS ANGELES
Take 101 NORTH. Exit Sunset going West.

 

Valet parking is available in the front. Multiple parking lots around the area, including one behind The Barrel Room. Plenty of street metered parking.

 

Admission:

FREE to attend.  Pay for your own food, cocktails & parking.

**Check in with us at the entrance to receive your name tags for networking.

**Complimentary finger food will be provided for our Networking Group!

Happy Networking!

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SCREENWRITERS WORLD MASTERING THE TV PILOT – AUGUST 12-14, 2016

by on Apr.18, 2016, under events, Featured

 

Screenwriters World Presents: Mastering the TV Pilot with Jen Grisanti

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$399 – $699 Get Tickets

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Screenwriters World Presents: Mastering the TV Pilot with Jen Grisanti

Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 3:00 PM – New York, NY

$399 – $699 Get Tickets

Event Information

Event Description

There has never been a better time to write a TV series. HBO, Netflix, FX, Amazon Studios and the Big Five (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and the CW) are actively searching for the next big hit. What does this mean for you? Opportunity! Both produced and unproduced writers can achieve creative and financial success in this lucrative and growing market.

But where do you start? What is the secret to creating an engaging TV Pilot with character and story complexity that will capture an audience and become a series? How do you take your idea from concept to pilot script to winning pitch? Most importantly, whom do you trust to teach you the knowledge required to realize your creative goals?

For over 25 years Jen Grisanti has worked in the studio system, mastering the techniques and craft required to launch a pilot and achieve the coveted trophy – series status. She gained valuable working experience as the VP of Current Programing at CBS Paramount Network Television, Inc. and Head of Current Programs for Aaron Spelling’s company, Spelling Television, Inc. During her tenure Jen worked with producers and writers on the execution of shows such as: Medium, Numbers, NCIS, Girlfriends, Charmed, Seventh Heaven, Melrose Place, 90210 and many more.

Jen’s expertise and mentorship has resulted in over seventy-five writers staffed on television shows, forty have sold pilots and five that went to series.

Join us at the Mastering the TV Pilot two-day intensive where you will learn how to develop and pitch your concept or already started TV Pilot. It kicks off on Friday afternoon with a panel discussion featuring working TV professionals who will share an insiders view of the TV industry. On Saturday Jen will teach you, in a focused and collaborative workshop environment, the essential knowledge you need to become a working TV writer. This full day of instruction and hands-on work-shopping culminates in a cocktail mixer celebration collocated with the Writer’s Digest Conference.

Now is the time for you to take your idea for a TV Pilot to the next level and make your dreams of being a working television writer come true. Seating is limited to ensure your access to Jen Grisanti – so don’t delay.

SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY

  • 3:00pm – 4:30pm Breaking into the Writers Room (Panel Discussion)

SATURDAY

  • 9:00am – 12:00pm Telling and Selling Your Story (Seminar)
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Break
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm Writing Loglines for Your Life and Filling out the Pilot Worksheet with Your Story Points (Workshop)
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm Emotional Fuel – How to Elevate Your Story (Seminar)
  • 4:00pm – 5:30pm Pitching Your TV Pilot Story (Workshop)
  • 6:00pm – 7:30pm Networking and Cocktail Mixer

SPONSORS:

Final Draft

Final Draft® is the number-one selling screenwriting application in the world. Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards, allowing writers to focus on what they do best – writing scripts. Used by such industry giants as J.J. Abrams, James Cameron and Aaron Sorkin, Final Draft software is the professional’s choice and the entertainment industry standard. In addition to its flagship software product, Final Draft offers the annual Big Break™ Contest – a screenwriting competition that launches careers, and awards over $80,000 in cash and prizes. Final Draft also offers the Reader® and Writer® apps for iPhone and iPad. To learn more about Final Draft visit: www.finaldraft.com

The Writers Store

Since 1982 The Writers Store has solved a key problem that many writing enthusiasts face – where to learn the craft of screenwriting and acquire the relevant tools used by professional screenwriters. Our journey began by recognizing the process screenwriters follow, the obstacles and challenges they face and setting out to find solutions to help create success. We continue this mission today through The Writers Store, Screenwriters University and Script Magazine.

Mastering the TV Pilot with Jen Grisanti, Event Schedule

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12

Breaking into the Writers Room, 3 – 4:30 pm

Jen Grisanti will be moderating a panel of top TV writers Debora Cahn (writer/producer of HBO’s Vinyl, NBC’s The West Wing and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy), Michael Rauch (writer/producer USA’s Royal Pains, CBS’s Love Monkey, ABC’s Beautiful People and CW’s Life is Wild) and Jill Abbinanti (writer/producer of NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit). Jen will dig deep into the world of writing and what it takes to succeed.

Topics will include:

  • What’s the story behind their success
  • Were there any specific story points in their own life stories that got them to this point in their careers
  • What does it take to succeed in the writers room
  • Tips on pitching and selling pilots
  • Tips and techniques on how to find your voice as a writer
  • How to create memorable characters
  • And much more!

Jen will also discuss with each panelist why they write, how they set up the stories they tell, how they utilize their emotional truth, what does the producing part of it all look like, advice that has made a difference in their careers and more. Followed by a Q&A with the writers.

The intention of the panel is to have a raw discussion about how it all comes together and what the career of a working writer looks like.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13

Telling & Selling Your Story, 9 am – 12 pm In this first session you will learn how to develop strong concepts for your story, while exploring what is working in TV today and why it’s working. You will learn about how to draw from your emotional truth to come up with a pilot concept that sets you apart from other writers. You will explore how to create complex, memorable characters with goals and wants. Jen will explain her pitching formula and how you can utilize it to sell your own concept. Additionally, you will come out of the seminar with some key structural concepts to apply to your script, including ways to set up the rest of your series and increase the chances of your script being purchased.

Writing Loglines for Your Life & Filling out the Pilot Worksheet with Your Story Points, 1 – 3 pm In this workshop you will learn a formula that will help you write log lines for your life, log lines for your characters, and log lines for your story arcs. This session will also feature Jen’s Pilot Worksheet, designed to make sure that your pilot has the complexity, structure, and key elements that can help make it a hit.

Emotional Fuel: How to Elevate Your Story, 3 – 4 pm Emotion is what connects you to your audience. In this seminar Jen will discuss how to utilize the emotional fuel of your character and build an internal arc. You’ll learn how to use your character’s internal desire to escalate the stakes of your pilot in both an internal and an external way.

Pitching Your TV Pilot Story, 4 – 5:30 pm In this workshop you will have the chance to pitch your pilot concept using Jen’s pilot pitching formula. You will also receive feedback on how to strengthen your pitch to increase your chances of making the sale.

Networking & Cocktail Mixer, 6 – 7:30 pm At the end of your full day of instruction and work-shopping, enjoy a cocktail at this celebratory mixer! The mixer will include attendees of the Writer’s Digest Conference.

FAQs

How many attendees are included in the Writing Partner Seminar Admission ticket?

The Writing Partner ticket is for two attendees, who will both have full benefits and access during the event.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Mastering the TV Pilot is open to all attendees 16 and over. A valid ID will be required to receive your seminar badge.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

No recording devices may be used during the seminar to record any portion of the lecture, workshop.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact The Writers Store at 800.272.8927 or email us at customer-service@writersstore.com.

When Friday, August 12, 2016 at 3:00 PM – Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM (EDT) – Add to Calendar Where New York Hilton Midtown – 1335 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019 – View Map Tags New York, NY Events Seminar Film & Media

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ISA MASTER CLASS – UTILIZING YOUR VOICE IN HOW TO TELL AND SELL YOUR STORY – MAY 7th, 2016

by on Apr.18, 2016, under events, Featured

ISA MASTER CLASS – Featuring Jen Grisanti

Classroom – Los Angeles Brought to you by International Screenwriters’ Association

Early Registration ends: 04/20/2016
Class Begins: 05/07/2016   Ends: 05/07/2016
Class Time: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (PDT)
FEE: $175/$99 Register For Class

UTILIZING YOUR VOICE IN HOW YOU TELL AND SELL YOUR STORY – 1 DAY EVENT

**Very Limited seating so register early.

 

Your voice is what separates you as a writer from the masses. Knowing how to utilize your voice in your scripts is what will determine your path. Want to learn how to define your voice? Want to learn how to write scripts that they can’t ignore and to go from being a non-working to a working writer?

 

In this master class, you will learn how to draw from within and tell and sell your stories in a way that will separate your script from the thousands that are out there. What makes you unique? What is your emotional truth? How can you learn to add fiction to it and make it come alive in your writing? How do you write complex and flawed characters that will enthrall your audience? It all comes from your voice and your unique worldview.

 

Want to get into the TV writing programs? Learn to write a memorable spec script and TV pilot script that clearly defines who you are as a writer. In the past few years, the pilot script has become a significant part of getting into many of the writing programs. This is because the pilot script is your calling card. It reveals your original voice and it is what defines you.

 

Jen Grisanti :
Story/Career Consultant, Writing Instructor of Writers on the Verge at NBC and former twelve-year studio executive has learned what it takes to transform a non-working writer into a working writer. She gained valuable working experience as the VP of Current Programing at CBS Paramount Network Television, Inc. and Head of Current Programs for Aaron Spelling’s company, Spelling Television, Inc. During her tenure Jen worked with producers and writers on the execution of shows such as: Medium, Numbers, NCIS, Girlfriends, Charmed, Seventh Heaven, Melrose Place, 90210 and many more. She has helped to launch countless writing careers over the last twenty-five years. Forty of her clients have sold pilots and five of them have gone to series. Jen’s system for telling and selling story has also led to seventy-five of her writers getting staffed. 

 

         

 

If you have a desire to write a script that will get you staffed and to sell a pilot and create a career as a working writer, you don’t want to miss this Master Class experience.

 

Saturday, May 7, 2016 

8:30 a.m. – Doors Open

 

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

SEMINAR – DRAWING FROM YOUR EMOTIONAL TRUTH – Log Lines For Your Life, Creating Strong Story Arcs, How to Write Your Life Story Arcs, How to Write Your Essays for the writing programs.

 

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WORKSHOP – You will write up 3-5 Log Lines For Your Life and a Story Arc. These tools are to help you with your personal stories in your meetings. We will also go through your essays for the writing programs.

 

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

LUNCH – Included in registration fee.

 

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

SEMINAR – UTILIZING YOUR VOICE IN YOUR SCRIPTS – We will discuss the pivotal points in your story where your voice can be revealed. We will go into how to structure your story.

 

3:00 pm – 4:00 p.m.

WORKSHOP – We will go through the log lines for your scripts in your writing portfolio. We will discuss the emotional points in your script and how you can draw from your emotional truth arcs to elevate your story.

 

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

HAPPY HOUR – Included in registration fee. Enjoy a few free drinks and mingle with Jen and other students. This is a great opportunity to ask Jen some additional questions or discuss what you learned with other writers.

 

 

—————— CLASS BREAKDOWN ——————

 

I. DRAWING FROM YOUR EMOTIONAL TRUTH

Jen will discuss how you can find and utilize your voice. She will be going over her exercise Log Line For Your Life, Identifying Your Life Triggers and Dilemmas, Formulating Your Personal Stories to Use in Your Meetings and how to write your Life Story Arcs. She will also go into what you feel your voice is and how you use it in your meetings. She will go into your why for telling the stories that you do.

Then she will also go into tips to help you write your essays for the writing programs.

 

II. WORKSHOP – You will get to apply what you learned in the seminar.

• You will identify 3-5 major triggers and dilemmas that you’ve gone through in your life.

• You will write 3-5 Log Lines For Your Life.

• You will develop Life Story Arcs. This will help you understand how to tell your personal stories in your meetings while utilizing your voice in the process.

• You will have the opportunity to work on your writing program essays utilizing your emotional truth.

 

III. UTILIZING YOUR VOICE IN YOUR SCRIPTS

Jen will go over her Story System Formula for TV Specs and TV Pilots

 

TV SPEC TV PILOT
Episode Trigger, Dilemma and Pursuit Series Trigger and Dilemma
Actions Pilot Trigger, Dilemma and Pursuit
Obstacles Actions
Stakes Obstacles
Resolution Stakes
Resolution

TRIGGER – By creating a powerful trigger incident for your series, you will create a strong season arc and this will establish longevity for your concept.

A strong pilot trigger is what carries the first episode. Linking the pilot trigger to the series trigger makes the difference between a good pilot and a great one. You need to clearly set up that the pilot trigger would not have happened unless the series trigger happened.

Jen will go over several pilots that have done this successfully.

DILEMMA – The trigger incident should push your central character into a dilemma. The choice that is made in this dilemma is what will define the external goal.

The dilemma should be strong enough that we understand that there is not an easy choice on either side of the dilemma. This is what will create empathy and a rooting factor for your central character.

Jen will also discuss the set up of the personal dilemma and how to link it to the professional pursuit. This will elevate the emotion in your story.

PURSUIT – The clear set up of the goal is the glue that will hold your story together. By clearly setting up what your central character wants, you can link your obstacle, escalating obstacle, and “all is lost” moment back to the goal. This will help you to write stronger act breaks. It is when the goal is unclear that the story doesn’t work.

In every scene, we should have a clear sense of what your central character wants and why they want it. Setting up a clear pursuit will help you to establish this.

Jen knows what it takes to sell a pilot. She has had forty clients over the last eight years sell pilots. Five of them have gone to series. Jen has also helped to staff over sixty-five writers during this time on top primetime shows.

WHERE TO USE YOUR VOICE IN YOUR SCRIPT

Jen will go over the key places and emotional moments in your script to utilize your voice.

Jen will go into what is emotionally fueling your character toward the goal. She will show you how to connect the personal dilemma to the professional pursuit.

Jen will cite examples from current shows where the voice stood out as a way to guide you how to use your voice.

 

IV. WORKSHOP

Jen will go through the log lines in your scripts. Jen will have you write a personal log line for your central character as a way of diving deeper into the emotional well. Jen will help you to define the why for your central character wanting what they want.

Jen will help you to identify places in your story where you can use your voice.

Jen will show you how you to draw from your Log Lines For Your Life and Story Arcs as a way to understand your voice so that you can use it by adding fiction to it in your stories.

 

CLOSING

This is a Master Class. You will get to personally work your stories. You will learn how to best use your voice in your scripts and in your personal stories. You will learn the story tools it takes to elevate your story to a level that could lead you to get into the writing programs, staff and sell your pilot.

 

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TORONTO SCREENWRITING CONFERENCE 2016 – APRIL 29 – MAY 1, 2016

by on Mar.04, 2016, under events, Featured, Motivation

TORONTO SCREENWRITING CONFERENCE – APRIL 29 – MAY 1, 2016

Featured Speakers

Glen Mazzara

Glen Mazzara

Creator/Executive Producer/Showrunner of A&E’s new series, DAMIEN

Stephen Falk

Stephen Falk

Creator/Executive Producer/Showrunner of the FXX series, YOU’RE THE WORST

Corey Mandell

Corey Mandell

Award-Winning Playwright & Screenwriter

Jen Grisanti

Jen Grisanti

Story Consultant & Writing Instructor

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2015 FILMS THAT MADE US FEEL THE STORY

by on Jan.13, 2016, under Featured, Motivation

What does a storyteller have to do to make us feel their story? Last year, there were so many films that made us really feel what the story was trying to say. The films that I felt the most were; The Revenant, Spotlight, Room, Steve Jobs and Inside Out.

We feel story through the understanding of truth being revealed and it affirming something within us. It is all about the internal view of the external story. We feel story when we’re taken into a life moment that we may not recognize on the outside but that we completely understand internally. It is fulfilling a void through finding a solution. If we know what the internal struggle is and the arc of healing the wound is explored well, we feel the conflict and triumph in the outcome. When we understand what the filmmaker is trying to say, we feel the story.

The Revenant is about the true story of legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass surviving a brutal attack by a bear. This is what it is on the outside. Internally, it is about finding answers and moving forward after suffering tremendous loss mentally, emotionally and physically. It is poetic in how it’s done, with the scenes from a moment of loss that happened before the story starts connecting to one that happens during the story. The arc of healing the wound is beautifully played. It is graphic and extremely violent. However, this really sends home what it is to survive. I was mesmerized by this story. I felt so connected to the journey back from loss, betrayal and torture. How do you find redemption in this type of scenario? Will redemption bring you peace? There were so many elements of humanity revealed in this masterpiece directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. It penetrated both the mind and the spirit.

Spotlight tells a riveting story based on the Pulitzer Prize winning Boston Globe investigation that uncovered the enormous scandal of child molestation and cover-ups within the local Archdiocese, causing an upheaval in one of the world’s most trusted institutions. It is an amazing story to watch how all the pieces of the puzzle in this journalistic endeavor came together. What brings you into the story emotionally is that many of the journalists covering it up grew up Catholic. So, we got to see their personal challenges within this exploration of truth. The cast is phenomenal. The story is enthralling. This issue is something that hits us all on a universal level.

Room is another incredible story of survival. It explores the depth of the connection between a mother and her son after going through the horrific ordeal of the mother being abducted and impregnated by her captor and living in one room for the first five years of her son’s life before her son helps them to escape. The wound is crystal clear. The imagination of the son and how this moves him through the experience is awe-inspiring. The psychological effect of only knowing the relationship with his mom and having no understanding of the world outside of the room is truly moving. The reintegration into life is what we root for. The idea explored is; can you move past a trauma of this magnitude and find meaning and purpose again? This experience may be foreign to us, but the idea of moving past a severe trauma is very universal. It is the internal story that brings us in and makes us feel for both of these characters. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay give brilliant performances. This is a story that will stay with you.

Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of one of the world’s greatest innovators. It explores the digital revolution and shows us what life looked like for Steve Jobs during three iconic product launches. There are several scenes in this film written by Aaron Sorkin that are mind-blowing. It is the internal view of Steve Jobs that makes us feel this story. This is shown through the relationship with a daughter he initially denied was his, the reveal that he was adopted, his views toward feeling rejected and the dynamic with his loyal colleague, Joanna (played brilliantly by Kate Winslet). We feel his wound in the scene where John Sculley says; “Why do people who were adopted feel like they were rejected instead of selected?” For me, it is the parallel between his feeling about this life incident that happened and how it happened and what goes on with his daughter that made me understand this man in a whole new way. I came into this film wanting to know more about who Steve Jobs was and what made him tick. I LOVED how I felt after seeing this film. I loved it so much that I saw it twice.

Inside Out is a whimsical view into the emotional life of young Riley whose world is turned upside down when her parents tell her that they are going to move. What makes us feel this story is the interplay between her emotions; Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness that are all embodied by characters. I LOVED this movie because it really stops isolation and builds a sense of community through the understanding of how our internal emotions influence our external life. We’ve all gone through a myriad of these emotions. Seeing them come to life and try to make sense of the pursuit that they’re on to ultimately make Riley happy is a gift. It also shows us that we need to move through and understand all of our emotions to help guide us to where we want to go in life. I love the message. I felt the story. This is a film that touches us all no matter what our age.

We feel your story when the storyteller gives us an inside view of the conflict in question through the worldview of the central character and when we understand what you are trying to say with your story. It is the internal view of a character that pulls us in emotionally and makes us identify with what is being explored.

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FRIDAY NIGHT SOCIAL – NOVEMBER 6, 2015

by on Oct.20, 2015, under events, Featured

Friday Night Social ~ November 6, 2015

Event Date: Friday, November 6, 2015  || Starts at 6:30 pm  || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti

Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to “Network”. Plan on meeting people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry.  

IMPORTANT:

Please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, November 5, 2015.

 

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WHY STORIES LIKE “THE MARTIAN” WORK

by on Oct.20, 2015, under Featured, Motivation

The Martian is an extraordinary feel good film that really takes you into the idea that anything is possible if you focus on a desire, take action, don’t let the setbacks bring you down and always move forward and believe. It takes the idea of being positive to a whole new level. The Martian’s success at the box office is a sure sign that this type of story appeals to the masses. We all want to believe that we can achieve the dream despite the odds. It shows you that the underdog holds a place in all of our hearts. When the focus on the outcome is clear, it is truly amazing to see what can transpire even in what appears to be an insurmountable situation. This story takes achieving the dream to a whole new height. It is universal. It is accessible. It will make you feel like you can accomplish anything if you put forth a plan in action.

I was fascinated by this story. Drew Goddard wrote the screenplay. My first thought was that it is similar to Gravity that was written by Alfonso Cuaron and Jonas Cuaron. Both films started with a very powerful trigger and dilemma. In The Martian, the trigger was when Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is thought to be dead after he is hit in the middle of a storm and his crew leaves him on Mars. His dilemma is that he has to figure out how to survive until there is a return visit. He knows that this won’t be for 4 years. His pursuit is to do the math and figure out how to make food and create an environment that will allow him to survive. In Gravity, Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock), a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut, Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) must face disaster when their shuttle is destroyed and they are left alone in space. The dilemma is clearly to find a way to survive despite the odds. The pursuit is to make it back to earth. In both films, I think that we knew what the outcome would be, but being part of the journey and learning what it took to get there is why we go along for the ride. We want to be able to see what heroes do to get over their hurdles. We want to learn how to be the hero in our own life and to be able to get past what appear to be insurmountable obstacles.

In stories like these, we know that the pursuit feels unattainable. The fascinating thing in The Martian was that the science was simplified and we were able to understand some of the choices that Matt Watney’s character had to make in order to survive. His tactics were so logical. His character remained incredibly optimistic for the majority of the journey despite the odds, the obstacles and the stakes that he faced. There was so much emotion that came from seeing his drive and watching his belief. This is such a strong message for everyone who faces a situation where it seems like “all is lost” and the chances of moving through it seem unattainable. By watching the actions that Watney takes and seeing the obstacles that he is able to overcome, we can apply the same thought to our own lives. What if we took optimism and determination and used it to fuel our pursuits? Usually, our fuel is the pain of knowing what the worst that can happen is if we don’t pursue our dreams. What if we started focusing on what the best is that can happen and believe in this possibility? How could this approach change our lives?

It also comes down to the questions that we ask ourselves. In Gravity, it felt like the question being debated was “Do I want to live or die?” This stemmed from a deep wound that happened in the past with the loss of Ryan’s child. In The Martian, we know that Watney wants to live. Part of what is fueling this is that he knows his crew is going to feel like they made a mistake. He does not want them to feel this. With Watney’s character, more of what is being debated is; can he use his resourcefulness, knowledge and optimism to attain the outcome he wants. Both situations are being fueled by emotion and desire. When you understand how to tell a story where we fully feel the emotion that is fueling the desire, you attain an outcome that appeals to the masses.

It is interesting how the real life story of the author of the book that the film is based on, Andy Weir, has parallels with what could appear to be an insurmountable goal. After dropping out of college and getting rejected for his first two books, Andy went back to working in computers. He figured that with the Internet, he could do writing as a hobby. What he produced was The Martian. The Martian was Andy’s first published book. He self-published it when he couldn’t get a publisher. It sold really well on Amazon. When it started doing well, it got on Amazon’s bestseller list. Random House approached him. This led to him landing an agent and getting a publishing deal. The film followed this.

The insurmountable goal that gets attained is what inspires all of us to believe that anything is possible. This is why these stories work; they make the attainment of the dream seem possible.

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FRIDAY NIGHT SOCIAL, FRIDAY OCTOBER 2, 2015 AT 6:30 P.M. AT ROCK & REILLY’S BARREL ROOM

by on Sep.28, 2015, under events, Featured

Friday Night Social ~ October 2, 2015

 

Event Date: Friday, October 2, 2015  || Starts at 6:30 pm  || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti

Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to “Network”. Plan on meeting people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry.  

IMPORTANT:

Please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, October 1, 2015.

 

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This month’s Friday Night Social is a free event being held at Rock & Reilly’s Barrel Room.   Please join Jennifer Grisanti and SWN at this new location for this month’s Friday Night Social “Networking” event.

Rock & Reilly’s knew it had a good thing going when it opened up its former private events space to the public called The Barrel Room, modeled after a casual Western watering hole located on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.

The Lore Group’s newest Sunset Strip production mixes everything from barrel-aged cocktails by Matt Greene to an approachable set of drinking bites, like pickled hard-boiled eggs, cheese and charcuterie, and more from chef Chris Olsefsky.

Join us at The Barrel Room:

Barrel Room 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Below: Photos from previous events:

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Event starts at 6:30 pm – Ends at 9:30 pm

(Special thank you to our special guests that attend randomly – you know who you are;  Thank you!)

 

Location:

The Barrel Room

8913 W Sunset Blvd

West Hollywood, CA 90069

Phone # 310.360.1400

(Corner of N. San Vicente Blvd. and Sunset Blvd.)

 


CITY OF SANTA MONICA:
Take the 10 EAST, exit La Cienega Blvd going North. Merge onto San Vicente Blvd. Make a left on Sunset Blvd.

THE VALLEY
Take 405 SOUTH. Exit Sunset going East.

EAST LOS ANGELES
Take 101 NORTH. Exit Sunset going West.

 


Valet parking is available in the front. Multiple parking lots around the area, including one behind Pearl’s off of Clark St. Plenty of street metered parking.

 

Admission:

FREE to attend.  Pay for your own food, cocktails & parking.

**Check in with us at the entrance to receive your name tags for networking.

**Complimentary finger food / Nachos will be provided for our Networking Group!
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STORY TRANSFORMATION: CREATING CHANGE

by on Aug.25, 2015, under Featured, Motivation, Spiritual

I seek to provide transformation to others and to experience it personally on a daily basis. As a story consultant, my mission is to help transform the message of the storyteller into one that resonates with their audience on a deeper level, uplifts, creates change, and to leads the storyteller to a sale.

How do we create transformation through the telling of story? After writing my book, “Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path To Success,” I always seek ways to elevate my own message. I find that by being open to transformation in my own life, I better understand how to pass it on to others. My goal with every seminar, every one-on-one consult, and every life experience is to identify how story can encourage change in the way that we see things.

When I teach or guide, my intention is to take the storyteller to a deeper place of understanding the why. Focusing on the why leads to transformation. Three whys that have significance in this process are:

Why does the writer want to write the story?
Why are they the perfect writer for the story?
Why does the central character want what they want? Or, Why do they want to achieve the goal?

Understanding the why adds emotional fuel to your story. When we feel and understand your whys, we feel your story. It’s a similar equation for entrepreneurs who need to tell and sell the story of their brands.

When I see films, watch TV, or read a non-fiction book, I’m seeking a sense of transformation. I have a desired outcome in my mind. When I can feel the why behind what the screenwriter or author is trying to say, and I understand how it applies to my own life, transformation happens. I am a junkie for transformation through story.

This year, two books that have stood out and led me to transformation are The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday and The 22-Day Revolution: The Plant Based Program That Will Transform Your Body, Reset Your Habits and Change Your Life, by Marcos Borges.

Ryan Holiday wrote his book is to guide people through using obstacles to their advantage versus getting bogged down by them. I love his quotation: “The obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition.” His book illuminated the path to my own transformation because I understood the author’s why for writing it, and I understood my why for reading it. I wanted to learn from past leaders who encountered apparently insurmountable obstacles, what they did to get through them, and what they learned along the way. This book transformed how I view my own obstacles.

While Ryan Holiday’s book led to emotional transformation, The 22-Day Revolution: The Plant Based Program That Will Transform Your Body, Reset Your Habits and Change Your Life by Marcos Borges brought about physical transformation in my life. I read this book because so many of my friends who have faced cancer believe a plant-based diet is the healthiest way to go. I understood the author’s why for writing it and my why for reading. I tried the 22-day program and loved it! In addition to my internal health, I wanted to see results. The food was amazing and I loved the physical results. The fact that the transformation led to a desired visible result made it even more fulfilling.

In film and TV, the desired outcome is to transform audiences. I’ll forgive a writer almost anything structurally if I feel transformed by the story. I recently saw Ricki and The Flash. I was curious how Diablo Cody would tell the story of a woman who left her family, since this is such a counter-intuitive life experience yet it happens in the world. I wanted to see if I could understand the why behind Ricki’s action as well as Diablo’s why for writing it. In life, we make bad choices that often lead to negative outcomes. What I took away from this story was that despite deep dysfunction and mistakes made, family is family. No family is perfect and we can find meaning in the imperfections when there is love. The question I felt being asked was: Can we find redemption by fulfilling a role that we left behind and find peace in the process? I did expect that the story would go deeper into the why behind Ricki’s choice to leave in the first place, and there were parts of the story that I felt could have been stronger. However, the story did reach me. I felt her regret. I felt compassion for Ricki (played so brilliantly by Meryl Streep). I understood why she wanted what she wanted. I teared up at the end. I felt the transformation because I felt like I understood why the story was written. This is what story is about.

There is an endless market for story because all of us, in our own ways, seek to explore and understand life. By understanding the whys of story, you allow us in, you transform, and you create change.

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