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The Psychology of Storytelling with Lindsay Doran

The Black List

Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

The Psychology of Storytelling with Lindsay Doran

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On August 7 at 7:30 pm at the Writers Guild Theater, Lindsay Doran may change everything you think you know about screenwriting.

Presented by the Black List and the WGAw Committee of Women Writers, Lindsay's talk, which was the subject of the New York Times article “Perfectly Happy, Even Without Happy Endings” and which was excerpted in her TEDx Talk titled “Saving the World vs. Kissing the Girl,” examines what the field of Positive Psychology can teach us about about the secrets of writing a satisfying movie and how our deep-seated fear of the saber-toothed tiger keeps them a secret.
Lindsay is the producer of such movies as SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (for which she was nominated for an Oscar), Stranger Than Fiction, Nanny McPhee and Dead Again. (She was also the Executive in Charge of Production on THIS IS SPINAL TAP!)  She does story consulting as the Script Whisperer® on high level studio projects and has appeared on the Script Notes podcast.

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 with 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?” 

Note: Ticket fee exists only to cover the cost of the venue graciously offered by the WGA at a discount. Neither Lindsay Doran nor the Black List will benefit from this event. Any surplus will be donated to the Writers Guild Foundation.
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Writers Guild Theater
135 S Doheny Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

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The Black List

The Black List is an online community where moviemakers find scripts to make and writers to write them and screenwriters find moviemakers to make their scripts and employ them. Begun in 2005 as an annual survey of several dozen executives favorite unproduced screenplays, the Black List has grown to survey over 500 executives each year (virtually 100% of Hollywood’s studio system’s executive corps). Over 270 Black List scripts have been produced into films grossing over $23 billion in worldwide box office. Black List scripts have won 37 Academy Awards – including three of the last six Best Pictures and eight of the last fourteen screenwriting awards – from 196 nominations.

In October 2012, the Black List launched an online database of every screenplay and teleplay circulating Hollywood and all those submitted by English language writers from around the world. Since its launch, it has hosted more than 15,000 screenplays teleplays and completed more than 24,000 script evaluations. Dozen of writers have found representation at major agencies and management companies or sold/optioned their screenplays as a direct result of introductions made via the site.

At any given moment, more than 2,600 scripts are actively hosted for perusal by over 2,400 film industry professionals ranging from agency assistants to studio and network presidents and A list actors and directors.

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