Producer David Alpert on How to Take the Weird and Make It Great

Producer David Alpert on How to Take the Weird and Make It Great
Somewhere between selling 6,000 comic books a month as a high school student, and producing the mega-hit The Walking Dead, David Alpert has learned a thing or two about “Taking the Weird and Making it Great.” And he shared those lessons at a tell-all evening of the same title during a recent visit to San Luis Obispo County. The event was the first in a series of Creative Chats at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles. While best known for The Walking Dead franchise, Alpert also found success produ… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

It's Music to Our Ears: Grant Whiting Joins SoCreate

It's Music to Our Ears: Grant Whiting Joins SoCreate
Dad. Musician. Longboarder. Husband. And now Grant Whiting can add SoCreate UX Developer to his list of titles! We’re thrilled to welcome Grant to the team. And we hear he’s pretty thrilled to be here, too. “There is a lot of industry knowledge on this team,” Grant said. “While I’m excited to contribute to it, I think I’m going to learn a ton.” Grant started on the path to software engineering about five years ago, as part of the web development program at Laurus College. Early on, he skinne… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

SoCreate Shoutout to the Sunday Script Club

SoCreate Shoutout to the Sunday Script Club
The first bullet on SoCreate’s list of values is “always put the writer first.” We do our best every day to support writers, encourage you, help you, and celebrate you. And, when we come across a writer who’s doing the same for other writers, we can’t wait to shout it from the rooftops! This month, I discovered Sharmini M’s “Sunday Script Club,” and I just had to share. Not only is her material educational and collaborative, but it’s also a visual way to delve into scriptwriting that I’ve yet… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

SoCreate Launches ‘Lunch Meet’ Team-Led Learning Series

SoCreate Launches ‘Lunch Meet’ Team-Led Learning Series
Remember, there’s always another way. It’s the last bullet on our list of SoCreate company values, but certainly not least. The SoCreate team is made up of lifelong learners, and we constantly strive to find new, better ways of doing things. We’re baking that value into our newest office initiative: Lunch Meet. Lunch Meet is a monthly series where we meet for lunch (but not necessarily lunch meat 😊) to show and tell what we’ve recently learned in hopes that it provides value to the rest of th… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

SLO International Film Fest Brings in Big Talent in 2019

SLO International Film Fest Brings in Big Talent in 2019
Movies Matter! For 25 years, the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival has been singing that tune, and 2019 will be no different. For the fest’s silver celebration, organizers are bringing in films that address politics, environment, women’s rights, and more. “We aren’t saving the world,” said Executive Director Wendy Lewis, “but we are definitely impacting the way audiences see the world.” And that sentiment is what keeps SoCreate going back year after year, as both sponsor and guest of S… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Screenwriter Adam G. Simon Wowed by SoCreate Screenwriting Platform

Screenwriter Adam G. Simon Wowed by SoCreate Screenwriting Platform
“Give me the f***ing software! Give me access to it as soon as possible.” – Screenwriter Adam G. Simon, reacting to SoCreate Platform demonstration It’s rare that we allow anyone to see how the SoCreate Screenwriting Platform works. We fiercely protect it for a few reasons: We don’t want anyone to attempt to copy it, and then deliver a sub-par product to screenwriters; The software needs to be perfect before we release it – we want to prevent future frustrations for screenwriters, not cause t… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Want to Sell Your Screenplay? Screenwriter Doug Richardson Tells You How

Want to Sell Your Screenplay? Screenwriter Doug Richardson Tells You How
Take it from someone who’s had incredible success in Hollywood: your screenplay had better be great if you’re trying to sell it! Screenwriter Doug Richardson (Die Hard 2, Mooseport, Bad Boys, Hostage) expanded upon that advice during a sit-down with SoCreate at the Central Coast Writer’s Conference. Watch the video or read the transcript below to hear his take on the question he’s asked most often – now that my screenplay is done, how do I sell it? TRANSCRIPT “How do you sell your screenpla… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

SoCreate Levels Up at Startup Grind Global Conference

SoCreate Levels Up at Startup Grind Global Conference
Stripe, Airbnb, Box, SoulCycle, and the list goes on! SoCreate was in good company at the 2019 Startup Grind Global Conference. In partnership with Google for Startups, the event attracts thousands of hungry entrepreneurs looking to learn from and be inspired by startups doing big things. We returned to SLO with heads and hearts full of ideas to continue building our own great company. Having never been part of a startup before SoCreate, I’m inspired by the successful businesses that started… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Should I hire a script consultant?

Should I hire a script consultant?
Mom said she’s already picturing your name in lights. Your girlfriend said she’s deciding what to wear to the Oscars when you accept your award for Best Original Screenplay. And your best friend said, “It’s cool, man.” It sounds like you have a winning script on your hands! But somehow, encouraging words from your family and friends don’t instill the confidence you’re craving in your final draft. That’s where a script consultant comes in. They’re highly debated in the industry, mostly for two… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich

Showing Love to SoCreate’s “Get Writing” Competition Entrants

Showing Love to SoCreate’s “Get Writing” Competition Entrants
SoCreate loves writers! And during the month of love, we wanted to show affection to our SoCreate community members around the globe who put in hard work on their screenplays for our “Get Writing” Screenwriting Competition. We asked the first handful of submitters to share some screenwriting love with the rest of our writing community, by telling us what it is that they LOVE about screenwriting. We hope their remarks spark inspiration in you and remind you why you tackle the art and craft of scr… Read this article »
Courtney Meznarich