How to Evaluate Stories
April 6, 2012 – 11:56 AM | 2 Comments

This concise checklist of questions and examples helps writers, producers, editors, publishers, and development executives quickly zero in on key story problems. It reveals what’s missing in any problematic plot. Find what’s wrong and fix …

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Video of Laurie teaching at Enter the Pitch Residential Weekend
April 16, 2014 – 7:30 AM | No Comment

This workshop happened a couple of months ago and I just got access to the video–

Enter the Pitch hosted a residential at Low Wood Bay for ten filmmakers who made it in to the final round of our competition.

The residential included an intensive film master class. ‘The Emotional Toolbox’ course was delivered by international film guru Laurie Hutzler. Through her expertise in story and character development she taught each of the filmmakers to explore characters in their own projects by character mapping and exploring character types.

The filmmakers, who travelled from around the UK to attend Low Wood Bay, have spent the past few weeks developing their story ideas in preparation for the Pinewood Studios boardroom pitch this weekend.

The competition winner will win a budget of £25,000 to help make their short film, production support, and advice from top industry professionals. The winner will also fly to Hollywood to meet film industry professionals such as producer Ralph Winter (X-Men, Fantastic Four).

We know that the hopefuls were totally inspired by their surroundings, as many of the film greats have been before them when visiting the Lake District. We wish all 10 finalists the best of luck for the competition final this weekend.

See the Video here–  Pitch Residential Dec2013


Ego vs Misson – Want vs Need
April 9, 2014 – 7:19 AM | No Comment
Ego vs Misson – Want vs Need

A calling might begin with the expression of the self, but it moves toward the needs of others. Author Frederick Buechner says that your calling is “the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.”

Valdimir Putin and the Power of Will
April 2, 2014 – 7:30 AM | No Comment
Valdimir Putin and the Power of Will

Power of Will characters take what they want, fight for every inch of turf, refuse to show any weakness themselves and pounce decisively on the weakness of others.

Make the Strongest Choice
March 23, 2014 – 10:24 AM | No Comment
Make the Strongest Choice

The higher the stakes for the character the more the audience cares about what happens next.

What do Olivia Pope, Nicholas Brody, and Birgitte Nyborg have in common?
March 11, 2014 – 10:04 AM | No Comment
What do Olivia Pope,  Nicholas Brody, and Birgitte Nyborg have in common?

Power of Conscience characters fear not living up to their own internal standards or sense of propriety, honesty, and decency. They are afraid of being or becoming unworthy. These characters don’t fear failure in the eyes of the world; they fear not living up to their own (often impossibly high) standards. They are some of the most conflicted characters on television.

Nigella Lawson and her Recent Troubles
December 5, 2013 – 9:51 AM | 3 Comments
Nigella Lawson and her Recent Troubles

A Power of Love character and a Power of Will character battle it out in court and in the press.

Archetype or Character Type – Wizards in Harry Potter
November 19, 2013 – 6:30 AM | No Comment
Archetype or Character Type – Wizards in Harry Potter

An archetype is a job description: for example a wizard. The Harry Potter book and film series features many different wizards. Each has his or her own individual kind of wizardry and distinctive personality. That’s the problem with archetypes. There is no one way to be a wizard.