Join screenwriter Jason Porto (Sofia Black D'elia) as he delves into a masterclass that will teach you how to write strong, hot, female characters.
- March 08, 2017
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Sofia Black D'elia as Jason Porto
Allen Strickland Williams as Kevin
Bob Turton as Jim
Brenda O'Sullivan as Jim's Wife
Alan Starzinski as Student
Writer/Director: Hannah Levy
Writer/Director: Adrianna Robles
Producer: Nikil Shyam Sunder
Production Coordinator: Jack Bradley
Director of Photography: Matt Sweeney
1st AC: Steven Kan
DIT: William Maxwell
Gaffer: Eddy Scully
Key Grip: David Gilmore
Swing: Chad Carlston
Production Designer: Monika Dovnar
Set Dresser: Christine Cangelose
Sound Mixer: Danny Carpenter
HMU: Jessica Leigh Schwartz
HMU Assistant: Brenna Haukedahl
Wardrobe Stylist: Jordy Scheinberg
Set PA: Sarah Bockian
Set PA: Eddie Cisneros
March 08, 2017
I'm Jason Porto
and I'm a screenwriter.
I started writing as a way of escape
from my upper middle-class upbringing.
Now through writing women,
I've really come to understand them.
Maybe even better than they understand themselves.
The stories I gravitate towards, usually start with a guy.
He's complex but something is missing from his life
and that's when I think,
okay it's time to write a strong
hot female character.
Who is she?
What does she want?
What's her obstacle?
She is beautiful
and there is mystery behind her smile.
You would be amazed what actresses can do with that.
Take, for example, my movie, 'Misunderstood 25 Year Old'
Kevin is the kind of character who's smart and sensitive,
you know a creative genius type.
Unfortunately, he's never heard of the Talking Heads.
- They any good?
I love to play them and dance alone in my room.
I'm so weird.
You're so different.
- Yeah I guess I am.
- Your female characters, they can be anything right?
They can be bossy lawyers
or sexy engineers, right?
Sultry best friends.
Not when they're old,
You wanna give your female lead a twist,
add another layer.
Take my film, 'Sexually Frustrated Husband
'Who's In Love With A Hot Young Girl',
the twist with this character,
she's in college.
- Aww man.
You are so sexy.
- I know, that's why I'm here.
- My wife is naggy and I don't love her anymore.
- I know.
She really does suck.
- Hey honey.
You look so handsome today.
- You used to be fun.
- Mr. Porto, these women are all so one-dimensional.
- Yeah that is hard to hear.
It is upsetting that you cannot see more
than a pretty face in these characters.
- I find this offensive.
- You know what?
I'm not even mad right now.
I'm so grateful.
This is such a teachable moment you guys.
Listen, right now, she's being the shrill best friend.
Hear me out.
You're gonna like this.
The shrill best friend usually goes by an ugly name
We're gonna move back to the sexy engineer
cause obviously somebody is not getting it.
Please join me next time for a lecture on the Bechdel test.
What it is and why I frankly don't care.
What I love about writing women in film
is that once you can free yourself of stereotypes
you're really at a great place
to write a very strong female character.
You know, lemme,
I'm just gonna do one off the dome for you okay.
Let's see what happens.
Emma, looks like a model but man can she crush a burger.
Stacy-Lynne, tough hipster chick
but she's really got a heart.
She's got a dude's name and that's enough
Now don't forget, these are my ideas
so I don't wanna be seeing them at Sundance next year.