It's the same with the movie industry... it desperately needs new blood and new voices. I only think about "the Academy" (the one everyone thanks in their acceptance speeches) a few times a year -- about who will host the show, who they'll honor, who they'll nominate, and finally, who will they award those precious little statues to next year.
But, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences does many more things year round... especially for screenwriters. Here is a compilation of sound advice from seasoned screenwriters about the art and craft of screenwriting. These videos are produced by the Academy to inspire new writers. Many more videos are available to watch on the Academy's website http://www.oscars.org The advice is insightful... writers who appear in this video were nominated for the Oscar or won.
One of my favorite screenwriters is Callie Khouri, whose first script won her an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1991... she wrote Thelma & Louise.
So check out the Academy's website now and not just in February when you download the list of nominees for your office Oscar pool. The Academy is working hard to dazzle you, movie lovers and writers, not just on Oscar Night.
Enjoy, take notes... and start planning that Oscar party. Who will you be wearing?
Until next time.