San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
On at the Writers Guild Theater, Lindsay Doran may change everything you think you know about screenwriting.
Spoiler Alert: This talk gives away the ending of every movie ever made.
Lindsay Doran has worked in the movie business for more than 30 years as a studio executive and as a producer. She has served as the President and COO of United Artists Pictures and as the President of Sydney Pollack’s Mirage Productions. She currently divides her time between her producing duties and her work as “The Script Whisperer®” -- anonymous consultation for studios on high priority script development.
Lindsay’s first film credit was as Executive in Charge of Production on the mock-documentary “This is Spinal Tap.” As a producer, her credits include “Dead Again,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Nanny McPhee,” and “Stranger Than Fiction.”
As an executive, Lindsay worked on dozens of films including “The Sure Thing,” “Stand By Me,” “Pretty in Pink,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Planes Trains and Automobiles,” “The Naked Gun,” “Pet Sematary,” “Ghost,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” and two James Bond films – “The World is Not Enough” and “Tomorrow Never Dies.”
She is the winner of numerous awards including the Golden Globe Best Picture award and the British Academy Award for Best Film, both for “Sense and Sensibility.” She was also nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category for “Sense and Sensibility.”
Lindsay tries to be guided by the Three Rules of Drama, found in an ancient text, as the basis for what motion picture entertainment ought to be:
#1 It must be arresting and amusing to the drunk.
#2 It must address the question, “How should we live?”
#3 It must address the question, “How does the universe work?”
When & Where
The Black List
The Black List, an annual survey of Hollywood executives' favorite unproduced screenplays, was founded in 2005. Since then, more than 270 Black List scripts have been produced, grossing over $24 billion in box office worldwide. Black List movies have won 37 Academy Awards, including three of the last six Best Picture Oscars and eight of the last fourteen Best Screenplay Oscars.
In October of 2012, the Black List launched a unique online community where screenwriters make their work available to readers, buyers and employers. Since its inception, it has hosted more than 20,000 screenplays and teleplays and provided more than 32,000 script evaluations. As a direct result of introductions made on the Black List, dozens of writers have found representation at major talent agencies and management companies, as well as sold or optioned their screenplays.
Currently, the Black List hosts over 2,600 scripts for consideration by over 2,400 film industry professionals ranging from agency assistants, to studio and network presidents, to A-list actors and directors.