As I hunted through my resources this weekend, I came across some screenwriting DVDs I've enjoyed and wanted to share with you.
1. The Dialogue DVD Series: This series of DVDs includes interviews of successful screenwriters talking craft, breaking in, and the films they love. I'm a big fan of crawling inside other writers' heads and learning from their experiences.
2. Tales from the Script: Directed by Peter Hanson, Written and produced by Peter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman, this is a life-changing documentary for any writer who is questioning their path of screenwriting. It's currently on back order at The Writers Store but you can click on "Notify Me When In Stock" and you'll get an alert. It's a MUST WATCH for anyone serious about navigating Hollywood.
Note: There is also a book version of Tales from the Script worthy of the read.
3. Creative Screenwriting DVDs: For those who remember, Creative Screenwriting used to run a very popular Screenwriting Expo every year in L.A. For those who couldn't attend the event, they recorded and put out DVDs of the sessions. When I was a beginning screenwriter, I bought the whole collection and soaked it in. Hollywood lessons on my own TV... and the entire collection was cheaper than flying to L.A. I still have them all and will sometimes pull them out to review, especially ones about genres or mediums I hadn't considered originally working in. Check out the series for yourself and see which ones could help your career and craft.
Hope you find some you enjoy as much as I do!
Jeanne Veillette Bowerman is the Editor and Online Community Manager of Script Magazine and a webinar instructor for The Writers Store. She is Co-Founder and moderator of the weekly Twitter screenwriters’ chat, #Scriptchat, and wrote the narrative adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery by Another Name, with its author, Douglas A. Blackmon, former senior national correspondent of The Wall Street Journal. Jeanne also is President of Implicit Productions and consults with writerson how to build and strengthen their online and offline networks as well as face their fears in order to succeed in writing and in personal peace - a screenwriter's therapist. More information can be found on her blog, ramblings of a recovered insecureaholic. Follow@jeannevb on Twitter.