Hawaii Screen Writers

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Master the Craft of Screenwriting! [check this out]

Would you like to learn screenwriting, or polish the skills you already have? I would like to take you on a journey to meet some of the most dynamic movers and shakers in the film and television Industries. I have created a four-hour documentary that you've probably never even heard about. It's called:

"Writing for Hollywood: the act of breaking in"

You can watch all eighteen clips of my documentary by clicking on the link below. The link will take you over to the MySpace videos and you can watch them one by one. Be ready to take notes. There is a LOT of material we cover.

My premise was simple: if you really want to know how to do something, why not ask the people who are already doing it? With that in mind, I went to the writers, producers, directors and agents in Hollywood and I asked them a simple question:

"If you were standing in front of a High School classroom and you were going to give them advice on what they need to do to break in to Hollywood and become successful screenwriters, what would you tell them?"

I hope the four hours of information is enough to help you on your own personal journey. I also invite you to tell other people about this resource. If you know someone who wants to write for movies or television, maybe you can help them out by steering them in this direction. I'm just saying =)

You know, I'll even make it easy for you. Here's a link:

Here's the link [click here]

Thank you for your time!

Donnie Nichols
Writing For Hollywood: the act of breaking in

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Screenwriting for Hawaii 4 Replies

It is time for native Hawaiian and Hawaiian haole screenwriters to write stories about Hawaiian life that inspire the world.  Once we were warriors and whale riders.. now we are lucky to get a part…Continue

Tags: indigenous, social, native, Hawaii, screenwriting

Started by Kimo. Last reply by Dawn Star Jul 1, 2012.

Workshop with Academy Award nominated screenwriter Iris Yamashita

Iris Yamashita was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay for Clint Eastwood's Letters From Iwo Jima.  She will be in Honolulu to teach a class with Pacific New Media: The Business of…Continue

Started by Pacific New Media May 20, 2011.

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Comment by Jarrett Palani Hon Ying Inn on September 20, 2012 at 10:42am


Comment by Cheri Isabella on August 12, 2012 at 8:35pm

M.I.A. Art & Literary Series Author and artist Jerrold Shiroma’s workshop, “The Material Word: Thinking Visually About Your Text,” incorporates visual elements into literary works, offering ways to make one’s existing work more visually dynamic. Author Tyler McMahon’s workshop, “Writing Something Out of Nothing,” focuses on generating new material. Register at [email: miaseries]. Fresh Café, 831 Queen St.: Monday 8/20/12, (6-8pm) Free. [], 688-8055

Comment by William Alan Gosline on July 30, 2012 at 4:50am

Anybody here helping each other with coverage? I have a few scripts that are in process and would like to bounce them off of other serious writers. 

One is a sci-fi dystopian script, the other is a magical surrealist/family script that incorporates local mythos. 

Anyone interested, please let me know! 


William Gosline

Comment by Jarrett Palani Hon Ying Inn on May 19, 2012 at 8:55am

I wrote a Martial Art screenplay, need help to make it now. producers, agents, who every likes.

Comment by Jarrett Palani Hon Ying Inn on March 11, 2012 at 2:54pm

Ok, I finish redoing my screenplay.  I'm not a strong writer.  HAN gave me some feed on my old drafts.  Trying for next step.:)

Comment by Martin Troy on April 1, 2011 at 11:40pm
Film director looking for entertaining short scripts!  Anybody got one?
Comment by Damien Hanakeawe on March 23, 2011 at 2:10am

Aloha all,

Interested to see if anyone is interested in swapping coverage for their script.  I'm really busy these days, so meeting with a group would be virtually impossible.  But I'm definitely willing to read someone else's script and offer notes.  


I'm hesitant about putting my work up on sites like Triggerstreet.  I'm hoping to find some solid screenwriter friends here in Hawaii who can offer solid critique.  

Any takers?


Comment by julie jane pittman on March 5, 2011 at 12:29pm
We agree - like the way you say "stories about Hawaiian life that inspire the world"! We are working on three such stories right now- really Hoping for the Maui Film Studio to come alive - the world really needs these kind of inspirational "different view" tales And we all know how Bad Hollywood needs some GOOD stories!! Maui Screenwriting Artists
Comment by Rita Dyan (Ractliffe) on March 4, 2011 at 5:29pm

Mahalos for invite!  I have several scripts WIP trying to show positive and interesting side of island life.



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