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Shoot From the Heart with Diane Bell: Filmmaking, Screenwriting, & Inspiration

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To make a movie, you need cash and it's easy to feel like THE thing stopping you from achieving success as a filmmaker is a lack of finance. In this episode, I invite you to think about what money is and how it relates to making movies. Join
In this episode, I share a little about my own personal journey as a woman and an artist, and a few things that I've learned a long the way. To register for the free masterclass FEMALE ARTIST RISING --> www.dianebell.com/rising
Women are still dramatically under-represented in the film world. It's easy to look outside of us at the systemic injustices (which are real) but in this episode I invite the women amongst us to look inside. When we understand our deep coding
Most screenplays will never sell or get made into movies. So how do you write one that really has a shot at standing out? In this episode, I dive into the idea of writing from your heart and why it matters so much. To sign up for the masterc
We often think if something is hard, then we should give up. We should leave it to the people who are naturally talented, who make it look easy. Today I want to offer you another perspective on this. If you've ever felt like your path is jus
It's every screenwriter's worst nightmare - that their idea will be stolen. But how common is it really? In this episode, you'll learn how to protect your work in the practical sense, but also how to shift your understanding so that you can r
If you know that it's fear that's stopping you, you're halfway to winning the battle. In this episode, I talk about why fear is the #1 enemy of all artists and how to handle it. If you'd like to join my FREE masterclass this month, MAGNETIC,
The key to writing a stand out script is creating unforgettable characters. In this episode, we'll explore why that is - and crucially how to do it. Say goodbye to 2 dimensional stereotypes and instead start writing the kind of characters tha
Do you want to tell a story that isn't yours? Is that okay to do - or are you appropriating someone's story in a way that is inappropriate? How do you make sure that in telling someone else's story you are not committing an offense? How do y
Do you believe that in order for you to sell a script it has to be EXCEPTIONAL? If so, you'll fallen victim to a power-sucking myth. In this episode you'll learn what your script really has to be, and why you get to decide what is worthy of
Many people feel they have Imposter's Syndrome - but do they really? If you're new to something, it might be Beginner's Syndrome, the very uncomfortable feeling of doing something that just doesn't feel natural. But what is real Imposter's Sy
We all do it: look at how others are doing to judge how we are doing. But does it serve us? Is there a way to approach judgement, comparison and envy that can? In this session, I dive into this subject and share the lessons I've learned from
If you dream of writing and selling scripts and making movies, you are dreaming of reaching the Island of Filmmaking Success. In this episode, I share an excerpt from the fifth class of Operation Greenlight, in which I share the truth about th
Last week, I shared a series of 5 free live masterclasses: Operation Greenlight. The aim of these was to provide information and inspiration for you to sell your screenplay or raise money to make it yourself. Today on the podcast, I want to s
Should you write your script with someone else? In this episode, I share my two very different experiences collaborating with others and my thoughts on when you should enter a writing partnership - and when it should be avoided. If you want
This week I share an excerpt from a live session I had with members of my End of Year Screenwriting Challenge group on Sunday January 3. It was a message that I felt worthy of sharing wider - so here it is. You matter. Your work matters. P
What a year! Join me as I unpack 5 lessons that I learned from it, because despite the challenges it was an incredible year for me personally, a year in which I grew and learnt so much. I'd love to hear from you - what were your biggest lesso
In the second excerpt from my recent masterclass series RESET REVOLUTION, we explore the role luck plays in achieving your goals and how to make yourself lucky. You'll also learn why (when setting goals) you must dare to follow your true hear
Whew, what a year it's been! If you're ready to hit the reset button and prepare for the best year of your life in 2021, this is the episode you need. In it, I share why our usual method of goal setting doesn't work - and how to set goals we
A good query letter could change your career overnight (and your life!). A bad one wastes your time and the time of the person you send it to. What makes a good one? How do you make sure that each time you hit SEND you are maximizing your ch
Are you finding it hard to focus on your creative work right now? If you are, you're not alone. Between the election madness, Brexit, and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, it can be hard to show up for your work. In this episode, I share some ide
This question comes up for every aspiring screenwriter and filmmaker: do I have to move to LA or NYC? Here's my take on the answer (and it's not a simple YES or NO). For more info, go to www.dianebell.com
Sometimes things don't go to plan. You don't write the pages you said you would, you hesitate about calling possible investors. It's easy to beat yourself up about it, to feel shame and guilt. But in this episode I explore why being kind to
I'm planning to write a new screenplay by the end of the year, and I wrote a list of the 5 things that I think might stop me. In this episode, I share what they are, and identify the #1 thing that can stop any of us (you included!). If you w
Many screenwriters ask this question as they contemplate writing a new script. Is this idea good enough? In this episode I dig into what we are really asking, and why it might be the wrong question. Along the way, expect thoughts on what ma
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