A Cathartic Interview with Vicki Peterson

A recent analysis about female scriptwriters reminds us that the global film industry is out of balance. It skims the surface of issues surrounding women in front of and behind film–writing scripts, directing projects. In May, headline stories from Cannes to Hollywood, regurgitated topics that’ll take generations before there is any significant change to how the film business is run.

However, as part of this process, there are thousands of people, men and women, diligently imparting their wisdom, creating a network of thought, hoping to reframe the questions asked in the media. Through the magic of Twitter, I stumbled on one such person, Vicki Peterson.

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Vicki spoke to me in June from her offices in Los Angeles. She is a businesswoman, author, scriptwriter, soon-to-graduate MFA student, mother to three children, wife, plus many other roles we didn’t have time to discuss. Vicki and Barbara Nicolosi, her business and writing partner, also recently published a book about screenwriting while they continue to run their company, Catharsis, together. Continue reading

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It’s Erica Tremblay’s Turn (and America’s, too)

After Friday’s historic US Supreme Court ruling legalising gay marriage in all US States, it’s time to share my interview with Erica Tremblay. Erica is the director of the feature-length documentary film IN THE TURN that just won Best Documentary at the Transgender Film Festival 2015 in Kiel Germany. The film has had several screenings and I expect there will be many more people lining up to see this topical story.

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As film makers have access to cheaper equipment…you don’t have to be in LA to make documentary films (Erica Tremblay).

A couple of weeks ago I published an industry analysis about why there are fewer female scriptwriters in the film industry. The interview that follows relates to my Masters degree project.

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Anne-Cecile Ville: The Evolution of a Screenwriter

Last week I interviewed two US-based scriptwriters, Kentucky’s  PJ Woodside and New York’s Juli S. Kobayashi. This week I travel virtually to the UK to tell you about Anne-Cecile Ville, a determined and focused screenwriter whose Dating Up script is in the top six in The Black List category for romance as of May 2015. Her efforts and persistence to learn the craft and to advance her skills is evident even without me having read her work (yet). I spoke to Anne-Cecile via Skype to get her perspective on being a scriptwriter. Continue reading