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The deep rooted theme of this blog is embedded in the title—Screenwriting from Iowa … and Other Unlikely Places. Here are a couple of quotes from two recent Oscar winners about telling stories from unlikely places (and least from a Hollywood, Oscar-winning perspective): “Because I’m based in Seoul, I wanted to tell the story about […]

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“I was surprised at how relatable I found many Villagers’ pursuits. Their attempts to find connection, love and meaning were not so dissimilar from my own.” Director (and recent college grad) Lance Oppenheim A mistake that creative people often make is that interesting stories are somewhere else—usually far away exotic place. South Florida native Lance […]

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“I just kept working,..You just have to keep your nose to the grindstone.” NFL football player Austin Reiter My favorite story to come out of Super Bowl LVI was regarding Austin Reiter.  He was cut by the Cleveland Browns in 2018. When he played for the Browns during the 2017 season they did not win […]

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In light of last night’s Iowa Caucus and the counting confusionthis morning, what’s needed is a little Election humor from screenwriter Alexander Payne and actress Reece Witherspoon.  

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“As a 17-year-old, Patrick Mahomes dreamed one day that he would be able to say those words [‘I’m going to Disney World’] if he won a Super Bowl. Fast-forward seven years and Mahomes’ dream certainly came true.” Eduardo Gonzalez Los Angeles Times Feb. 3. 2020 Last night Kansas City Chief’s quarterback Patrick Mahomes led his […]

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“As a 17-year-old, Patrick Mahomes dreamed one day that he would be able to say those words [‘I’m going to Disney World’] if he won a Super Bowl. Fast-forward seven years and Mahomes’ dream certainly came true.” Eduardo Gonzalez Los Angeles Times Feb. 3. 2020 Last night Kansas City Chief’s Patrick Mahomes led his team […]

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“If you have an opportunity to accomplish something that will make things better for someone coming behind you, and you don’t do that, you are wasting your time on this earth.” Baseball great and humanitarian Roberto Clemente Every day 150,000 people die. On Sunday, nine people died in a tragic helicopter accident in Calabasas, California. […]

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“If you have an opportunity to accomplish something that will make things better for someone coming behind you, and you don’t do that, you are wasting your time on this earth.” Baseball great and humanitarian Roberto Clemente Every day 150,000 people die. On Sunday, nine people died in a tragic helicopter accident in Calabasas, California. […]

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”How to tell a good story? I don’t think anybody has that answer. Like when I sat down to write Dear Basketball I was like what do I want to say? You have certain acts and how you can structure things, ebbs and flow of story, certain formulas that have been there since the beginning […]

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“The internet is a miraculous things. Just share as much as you can, self-publish, blog, podcast whatever you need to do. Just make sure you are not withholding your gifts from the world. Because you have so many opportunities now….We’re in a new frontier.” Diablo Cody Today marks the 12th anniversary of Screenwriting from Iowa […]

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