Today I sit down with Weiko Lin, author of the fantastic new book, Crazy Screenwriting Secrets: How to Capture a Global Audience. The book does a great job delving into structure, character and genre, but Weiko also has a vast amount of experience working in the Chinese film market – now the largest film market in the world.
If you want to write movies for China, you can’t simply take an existing script and move the location from say Chicago to Beijing — Weiko explains why. Also, I was shocked to learn that China doesn’t make movies about ghosts or supernatural events! To find out why, take a listen.
Listen to the podcast below.
Shanee Edwards graduated from UCLA Film School with an MFA in Screenwriting and is currently the film critic for SheKnows.com. She recently won the Next MacGyver television writing competition to create a TV show about a female engineer. Her pilot, Ada and the Machine, is currently in development with America Ferrera’s Take Fountain Productions. You can follow her on Twitter: @ShaneeEdwards