Rob’s longevity in the competitive market of top-tier writers has been due to his passion for the craft and ability to adapt. From knowledge of politics to entertainment trends, Rob continuously pulls rabbits out of hats. The point? That when you are not hearing from Rob, he’s not sitting on a remote white sand beach sipping margaritas, he’s in deep, researching, writing and reinventing himself. From penning some of the top TV sitcoms in the 1980’s and 1990’s, to Disney feature animation writing in the 2000’s, and now this next decade has him transitioning to live-action feature and adaptation writing — not to leave out the two books he is writing. And when he’s not hunkered down exploring life from different angles and organizing them on the page, he looks forward to talking with and meeting all of you; the writers that have gleaned insights in to this thriving and sometimes tough industry through him.
Many talented people make up Team Rob. Frankly, they do all the work. All I do is walk in, pick up the clicker and start yapping. When they’re not doing literally everything else, Anne Marie, Nancy, Christopher and the gang are out in the world writing fantastic screenplays, making great movies and writing wonderful articles like this one. Congratulations to Anne Marie Boidock for this great article on the Sizoo brothers and their photographic journeys. We look forward to more bylines from her in the future.
Photo by Bastiaan Sizoo
Thank you to all of you who were able to join Rob Edwards and some of the workshop team at Groundworks Coffee for another successful “Pop-up” coffee talk. We also want to send a big thank you out to Groundwork Coffee on Montana in Santa Monica for their helpful staff, delectable eats, awesome drinks and for creating an all around engaging atmosphere for us to meet.
Hey friends, we know it’s been a while since Rob has had one of his coffee talks. To change it up, we are meeting for a “Pop Up” coffee, this Sunday, May 22nd from 2:00-5:00pm in Santa Monica. All are welcome to pick Rob’s brain, no surgeons please, just good old, pencil sharpening writers (and, yes, he uses a pencil sometimes.)
I was thrilled to be a part of the Central Coast Writers Conference last year for their panel entitled “Crafting of a Masterpiece from Content to Classic”.
This video is packed with great tips on writing both books and screenplays from the legendary Paul Selvin, award winning screenwriter Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes, Divergent), Peter Dunne (“CSI”, “Jag” and the miniseries “Sybil”), the hysterical children’s book author Wendeline Van Drannen, screenwriter and novelist Doug Richardson (Die Hard, Money Train) and my new besties, comedy legend and one of Bob Hope’s favorite writers, Gene Perrett (“3’s Company”, “Welcome Back Kotter”) and thriller novelist Johnathan Mayberry, who I shared a glass of wine or twenty with at the afterparty. No one held back and rolled out their best tactics!
Let me know what you think in the comments below. There’s a surprise at 11:30!
On the last show I worked on, the Executive Producer would occasionally start the day by watching his favorite episodes of one of his earlier award-winning shows. When I worked with two other writers on a feature for Universal, one of my co-writers would often read his earlier well-regarded scripts. He’d burst into his inimitable laugh every few pages and then settle into his day’s work.
Why do this? I really couldn’t answer the question until earlier this week.
It’s Week 4 of the Skrawl Writers Challenge.
OK, so I lost the first challenge. Won the second. And lost the third.
Of course, I’m me, so rather than just take a victory lap on the second one, I’m going to dwell on the first challenge. Let you know what my plan of attack was for the second. And then talk about the third challenge next week… after I’ve cried myself to sleep. Yeah, I’m a sore loser.
So, here goes.
I had a fun conversation with Kristin Hunt at Historybuff.com about animation history the other day and this is the result.
As any of you who have come to my Master Classes or coffees knows, I can go on a bit when I’m passionate about something and animation history is a subject that I love to geek out about. Kudos to Kristin for artfully whittling down my endless sentences into coherent ones.
“Hey Rob! I know the structure stuff you teach on your website works like magic for feature films but I’m working on a short film. What should I do?”
I get this question a lot.
Okay, maybe that’s not exactly the question but it’s in the ballpark. Here’s the best way to answer…
Sorry I’ve been away. Here’s why.
Anyway, I’m doing something fun right now and I thought this would be a great opportunity to get the site back up and running. I figure, if I blog my way through the experience I can do some real teaching and really move the ball down the field as far as eradicating bad screenwriting forever.
I’m competing in the SKRAWL SCREENWRITERS ROOM CHALLENGE. Now I ain’t gon’ lie. I wanna win and wins don’t happen by accident. Also, I always like to set an intention before I sit down to write anyway and winning is as good a goal as any (coffee and nachos at Aroma are on me next time if I do!) Besides, stuff like this helps keep my head in the game and it’ll make it more fun for you guys. Kinda like the way putting two dollars on a random horse makes you a lot more interested in the outcome of the race.
Okay. Here’s the competition…