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10 Vital Pitching Tips From Austin Film Festival

I had the pleasure of returning to the Austin Film Festival to teach the pitch prep seminar alongside the wonderful and brilliant Pamela Ribon for the second year in a row. I was also one of the pitch judges for two of the pitch competition sessions, choosing two finalists in each...

The Two Types of TV Stories

Erik Bork is best known for his work as a writer-producer on the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and From the Earth to the Moon – for which he won two Emmy and two Golden Globe Awards. He teaches screenwriting for UCLA Extension and National University’s MFA Program, and was rated...

Storytelling Strategies: ‘Frozen’ Expectations

What do your characters think is going to happen? The most fundamental goal of a storyteller is to create a sense of anticipation in the audience. A related — and vital — task is to create anticipation in the characters. As John Lennon said, “Life is just what happens to you...