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The Psychology of Story-Telling with Lindsay Doran

The Black List

Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)

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WGA member/Current Student Ended $9.00 $0.00

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On February 20 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 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?” 

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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When & Where

Writers Guild Theatre
135 S Doheny Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)

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The Black List

The Black List, an annual survey of Hollywood executives' favorite unproduced screenplays, was founded in 2005. Since then, more than 319 Black List scripts have been produced, grossing over $26 billion in box office worldwide. Black List movies have won 51 Academy Awards from 264 nominations, including four of the last nine Best Picture Oscars and ten of the last twenty 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 40,000 screenplays and teleplays and provided more than 65,000 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. In only three years, a half dozen films have been produced from scripts introduced on the website including Golden Globe nominated NIGHTINGALE, starring David Oyelowo.
Currently, the Black List hosts over 3,700 scripts for consideration by over 3,500 film industry professionals ranging from agency assistants, to studio and network presidents, to A-list actors and directors.
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