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Special Writing Show Interview: Writer/director Dan O'Bannon's Screenwriting Structure
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

With Diane O'Bannon and Matt Lohr

A Writing Show special: Dan O'Bannon's screenwriting structure.

Famed writer/director Dan O’Bannon, best known for his work on “Alien,” was a legend. At the time of his death, in 2009, he was working with a protégé named Matt Lohr on a book that outlined his own proprietary screenplay structural method, which he called dynamic structure. He had taught this system at USC, Chapman University, and other institutions.

After Dan died, his wife, Diane, asked Matt to complete the book, Dan O'Bannon's Guide to Screenplay Structure: Inside Tips from the Writer of ALIEN, TOTAL RECALL and RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. Matt and Diane finished the book, which has been published by Michael Wiese Productions, the publishing house behind such popular film production and screenwriting books as Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder and The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler.

Dan's structural system is a unique look at story, re-conceiving character and conflict in a revolutionary style that breathes new life into standard screenplay structural models. Unlike other such systems, Dan's has a proven track record, as the billion-dollar worldwide grosses of his films (not to mention ALIEN's place in the National Film Registry) attest.

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Interviewees: Diane O'Bannon and Matt Lohr
Host: Paula B.
Date: February 18, 2104
Running time: 01:11:04
File size: 25 megabytes
Rating: PG. Passing sexual reference.

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A Writing Show Farewell
Sunday, December 02, 2012

With Writing Show host Paula B.

The Writing Show is ending!

We've had a lot of fun over the last seven years, but it's time to move on to other things. Thank you for listening, for donating, for sending in your contest entries and slush pile chapters, for your helpful suggestions, and for helping make the writing field ever more vibrant!

I will continue to be involved in the writing field, although I'm not sure in what capacity. When I figure it out, you'll hear about it!

Best wishes, and keep writing!

Your host,Paula B.

Host: Paula B.
Date: December 2, 2012
Running time: 05:17
File size: 3 megabytes
Rating: G

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Slush Pile Show #32
Saturday, October 13, 2012

With Writing Show host Paula B.

This podcast series is designed to help you practice capturing readers’ attention. Inspired by literary agent Kristin Nelson’s two-page pitch sessions, Writing Show host Paula B. will play agent and comment on your anonymous submissions on the show.

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Host: Paula B.
Date: October 13, 2012
Running time: 53:36
File size: 26 megabytes
Rating: G

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Slush Pile Workshop #31
Saturday, September 15, 2012

With Writing Show host Paula B.

This podcast series is designed to help you practice capturing readers’ attention. Inspired by literary agent Kristin Nelson’s two-page pitch sessions, Writing Show host Paula B. will play agent and comment on your anonymous submissions on the show.

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Host: Paula B.
Date: September 15, 2012
Running time: 48:09
File size: 23 megabytes
Rating: G

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Slush Pile Workshop #30
Saturday, August 18, 2012

With Writing Show host Paula B.

This podcast series is designed to help you practice capturing readers’ attention. Inspired by literary agent Kristin Nelson’s two-page pitch sessions, Writing Show host Paula B. will play agent and comment on your anonymous submissions on the show.

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Host: Paula B.
Date: August 18, 2012
Running time: 45:36
File size: 22 megabytes
Rating: PG (profanity and dark subject matter)

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Slush Pile Workshop #29
Saturday, July 21, 2012

This podcast series is designed to help you practice capturing readers’ attention. Inspired by literary agent Kristin Nelson’s two-page pitch sessions, Writing Show host Paula B. will play agent and comment on your anonymous submissions on the show.

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Host: Paula B.
Date: July 21, 2012
Running time: 48:57
File size: 23 megabytes
Rating: PG (some profanity and sexuality)

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Slush Pile Workshop #28
Saturday, June 30, 2012

With Writing Show host Paula B.

This podcast series is designed to help you practice capturing readers’ attention. Inspired by literary agent Kristin Nelson’s two-page pitch sessions, Writing Show host Paula B. will play agent and comment on your anonymous submissions on the show.

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Host: Paula B.
Date: June 30, 2012
Running time: 01:20:41
File size:   38 megabytes
Rating: PG (some violence and profanity)

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Slush Pile Workshop #27
Saturday, June 02, 2012

With Writing Show host Paula B.

This podcast series is designed to help you practice capturing readers’ attention. Inspired by literary agent Kristin Nelson’s two-page pitch sessions, Writing Show host Paula B. will play agent and comment on your anonymous submissions on the show.

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Host: Paula B.
Date: June2, 2012
Running time: 01:11:18
File size: 34 megabytes
Rating: PG (some sexual content)

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Slush Pile Workshop #26
Saturday, April 28, 2012

With Writing Show host Paula B.

This podcast series is designed to help you practice capturing readers’ attention. Inspired by literary agent Kristin Nelson’s two-page pitch sessions, Writing Show host Paula B. will play agent and comment on your anonymous submissions on the show.

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Host: Paula B.
Date: April 28, 2012
Running time: 55:29
File size: 27 megabytes
Rating: G

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